James Hoffa will be retiring as head of the Teamsters union, ending the reign of his family Hoffa after 46 years. This is 46 years after Jimmy mysteriously disappeared.

Jimmy, who was involved with organized crime, was convicted of jury fraud, attempted bribery and conspiracy to wirefraud. It is thought that he had been assassinated by the mafia for a notorious unsolved murder.

James took the reins at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters which represents 1.4million blue collar and professional workers in the US and Canada, including factory workers, truck drivers and airline staff,  in 1999.

The UPS staff, as well as employees from DHL, United Airlines and US Foods are all currently members. 

In this month’s election, the union will elect its first president-general in 22 years. This is the same role Jimmy ruled it from 1957 to 1958.

Incorporated in 1903, the Teamsters is one of the most influential and powerful unions in America. This reputation was forged by Jimmy’s criminal links.

The reign of the Hoffa family at the Teamsters union is coming to an end as James Hoffa (pictured) is finally stepping down aged 80

Hoffa’s reign at Teamsters is ending as James Hoffa, (pictured), is now 80.

Teamsters former boss James R. Hoffa vanished in 1975 after arriving at a meeting with mafia bosses a Detroit restaurant

James R. Hoffa, the former leader of Teamsters vanished after he arrived at a meeting in Detroit with Mafia bosses.

This led to investigations into federal corruption as Teamsters’ influence increased after the Second World War.

John F Kennedy elected President in 1960. His brother Robert was his attorney general.

Hoffa was convicted in 1964 of various crimes related to the attempted corruption of a grand Juror in a Nashville case for conspiracy.

He was granted bail but was then convicted on two counts: conspiracy and mail and wire fraud following improper use by the Teamsters’ pension funds.

After serving his first sentence, he received a thirteen-year term in prison. But, only five years later, Nixon intervened to release him.

The intrigue about his life and death inspired Martin Scorsese's hit gangster film The Irishman, with Al Pacino starring as Hoffa (pictured alongside Robert de Niro as Frank Sheeran and Ray Romano s Bill Bufalino

Martin Scorsese’s hit movie The Irishman was inspired by his intrigue over the life and death of Al Pacino, who plays Hoffa. 

Hoffa was last seen alive on July 30, 1975, eating at a restaurant in suburban Detroit where he’s believed to have met a group of Mafiosos whom he’d known for decades, in an effort to secure their support for his bid to return as the Teamster’s president

Hoffa was last seen alive on July 30, 1975, eating at a restaurant in suburban Detroit where he’s believed to have met a group of Mafiosos whom he’d known for decades, in an effort to secure their support for his bid to return as the Teamster’s president

Hoffa left his home in his green Pontiac Grand Ville (above) and drove to the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township. After he left, he disappeared

Hoffa drove from his house in the Pontiac Grand Ville, which is shown above, to Bloomfield Township’s Machus Red Fox restaurant. He vanished shortly after he left.

In return for his support of the union in 1972, a deal was reached that Hoffa would resign from the Teamsters leadership.

Teamsters have traditionally backed Democrat candidate.

Nixon’s Commutation stipulated that Hoffa couldn’t ‘engage or indirectly manage any labor organization until 1980, but Hoffa claimed that he didn’t agree to this condition.

One year later, he planned to seize again the Teamsters leadership and sought to overturn the commutation restrictions.

Although Hoffa won the court battle, the mafia tried to stop him from reaching power.

Teamsters had already seen the rise of several mafia leaders, like Anthony Provenzano.

Hoffa wanted his support, but Provenzano replied by threating to rip out his stomach and kidnap all his grandchildren.

After agreeing to meet with Provenzano, Anthony Giacalone (an alleged mafia kingpin), Hoffa disappeared July 30, 1975.

The body of the victim was not found, and in 1982, he was officially declared legally dead.

His disappearance remains a mystery with many conspiracy theories. Martin Scorsese made The Irishman about the intrigue surrounding his life and death, with Al Pacino playing Hoffa.

It was recently claimed he may be buried in a steel drum beneath other metal barrels at a New Jersey landfill site, by Frank Cappola, the son of the late mobster Paul Cappola Sr.

Although the site under the Pulaski Skyway was once owned by Cappola’s dad, it is now in the New Jersey Department of Transportation. It is currently used by a local Waste Management Company to store any unused dumpsters. 

Cappola says Hoffa was murdered after he showed up for a Mafia meeting. Cappola said that Hoffa’s body was taken to New Jersey by Cappola, who then told Fox Nation that his father had put him in an iron barrel and then placed him headfirst. 

The site where Jimmy Hoffa is said to be buried at a landfill in New Jersey

Jimmy Hoffa’s grave is believed to have been buried in a New Jersey landfill. 

Frank Cappola claimed in November 2019 that Hoffa's body was buried at the landfill site and that it was his father who put him there. Cappola died in February 2020

Paul Cappola Sr who died in 2008

Frank Cappola (left)  claimed in November 2019 that Hoffa’s body was buried at the landfill site and that it was his father Paul (right) who put him there. Cappola was killed in February 2020. 

James Hoffa’s replacement as president of Teamsters will need to deal with shortages in staff due to the pandemic that has led to strikes throughout the US, increasing inflation, and backlogs in ports.

Recent polls show that support for unions is at its greatest since 1965 in the United States.

Teamsters also have their eyes on Amazon and are trying to organize employees despite the resistance of tech company bosses. 

James Hoffa is the second-longest serving President of the Union’s History. He said Amazon was an ‘existential danger to every Teamster’. 

Erik Loomis of the University of Rhode Island was a labor historian and stated to the Wall Street Journal that Hoffa is synonymous with Teamsters. 

Current Hoffa must lead as per a 1989 consent decree that was passed to eradicate corruption and mafia influence by strict federal supervision.

He said: ‘In the Teamsters union, my father is a great hero, and I have been very, very proud to carry that name and to carry on the work that he started years ago and we’ve done that.’

Martin Scorsese’s Netflix smash-hit, The Irishman, the latest film to offer a fictionalized version of Hoffa’s st (pictured: Al Pacino playing the role of Hoffa)

Martin Scorsese’s Netflix smash-hit, The Irishman, is the latest film to offer a fictionalized version of Hoffa’s story (pictured: Al Pacino playing the role of Hoffa)

This week’s elections will make it clear whether Sean O’Brien and Steve Vairma are the next general presidents.

Vairma, currently Secretary-treasurer for Teamsters Local 455 Denver, and Director of Teamsters’ Warehouse Division.

O’Brien, who was previously the head of the package division and president of Teamsters Local 25 Boston, is now O’Brien.

A five-year term will be awarded to the winner. This will see the negotiation of national agreements by DHL workers and car transporters during the first half next year.

They both stated that they plan to create Amazon, but it is a difficult task.

An Amazon spokeswoman said they don’t believe unions are suitable for their employees, saying: ‘Everyday we empower people to find ways to improve their jobs, and when they do that we want to make those changes—quickly. 

“This type of continuous improvement takes more time and effort than it seems, even if you have the unions at your side.   


The FBI has long suspected that Hoffa fell victim to a mob hit, with his death having been orchestrated by the ‘highest echelons of organised crime’.

Hoffa, seven years after his disappearance, was declared officially dead in 1982. However, there have been no remains to confirm this. There has also been speculation as to where he is buried, and conspiracy theories regarding who did the apparent whacking. 

Hoffa became the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the world’s largest labor unions, in 1957.

The FBI long suspected that Hoffa fell victim to a mob hit. His body was never found

Hoffa was suspected by the FBI of being a victim to mob violence. The body of Hoffa was not found. 

His ties with organized crime emerged shortly after his appointment. This angered the federal government most particularly Bobby Kennedy who was the Attorney General of his brother, President John F. Kennedy.

Relations between the two became so fraught that Kennedy created a 20-prosecutor team in the Justice Department dedicated to ‘get Hoffa’ on corruption charges.

In 1964, he was convicted for illegally funneling large amounts of pension funds loans to top organized crime leaders. A second conviction was later handed down for trying to bribe an impartial grand jury.

Before Richard Nixon changed his sentence from time served to one of sentencing, Hoffa served only four years out of his original 13-year prison term. Hoffa was denied freedom but was prohibited from participating in union activities after 1980.

After his released from prison, Hoffa’s once tight-knit relationship with the mafia began to spectacularly fall apart.  

A clip from The Irishman film in a break in the trial of Jimmy Hoffa, from left, Chuckie O'Brien (Jesse Plemons), Bill Bufalino (Ray Romano), Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) and Hoffa (Al Pacino) appear shocked at the news of JFK's assassination

The Irishman Film: A short clip in the trial against Jimmy Hoffa. Left to left are Chuckie O’Brien (Jesse Plemons), Bill Bufalino, Ray Romano, Frank Sheeran, and Hoffa. They appear shocked by JFK’s murder.

Hoffa, on that fateful July Day, left home in his Pontiac Grand Ville green Pontiac Grand Ville at the afternoon to drive to Machus Red Fox in Bloomfield Township.

He had, according to some reports, planned a luncheon with Anthony Provenzano (a caporegime from the Genovese crime clan and acting president of Teamsters Union) and Tony “Jocks” Giacalone (a key figure in Detroit’s organized criminal scene).

The meeting had been scheduled to take place at 2pm, but fifteen minutes later, an incensed Hoffa called his wife from a payphone to tell her he’d been ‘stood up’, asking her ‘Where the hell is Tony Giacalone?’

Then at 3:27pm, with no apparent sign of Giacalone or Provenzano, Hoffa called his former rival-turned-close friend Louis Linteau, who also once headed up Teamsters, telling him: ‘That dirty son of a b***h Tony Jocks set this meeting up, and he’s an hour and a half late.’

Linteau advised Hoffa that he should calm down, and asked him to visit his office while en route home. Hoffa agreed and then hung up – ending what would prove to be his final ever communication.

When Hoffa’s family reported that he’d failed to return home the next morning, Linteau retraced his friend’s steps to the Machus Red Fox, finding his unlocked Pontiac in the parking lot, with no sign of Hoffa or what direction he may have headed in.