Brotherhood of Teamsters was committed to one simple idea. That idea was that if someone, anyone, worked in the trade, they belonged in the union, regardless of race, color, creed, or gender on an equal basis with every other member. And that position, that commitment, is unique in American labor history.
The contract, which was described as an impossible task by critics and friends of labor alike, was a milestone for labor unions everywhere. James R. Hoffa, architect, chief negotiator, and overall firestorm of energy behind the agreement, considered this the crowning achievement of his tenure with the Teamsters.