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Teamsters Union / Organized Crime #116455

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 28, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(NYC: John McKenzie) Government report on Mafia's gaining of control of Teamsters union detailed. [US attorney Rudolph GIULIANI - discusses racketeering, murdering and other crimes.] Chgs. by government that Mafia figs. engaged in conspiracy to control union, include president Jackie Presser, reported [GIULIANI - explains government attempt to take Teamsters union back from mob.] [Acting union president Weldon MATHIS - criticizes government attack.] Position of AFL-CIO on issue noted. [Senator Orrin HATCH - says it's wrong precedent.] [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - discusses issue.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Long-running battle between government and union bosses noted; McClellan committee hearings on Jimmy Hoffa in 1950s recalled.

(NYC: James Walker) Govt. investigation of Teamsters in 1957 reviewed; historical scenes shown. [Senator cnsl. Robert F. KENNEDY, Teamsters president HOFFA - comment during hearings.] [Commission on organized crime spokesperson James HARMON - says organized crime can exert ntnwide. influence on transportation industry] Taking over of Teamsters local union number 560 by government because of its control by Genovese crime family figure Anthony Provenzano and his brothers recalled. ["The Teamsters" author Steven BRILL - discusses local number 560.] Union corruption reviewed; cases against Dave Beck, Hoffa, Frank Fitzsimmons, Roy Williams and Presser detailed. [In 1985, ex-Teamsters president WILLIAMS - discusses union link with organized crime.]

Jennings, Peter;
McKenzie, John;
Walker, James

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