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: 2020 Presidential Candidates Must Share Vision for Labor

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Nov. 6, 2019

The 2020 presidential election, now less than a year away, is arriving at a key moment in U.S. history. Workers, long the backbone of this nation, are falling behind because they’ve been ignored at the expense of corporations. Next November’s vote is an opportunity to change that and pave a path to prosperity.

Hoffa: Workers Deserve Protection From Anti-Union Employers

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Oct. 2, 2019

A U.S. House committee last week took a much-needed step towards empowering workers by approving legislation that would expand their right to organize on the job while shielding them from employer intimidation if they choose to form a union.

Hoffa: Empowering Workers Now Through 2020

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Sept. 4, 2019

This Labor Day, unions like the Teamsters find themselves in a strong position. The public’s support of the labor movement is as strong as it’s been in the last 16 years. There is an understanding by a sizable majority in this country that hardworking Americans deserve higher pay and greater respect on the job.

Hoffa: Presidential Candidates Shouldn't Ignore Worker Concerns

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Aug. 7, 2019

The 2020 Democratic Party presidential debates came to Detroit last week, and I was hoping to hear more from the candidates about kitchen table issues that affect hardworking Americans. Frankly, the whole thing was a bit of a disappointment.

Hoffa: Michigan Attorney General Takes Aim at Wage Theft

By James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, July 3, 2019

Businesses have been treating their workers as independent contractors and shorting them much needed pay, benefits and job security for years. Now, Michigan is doing something about it.

 

Hoffa: Protecting Pension Remains Top Priority

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, June 5, 2019

It is encouraging when elected officials can work across party lines to get things done.

Take, for example, Michigan’s historic no-fault auto insurance reform bill signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week. After years of grappling with making changes to the 1973 law, Democrats and Republicans in the state worked together to take action that will result in a reduction in the nation’s highest auto insurance rates.

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