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Detriot Free Press: Teamsters Chief James P. Hoffa: Top Priority is Keeping Workers Safe


Teamsters leader James P. Hoffa has dealt with the fallout of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the global economic meltdown of 2008, but nothing comes close to the wholesale devastation he’s seeing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic


“This is about our health, our communities and our well being,” said Hoffa , who has served as general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters since 1999. I caught up with him via phone (he was at his Oakland County home adhering to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order). We talked about the crisis, the road ahead and his future.


Hoffa’s been associated with the American labor movement like few others, having been weaned on it by his late father, storied union boss Jimmy Hoffa, who ran the same union decades ago.