Digital Debate: Teamster's Hoffa & Amway Heir DeVos: Clash Over Unions!

October 29, 2012 4:11 PM
Digital Debate: Teamster's Hoffa & Amway Heir DeVos: Clash Over Unions!
" Teamsters President James P. Hoffa is associated with the labor movement as few others, having been weaned on it by his late father, storied union boss Jimmy Hoffa who ran the powerful organization decades earlier.

Billionaire Dick DeVos is connected to conservative causes and pro-business GOP issues just as his influential 86-year-old father, Amway co-founder and philanthropist Richard DeVos.

Young Hoffa and DeVos have vastly differing views of unions, which is why in this heated political climate battles are raging across America over unions in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, California and other states, the two took time to participate in CBS Local Digital Debate.

This exclusive week-long forum kicks off with this question: Some say the union movement helped build America’s Middle Class but the economy and times are changing. Are unions necessary for a strong America in the 21st Century?

The two will answer a different question each day this week with retorts to responses likely.

See The Debate HERE.

“I believe unions are more relevant than ever,” said Hoffa, who represents 1.4 million members. “All across the country – including Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana – we have seen a coordinated assault on the labor movement and collective bargaining.”

“Anti-worker billionaires like the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and Richard DeVos [Dick’s father] have backed these efforts to turn back the clock on the middle class.” "

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