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Son of Jimmy again heads Teamsters for 5 more years as general president

JAMES Hoffa, 75, son of convicted mobster Jimmy Hoffa, has been again elected leader of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, for another five-year term. 

Son of Jimmy again heads Teamsters for 5 more years as general president

JAMES Hoffa, 75, son of convicted mobster Jimmy Hoffa, has been again elected leader of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, for another five-year term. 

Son of Jimmy again heads Teamsters for 5 more years as general president
27 November 2016 - 19:55

Son of Jimmy again heads Teamsters for 5 more years as general president
JAMES Hoffa, 75, son of convicted mobster Jimmy Hoffa, has been again elected leader of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, for another five-year term. 
Mr Hoffa, also an attorney, was first elected during December 1998 and took office in 1999. He was re-elected in 2001, 2006 and 2011.
This time round, he defeated rival Teamsters United leader Fred Zuckerman by 6,600 votes after a recount of challenged ballots, reported IHS Media.
Employers that have dealt with Hoffa in contract negotiations, especially during and since the recession, are likely relieved. 
"The winning margin for all offices now exceeds the number of challenged ballots remaining," the independent Office of the Election Supervisor said on its website. 
More than 12,000 ballots were challenged after the official vote count ended with less than 4,000 remaining.
The still uncertified tally has Mr Hoffa winning by 6,162 votes, capturing 51.5 per cent of the total 198,778 ballots counted for general president. That's slightly more than the number of votes reported for Mr Hoffa before the challenged ballots were counted.
The question now shifts to who eventually will succeed him when he retires. His new five-year term expires in 2021.
Mr Hoffa, who has led the union for 18 years, and is the son of Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared mysteriously in 1975 and would have been 103 if he were alive today. 
Hoffa the elder became involved with organised crime from the early years of his Teamsters work, and this connection continued until his disappearance in 1975. 
He was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery and fraud in 1964, in two separate trials. He was imprisoned in 1967 and sentenced to 13 years, after exhausting the appeal process.

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