Teamsters

North America's Strongest Union

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-Sept. 2014
USTR Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Sept. 2014-Present (four-year term)
USTR Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

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

Board of Directors, The Roosevelt Institute

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

Hoffa: Union Pension Fight Heats Up at Capitol

The Teamsters have been vocal in their call for multiemployer pension reform for years. But now the union and its members are redoubling our efforts and ramping up the fight on Capitol Hill to let lawmakers and their aides know what is at stake and how a piece of legislation co-sponsored by five members of Michigan’s congressional delegation is the right vehicle to fix the retirement mess facing some 1.5 million people nationwide.

Hoffa: King’s Economic Dreams Remain Unfulfilled

By James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, April 4, 2018

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who stands forever tall as one of the greatest leaders in U.S. history.

Hoffa: Case is Cover for Anti-Union Advocates

By James P. Hoffa
Published in Detroit News, March 7, 2018

Workers in Michigan and across the nation have repeatedly come under attack from corporate interests looking to tamp down on wages so they can pocket higher profits. The latest example? A court case argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week that seeks to gut public sector unions in an effort to reduce their effectiveness in the workplace.

Hoffa: Priorities in the New Year

By James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Jan. 3, 2018

The start of the New Year is a time for everyone to take stock of what is important. And the Teamsters are doing the same.

Hoffa: It's Time to Protect Pensions

Pensions supply a secure retirement for millions of Americans across the country. But increasingly, some plans have faced financial challenges that threaten the nest eggs of many who toiled for decades with the understanding they would be taken care of in their golden years.

Hoffa: There's Value in Membership

By James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Nov. 1, 2017

Organizing is the life blood of every union. And last week, more than 150 Teamster organizers from across the country gathered in Detroit to strategize how to educate workers about the value of union membership.

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