Formed in 1903, its full title is International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers in America. In the late 1950s its president, David Beck, was indicted for having links with criminals, whereupon the trade (labor) union was expelled from the AFL‐CIO. Congress then passed the Landrum–Griffin Act, which gave the secretary of labor considerable powers over the finances of unions. Beck's successor, Hoffa, was found guilty of trying to influence a federal jury while on trial for misusing union funds in 1964. Thereafter, the union sought to recover its reputation by cooperating closely with such responsible union leaders as Walter Reuther of the United Automobile Workers. Led by Hoffa's son, James P. Hoffa, since 1999, and counting 1.4 million members in 2007, the union has maintained great bargaining power within the USA, not least owing to its ability to paralyse interstate commerce.http://www.teamster.orgThe official website of the Teamsters' Union.
Subjects: World History — Contemporary History (Post 1945).