August 16, 2013: In online discussion forums, many Teamsters are asking where Hoffa came from and how he became Teamster President. In response to members' questions, TDU is re-issuing two documents on the history of James Hoffa prior to his election as Teamster President.
These two thoroughly-researched documents were produced in 1996 for the Ron Carey Campaign. They document Hoffa's work and background over a long period of time. The facts in these reports have never been refuted.
The first is Jimmy Hoffa Junior: A Study of His Connections to Corrupt Elements in the Labor Movement. This documents Hoffa's cozy and profitable relationship with corrupt individuals and mob figures.
Hoffa has never been able to shake himself from this sordid history. As General President, he launched Project Rise to fight corruption. But his handpicked director, Ed Stier, resigned after Hoffa's office blocked his efforts to investigate corruption when it got close to Hoffa's key allies. "The problem is Hoffa," Stier said.
The second report is Hoffa Junior: His Record of Ties to Employers. This documents Hoffa's life-long record of siding with employers, for his own financial gain, and against Teamster members and other workers.
His recent dismal record of bargaining with UPS, ABF, UPS Freight, YRC, Republic Airways, and Gate Gourmet will be better understood if you read this history.
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