That Punk Jimmy Hoffa:
Coffey’s Transfer at War with the Teamsters

“…sizzles with mob energy.” 

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Award-winning Great Plains writer Marilyn June Coffey recounts her family’s intricate dance with the teamsters, beginning with her dad’s tiny trucking company spawned on a front porch in 1919. This Hoffa/Coffey war became a David and Goliath encounter that spanned decades.

In 1956, Tom Coffey knuckled under Jimmy Hoffa’s six-month-long Teamsters’ strike. He sold his twenty-seven-year-old truckline, Coffey’s Transfer Company, rather than sign Hoffa’s contract.

But the story didn’t end there—and Hoffa didn’t win after all. In 1958, the Coffey family gathered in Washington, DC, to see Tom testify against Jimmy Hoffa before the-Senator John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, the Rackets Committee’s counsel who had sworn to put Hoffa behind bars.


Marilyn June
Coffey