Hoffa, Teamsters Call on Congress to Reopen Government

Published: Jan 18 2019 8:49AM

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa joined other labor leaders at a rally today in the nation’s capital to call for an end of a partial federal government shutdown that has left 800,000 government workers without a paycheck for nearly a month.

Speaking outside of Nationals Park, Hoffa said it is time for the Senate to vote on a funding bill approved by the House earlier this month that would fully reopen the government and allow not only federal workers but contractors as well to return to the job with pay.

“We all know what’s going on,” Hoffa told union workers, including many Teamsters, in attendance. “We are here to rally with you and call for the vote. It’s time for this to come to an end.”

He added, “Congress is getting paid, but the most essential people, the government workers, aren’t getting paid. I call for them to go on and do their job!”

Today’s rally marks the second such gathering in as many weeks. Thousands showed up at similar events outside the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington and all over the country on Jan. 10 demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stop holding workers hostage as part of the shutdown.