Hoffa: Union against EchoStar-DirecTV merger


During a private meeting with President George W. Bush last week, Teamsters
union president James P. Hoffa reiterated the union's strong opposition to the merger
of EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV Inc., a Teamsters
spokesman confirmed, although he added, "They didn't get into a deep discussion."

In May, the Teamsters issued a statement saying that they were against the combo.

"The merger threatens competition and will adversely affect the blue-collar
workers at both companies," the spokesman said.