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IBT Letter on Romney

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  1. 1. TO: LEGISLATIVE BomD FROM: International Brotherhood of TeBisters DATE: Wed Sep 19 2012 15:04 EDT TEAM International Brotherhood 25 Louisiana Avenue. NW • WBshlngton, DC 20001 • For Immediate Release: Contact: :ieptemDer 1~, ;!Ul;! ualen IVlunroe, l;.!u;.!} O;!4·0~11 TEAMSTERS BLAST ROMNEY FOR HIS DISDAIN FOR WORKERS Romney Tells MIllionaires He Regrets That Unions Would Stop Deep Federal Workforce Cuts (WASHINGTON) - The Teamsters Union blasted Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney today for saying that he wishes labor unions didnt prevent him from slashing the federal workforce as much as hed like if he is elected. "Mitt Romneys blatant disdain for workers is outrageous," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. "He was caught on video disparaging them to the people he is most comfortable with-rich campaign donors. His comments raise even more disturbing questions about whether he would be a president for all Americans or just the wealthy." Romneys remarks came at a private fundraising event with millionaire donors in May, and were captured on video published exclusively by Mother Jones magazine. Romney, who was urged by a donor to "clean house" if elected, said: "I wish we werent so unionized so we could go a lot deeper than youre actually allowed to go." "Workers are dying in unsafe mines," Hoffa said. "Contaminated food is killing people and their pets. A drug war is raging on our border. Air traffic controllers are overworked. Were on heightened alert for terrorist attacks. How can Mitt Romney justify jeopardizing the safety of Americans?" Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, including more than 7,500 delivery drivers and merchandisers at Hostess. Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and "like" us on Facebook at -30- OPT OUT CALL 800.578.7888 REF " 7275564A280 PAGE 1 OF 1