Jimmy Hoffa has gone down in American history as one of the great unsolved disappearances of the past fifty years. Late night TV show jokes, books by professional researchers and a great deal of urban legends have since emerged around the disappearance of the man. A number of figures in organized crime have since come forward to confess their involvement in Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance, though many of their claims are contradictory to each other, and many bear the markings of a tall tale intended to raise the teller’s apparent stature in the shady world of organized crime.
However, there was far more to Jimmy Hoffa than his disappearance and work with organized crime syndicates. The good things he did for unions have reverberated through the decades, even with the weakening of unions in the United States over the past thirty five years. While his infamous disappearance happened in 1975 and he spent most of the 1960s embroiled in a number of controversies, his work in the 1950s and 1960s proved pivotal to a number of labor disputes over the past few decades.
Of particular note among Hoffa’s achievements is the National Master Freight Agreement. After being re-elected president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1961, Hoffa began a dedicated push to expand the union until he had brought nearly all overland truck drivers in North America into a single union that would work towards bettering conditions for all truckers on the continent. He made similar efforts to expand this union towards airline workers and other people involved in the transport industry, though these efforts were not as successful.
Additionally, during Hoffa’s tenure in the upper echelons of IBT leadership, the union saw a sizable growth in membership, reaching a record high of over 170,000 members backing the union. This allowed the union to become a genuine force in Washington DC and its lobbying world. Even though, according to an expert at www.speedybailbondsNJ.com, he was ultimately arrested for a slew of crimes and sentenced to 13 years in prison, but negotiated a pardon from Richard Nixon.