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: 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.

Hoffa: NAFTA Should Deal With Trucking, Labor

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in Detroit News, Oct. 4, 2017

As governments continue to grapple with much-needed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. and Canadian Teamsters have joined together to stand up for workers and push for policy changes that will improve their lives and livelihoods.

Hoffa: Unions Can Jump-Start Economy

By James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Sept. 6, 2017

Watching the response of the Teamsters and other unions’ members to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey makes Labor Day this year more meaningful than ever.

Hoffa: Labor Rights And Solidarity In NAFTA Renegotiation

By General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Huffington Post, August 16, 2017

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and Teamsters Canada President Francois Laporte lay out a path for NAFTA renegotiation in the Huffington Post that is fair to workers.

James P. Hoffa: Labor Voices: Get serious about good jobs

By General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, August 2, 2017

Jobs are a vehicle for economic opportunity. They should provide the pay and benefits workers in Michigan and around the country need to support themselves and their families. But increasingly that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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