Teamsters

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James P. Hoffa

General President

James P. Hoffa
General President
International Brotherhood of Teamsters

James P. Hoffa has been on a mission—to build the Teamsters Union into the strongest, most powerful voice in North America for working families—and he is well on his way to achieving this goal. Under Hoffa’s leadership, the Teamsters Union is winning industry-leading contracts, engaging in vigorous contract enforcement and organizing the unorganized. Teamster positions on the issues of the day—from unsafe Mexican trucks to misguided trade policies—now hold sway in Washington’s power corridors.

Hoffa has spent a lifetime preparing for the challenge of running the Teamsters Union. He knows, first-hand, what Teamsters can accomplish when they are united. He is leading a Union that is a credit to its proud history.

Hoffa is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Union issues. As the most visible and outspoken critic of government trade policies and anti-worker corporate agendas, Hoffa is recognized as a leader on issues that affect working people.

BACKGROUND

James P. Hoffa grew up on picket lines and in union meetings. He is the only son of James R. Hoffa, former General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Prior to becoming Administrative Assistant to Michigan Joint Council 43, Hoffa was a labor lawyer in Detroit for 25 years. This year, he will pass his father as the second-longest serving Teamsters General President. Hoffa was elected to his third term in 2011.

TEAMSTER CAREER

  • 1960s: Teamster laborer in Detroit and Alaska, loading and unloading freight from ships, driving trucks and buses, and operating heavy equipment

  • 1968-93: Teamster attorney representing members, local unions and Joint Councils in worker compensation cases, Social Security, and personal legal matters

  • 1993-98: Administrative Assistant to the President of Michigan Joint Council 43

  • 1999-Present: General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

APPOINTMENTS

Feb. 2002-Feb.2004
President’s Council on the 21st Century Workforce

March 2002-March 2004
Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board

Nov. 2009-May 2012
Department of Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy

Aug. 2012-Present (four year term)
Department of Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations and Trade Policy

Sept. 2010-Present (four year term)
USTR Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

June 2013-Present (two year term)
National Freight Advisory Committee

EDUCATION

  • 1959: Graduated from Detroit public schools, National Honor Society, All-City and All-State football player

  • 1963: Degree in Economics, Michigan State University, played football under legendary coach Duffy Daugherty

  • 1966: LLB Law Degree, University of Michigan

  • 1967: Awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship to work in Michigan State Senate 

TEAMSTER GOALS

  • Organize the unorganized

  • Negotiate industry-leading contracts

  • Vigorously enforce Teamster contracts

  • Ensure a corruption-free union

  • Continue to improve and expand Teamster assets

  • Fight trade policies that threaten American jobs and other anti-labor legislation

Congress, Detroit Have Role In Improving Retirement Confidence

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on November 13, 2013

A secure retirement used to be seen as a right for all hard-working Michiganders. Whether you were a city government employee in Detroit or a private sector worker in Pontiac, if you put in the time and did your job well, you would be rewarded with a nest egg for your golden years that would allow you live comfortably.

The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on February 13, 2013

Michigan’s lame-duck legislative session was just a warm up for radical billionaires. They are now spreading their gospel of greed and corporate empowerment to Statehouses throughout the country.

Anti-worker laws enacted in Michigan are now appearing as legislation in New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania and Missouri. The strikingly similar language suggests a coordinated attack on working people. 

Let the Majority Rule: It’s Time for Filibuster Reform

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on January 9, 2013

The Employee Free Choice Act would be the law of the land today if it weren't for the modern filibuster.

The Employee Free Choice Act, or EFCA, would have made it easier to organize a union. In 2008, it easily passed the House of Representatives. A solid majority of U.S. senators supported the bill. But they never got a chance to vote on it, and EFCA died.

Snyder Declares Civil War In Michigan

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on December 12, 2012

Working families are taking to the streets, the shopping malls and to Lansing to protest the attempt to enact a law that conveys no rights and provides no work.

The past few days of action are only the opening salvo in Michigan’s civil war. It is a fight between billionaires who want to turn the Midwest into Canada's Mexico and working people trying to save Michigan's middle class.

No Need to Rush to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on November 14, 2012

Working people sent a clear message on Nov. 6: We do not want cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. We do want jobs, investment in infrastructure and higher taxes on millionaires.

Remember When Romney Cracked Down on Outsourcing? Me Neither

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Huffington Post on November 4, 2012

Millions of Americans need good-paying jobs. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney doesn't have a plan to create them.

That's just what you'd expect from a man who made his fortune sending American jobs overseas and profitable companies into bankruptcy.

Retiree Health Insurance

This program consists of several different benefits for Teamster retirees. These Teamster benefits can help you and your family cut the rising cost of health care.

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