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Teamster Thugs Threaten Whole Foods

From a Brotherhood Of Teamsters press release:

General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, James P. Hoffa and Mr. Obama.

Teamsters Call on Whole Foods, UNFI to Support Health Reform

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today the Teamsters protested at the "Entrepreneur’s Open Forum" at the Numi Tea Garden to highlight Whole Food’s hypocrisy of claiming to support sustainable policies while its CEO lobbies against real health reform for its workers and customers. Executives from Whole Foods and its leading supplier United Natural Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNFI) led discussions on "strategies for healthy business growth."

The Whole Foods CEO, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, attacked President Obama’s efforts to reform America’s ailing health care system. Whole Foods believes that Americans have no right to health care and that health care should be an individual responsibility. That’s easy for its CEO, who can afford expensive private health insurance, to say.

The Teamsters believe it is shameful for Whole Foods to seek to shift the health care burden even further onto individuals and to call for less government help in solving America’s health care crisis.

"Whole Foods’ CEO is talking out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to enacting real change in health reform," said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa. "We can’t allow corporate agendas to stop us from making health care affordable for everyone."

The Teamsters call upon Whole Foods, and its principal supplier UNFI, to promote a sustainable organic food supply chain and sustainable jobs, and support our President’s efforts for a sustainable health care system for America…

Translation: support Obama-care or we will knee-cap you.

Every day this country moves a few more feet closer to Venezuela.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “Teamster Thugs Threaten Whole Foods”

  1. catie says:

    I’ve been going to Whole Foods since the libs started boycotting it. I had never been there and don’t go all the time because they’re pretty pricey but I do what I can.

  2. These freakin’ hypocrites.

    Whole Foods believes that Americans have no right to health care and that health care should be an individual responsibility.

    So explain to me, you a**holes, WHY IS IT WHOLE FOODS EMPLOYEES HAVE THEIR HEALTH CARE PAID IN FULL BY THE COMPANY? (See: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/08/21/letter-from-a-whole-foods-worker/).

    • AmericanIPA says:

      Your quote from the piece along with this one:

      “The Teamsters believe it is shameful for Whole Foods to seek to shift the health care burden even further onto individuals and to call for less government help in solving America’s health care crisis.”

      …just shows how backwards and skewed the Nanny State has made our logic. Why on Earth is it an employer’s responsibility to provide health insurance? This all started out as an incentive to get employees to sign on with one company over it’s competition, and now look where it is thanks to the entitlement mentality that is setting in on Americans.

      In contrast to the Teamsters, I think it’s shameful that any individual’s burdens are shifted anywhere! If we can’t take responsibility to pay for our own health, what responsibility can we take? I realize people get down on their luck or have sudden catastrophic illnesses hit them at times, but this is what health insurance is for. And on top of that, the employers acting as middlemen are only INCREASING the price of that insurance. A public safety net for the rare occasion that someone needs it isn’t such a bad idea, but start there instead of with this overblown government power grab that will only lower the quality of health care in the US.

  3. Semper-Par-FI says:

    Whole food market verses what, half food? Just over priced regular food.

  4. bill says:

    Every day this country moves a few more feet closer to Venezuela

    yep you are dead right.

    Today comes word that a key Hugo Chavez opposition leader in Venezuela was found murdered.

    Yesterday it was the key fed witness against Blago who died of an aspirin overdose …

    • Petronius says:

      Dad was killed by the Teamsters Union.

      My father was a judge –– one of those judges from the old school, a decent man and a loyal American, who still believed in the Constitution, believed in the rule of law, believed that a contract was a contract, and believed in self-responsibility.

      He was hearing a case in which the Teamsters had an interest. He began receiving death threats from the Teamsters. They called my parents at home, and threatened to kill both my mother and father.

      My father reported the phone calls to the FBI. But Jimmy Carter was the president then, and of course the labor unions could do no wrong. So the FBI turned a blind eye, and nothing was done. The threats continued. My father was given no protection.

      My father was attacked from behind one morning while leaving a building. He was struck viciously on the back of the head by a blunt instrument, and left bleeding unconscious in the parking lot. He was not robbed.

      A taxi driver found him, discovered his address in his wallet, and drove him home. My mother called for an ambulance, and they took him to the hospital.

      After surgery and after long months in the hospital he made a fair recovery. But some years later he finally died of his wounds.

      He was driving over to visit me, and collapsed in my front yard. The paramedics drove him to hospital. The paramedics robbed him en route.

      Dad died a few weeks later.

      Remember this story the next time you hear a Democrat utter the word “justice.” Remember this story the next time you see a photo of our grinning president and his chums in the Teamsters.

      Whole Foods CEO John Mackey had better watch his back. And get a concealed carry permit.

    • proreason says:

      Your dad was a hero and a patriot, Petronius.

      America 2008 was the conscience and envy of the world because of people like him.

      We will take it back from the slime and curs who defecate in the halls of justice today, including their titular leader and the criminals who prop him up.

    • texaspsue says:

      “Your dad was a hero and a patriot, Petronius.”

      My sentiments exactly, Petronius. My heart aches at the thought of the living hell you and your family had to endure. Thoughts and prayers to you. :-)

      We have to take our Country back from these thugs. It makes you wonder how many people are put in similar situations and we never hear about it.

    • Colonel1961 says:


      My heart goes out to you. I lost my father two days ago, but to cancer, not some un-American thug! And the paramedics robbed him? You’re a better man than me – I’d be in jail…


    • TwilightZoned says:

      “Your dad was a hero and a patriot, Petronius.”

      Couldn’t agree more! The current Thugacracy appears even more blatant and without shame.

    • proreason says:

      Condolences to you as well colonel.

      It’s never easy…..sadder that your father’s life had to be desecrated by a crime. That has to be hard to swallow.

    • Melly says:

      Petronius – I’m so sorry about the events that led to your Father’s passing. What animals.

      And Colonel 1961 – deepest sympathy for the loss of your Dad.

      May those that rob the dying burn in hell.

      My uncle died in a car crash when he was 21 back in 1964. He had just picked up his weekly pay. The police or the amubulence technicians robbed him. There are always vultures out there, as you all know.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Actually Petronius – you bring up a terrible year in my life memory.

      My dad was Chief of Staff at a local hospital (1968) he was very, very (this is not some vapid liberal statement) good friends with one of the local leaders of the NAACP. My family had known & employed his grandmother and we took his two children into our home during the local riots after MLKs assassination and my father worked very closely with police when his wife was shot – some (read NAACP) wanted to call it a suicide attempt. So my father stated he did not care what color a person was who was hired at his hospital, they just had to be qualified. The more radical parts of the NAACP voted to sue him for not doing the dance of Affirmative Action gimme jobs. He was planning to step out of it all – his job, his local positions (such as School Boards & local Dr for hotels/FBI) and his home (which at the time was a farm with 4 homes on it – two rented out, one ours and one his mothers [My grandfather set it all up during WWII so that the daughters-in-law could live ‘with’ them while the sons were serving]). And walk away from OH for ever. He dropped dead the evening before we were to leave.

      I know that the added stress of the lawsuit was just another problem – but he loved this area – his elderly mother was here – and it all added up to them basically driving him away – which he probably could not do. This was his family’s life (his Grandfather, his Dad, his Uncle, and his Brother had all been Drs in this area) and because he chose pure and simple (and for his patients the best option) common sense – a lawsuit was brought that was probably the last straw that killed him.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Yes – My family’s condolences Colonel 1961 – we will say a prayer this evening for your father and you and your family.

      I guess I should read all the comments before I post.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    Prayers for your father, Petronius, and your entire family!

    Good .. will always triumph over evil. Sounds like your Dad paid the ultimate price; but surely because of his goodness and justness, he lives in triumphant eternity today!

    God bless and grace you all, Petronius!

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Gosh .. and your father as well, Colonel!!!

      Special blessings and grace to you and your family!

      God Bless!

  6. Byrd says:

    Once again, this is not about health care, it is about power to the thugs.

  7. Melly says:

    Here’s the WSJ opinion piece by Mackey on Obamacare:


    While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:

  8. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Hoffa is living proof of the old adage that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Including really rotten ones. I never did like the teamsters, even from my youth. I think of them as nothing but murderers who would kneecap (or whack) their own mother to serve their interests.

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