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Teamsters / Government Suit #109639

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 10, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Barry Serafin) Justice Department effort to oust Teamsters president Jackie Presser and gain government control of union due to organized crime's hold on Teamsters examined; government move said pending end of Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno's trial. Salerno said believed controlling elecs. of Teamsters pres. Presser and Roy Williams. [December 1985, WILLIAMS - discusses mob control of union.] Dave Beck, James Hoffa recalled; scenes shown. Findings of President Commission on Org. Crime quoted on screen. [Former commission director James HARMON - cites importance of Teamsters to Mafia's national influence.] Govt. noted controlling New Jersey Teamsters local once headed by convicted mobster Anthony Provenzano. [HARMON - thinks move will dispel doubts about Justice Department's seriousness in fighting organized crime.] Criticism of Reagan administration's closeness with Teamsters in past reviewed; union's response outlined.

Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry

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