James P. Hoffa
The Teamsters are well on their way to transforming the labor movement into a social force that can improve the lives of all working people. To reach our goal, we must engage people in our struggle for social and economic justice. That means reaching out to those in need. We must remind the world that collectively we can make a difference. That one voice may get lost in the crowd, but together our voices will be heard. And when
our voice is heard, its impact will be felt around the globe.
When I was elected in 1998, I knew the journey to rebuild the Teamsters and the labor movement would be difficult. But if we are to build better lives for our families, our communities and our country, it is a journey that we must make.
Solidarity is the key to our future, and through
solidarity we will prevail in our struggle for fairness and justice.
office on March 19, 1999, James P. Hoffa has
been rebuilding the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Hoffa’s leadership, Union membership has
increased and, for the first time in nearly ten
years, the Union budget is balanced. As a result
of renewed solidarity, Teamsters are 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 concessions for China — now
hold sway in Washington’s power corridors.
James P. Hoffa
has spent a lifetime preparing for the challenge
of running the Teamsters Union. He knows,
first-hand, what Teamsters can accomplish when
they work together. He is determined to lead a
Union that is a credit to its proud history.
I’m most excited about is that together we’ve
tackled the hardest problems head-on and won,”
says Hoffa. “That’s the Teamster way. A
national Carhaul agreement, a fair contract at
last for Northwest’s flight attendants,
keeping unsafe Mexican trucks off our highways,
10,000 new jobs at UPS — all these victories
are products of the renaissance of Teamster
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. On his 18th
birthday, Hoffa received his own union card and
was sworn in by his father. Prior to becoming
Administrative Assistant to Michigan Joint
Council 43, Hoffa was a labor lawyer in Detroit
for 25 years.
laborer in Detroit and Alaska, loading and
unloading freight from ships, driving trucks
and buses, and operating heavy equipment.
Teamster attorney representing members in
workers compensation cases, Social Security,
and personal legal matters; represented
Teamster joint councils and local unions.
Administrative Assistant to the President of
Michigan Joint Council 43.
General President, International Brotherhood
Graduated from Detroit public schools,
National Honor Society, All-City and
All-State football player.
Degree in Economics, Michigan State
University, played football under legendary
coach Duffy Daugherty.
LLB Law Degree, University of Michigan.
Awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship to work
in Michigan State Senate.
May 19, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan
Parents – Josephine and James R. Hoffa;
Sister – Barbara Hoffa Crancer, attorney
and Circuit Judge in St. Louis, Mo.; Wife
– Virginia Harris Hoffa, former teacher
and licensed veterinary technician; Children
– David and Geoffrey, both Michigan State
Outdoor activities including fishing,
hunting and golf.
enforce Teamster contracts
Project RISE anti-corruption program;
fiscal reform and budgetary accountability;
trade policies that threaten American jobs;
stricter health and safety regulations.