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Newly Elected National Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa Delights the Crowd at Willow Run Airport, October 1957

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 9:58am

Newly Elected National Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa Delights the Crowd at Willow Run Airport, October 1957 image
Month
October
Year
1957
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Loyal Teamsters Welcome 'Jimmy' Home: Detroit Teamster Union leader Jimmy Hoffa was welcomed at Willow Run Airport yesterday afternoon by a wildly cheering crowed (top) [this photo] as he returned from Florida after being elected president of the national union. Airport officials shifted the welcoming ceremonies to the east side of the airfield when unionists predicted a crowd of up to 20,000 teamsters. Less than 1,000 turned out, however, together with about 175 cars and two dozen huge trucks. One airport official termed it the "best organized" reception ever held at Willow Run. Hoffa was presented with an Indian headdress, given to "our chief," and a commemorative plaque which he olds during a brief address in which he scored the "forces attacking me and the union."
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