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Barry Eidlin is an associate professor of Sociology at McGill University and a former head steward in UAW Local 2865 at UC Berkeley.

We Shouldn’t Be Nostalgic for Jimmy Hoffa

At a time of historic working-class weakness, it’s tempting to watch the portrayal of Jimmy Hoffa in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and long for similar labor leadership today. But while Hoffa negotiated contracts that improved the lives of millions, his corruption and autocratic leadership also paved the way for the Teamsters’ decline.