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: New NAFTA Should Help Workers

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, May 3, 2017

The Trump administration and Congress are ramping up efforts to consider changes to trade and health care policy in the coming days. And for workers in Michigan and across the U.S., much is at stake. Both issues offer an opportunity for the White House and Capitol Hill to put aside partisan differences and work together to fix these serious problems.

Hoffa: Workers of the World Unite Against Global Greed

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Huffington Post, March 30, 2017

Despite the efforts of XPO CEO Bradley Jacobs to isolate the Teamsters in the fight for justice, company workers across the globe are standing together.

Hoffa: Trade Deal Should Help Workers

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
​Published in the Detroit News, March 1, 2017

Michigan has seen firsthand the terrible damage trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have brought to this country. Nearly 200,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in the state since the deal took effect, and it is estimated NAFTA has cost the U.S. more than 700,000 jobs overall as of 2013.

Hoffa: House GOP Renews War on Workers with 'Right to Work' Bill

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Huffington Post, Feb. 7, 2017

Elected representatives said they learned a lesson from last year's election when it came to helping workers, This new legislation proves they haven't. 

Hoffa: Thousand of UC Workers Go on Strike for Fair Wages, Pension

By Teamster General President James P. Hoffa
​Published in the Huffingtonpost, Jan. 10, 2017

Today, thousands of University of California (UC) administrative, clerical and support workers are on strike across the Golden State, taking a stand against a UC system that has turned its back on them by not paying them a wage that allows them to support themselves and their families.

Hoffa: Workers Need Real Pension Reform

By Teamster General President James P. Hoffa
​Published in the Detroit News, Jan. 4, 2017

Teamsters won a pension battle in December that could have hurt workers, retirees. But now is the time for a permanent fix.

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