31 Most Interesting Jimmy Hoffa Quotes

“Unfair trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement eviscerated good-paying manufacturing jobs, putting more than 3 million U.S. workers out of work.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“I’ve said consistently that no employer ever really accepts a union. They tolerate the unions. The very minute they can get a pool of unemployment they’ll challenge the unions and try to get back what they call managements prerogatives, meaning hire, fire, pay what you want.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“But to hear Kennedy when he was grandstanding in front of the McClellan Committee you might have thought I was making as much out of the pension fund as the Kennedys made out of selling whiskey.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“I can tell you this on a stack of Bibles: prisons are archaic, brutal, unregenerative, overcrowded hell holes where the inmates are treated like animals with absolutely not one humane thought given to what they are going to do once they are released. You’re an animal in a cage and you’re treated like one.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“We’ve got to keep an eye on the battle that we face – a war on workers. And you see it everywhere. It is the Tea Party. And there’s only one way to beat and win that war – the one thing about working people is, we like a good fight.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“Today we are united, strong and on the move. Today we have a strong strike fund. Today we have the resources to run large-scale organizing campaigns against global employers. Today we have $100 million in the bank.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“We must have more union members in this country to fight the political and business forces that are undermining workers in this country. The AFL-CIO has chosen the opposite approach by planning to throw even more money at politicians.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“In the ten years I was president of the Teamsters, I had raised the membership from eight hundred thousand to more than 2 million and made it the largest single labor union the world.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“There are simply no public figures today who so challenge the elite business and government establishment and so champion the working class as Jimmy Hoffa did almost daily and with arrogance.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“He’s not just the most powerful man in labor,” Robert Kennedy had said in the wake of Hoffa’s announcement; “he’s the most powerful man in the country, next to the President.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“When you run an organization like the Teamsters one man has to be the boss and run things.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“Power leads to more power, no matter what your racket, and not only were they rich and influential but they were smart as hell, too.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“More apparent to Teamster members than any moral lapses were the tangible gains that had been steadily realized under Hoffa since his advent to power.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“You almost had to live through it to really know the gut ripping misery of the depression during the early thirties which led to labor’s bloodiest and most violent days.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“But because we are financially solid, because we do have an organization that is equipped to handle any situation that comes in front of us, we are successful in getting from the employers what are members want and need without strikes.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“Our rooms were bugged, our phones were tapped, and our lawyer’s rooms were broken into and their files stolen. We finally had to hire armed guards with pistols to be able to maintain our records. It was hard to believe we weren’t in Russia.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“Congress has turned its back on America’s working families. There are Teamster families in every congressional district in America, and those families vote. Those who would oppose these families have done so at their own political peril.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“Corporate tax dodging impacts us across generations and over time. It is corrosive. It is unethical. It is unsustainable.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“If we’re all together, we have money, and we start to organize, you’re going to see the Teamsters Union start to bloom.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“I do to others what they do to me, only worse.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“They’d rather some people die for your mistake than that they lived but that they lacked a leader.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“In every conflict there are casualties. The question is, what has been lost and what has been gained?”

Jimmy Hoffa

“Never let a stranger in your cab, in your house or in your heart — unless he is a friend of labor.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“We didn’t start this war – the right wing did. We’re tired of seeing good-paying jobs shipped overseas. This fight is about the economy, it’s about jobs and it’s about rebuilding America.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“Wage theft, worker rights and workplace discrimination should not be swept under the rug. The United States cannot have a functional economy where all the gains go to the corporate class while all the pain goes to regular workers.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“And some of those people that voted Republican are now going to say, what a mistake I made because I didn’t know they were going to take my job away. I didn’t know they were going to take collective bargaining away.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“That’s what unions do. They can get money, they can get support, they can get manpower.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“What’s going on in this country? Unions stand against those trends. We’ve got to somehow insulate the robust American economy from this global economy that seems to want to devour our standard of living.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“To the best of my recollection, I must recall on my memory, I cannot remember.”

Jimmy Hoffa

 

“We vote – if the public votes 50 percent, we vote 70 percent. So we have a bigger impact with our numbers, and the organization and the manpower we can bring to a race.”

Jimmy Hoffa

“It’s a success story here in Michigan. We have hiring going on. We have new industries going on.”

Jimmy Hoffa

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