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Special (Teamster Power) / Part I #487591

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 22, 1976
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(Studio) NBC to begin presenting "Special" news reports each night. Investigative report to focus on power of Teamsters Union.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) United States biggest union formed in 1899 around men who drove teams of horses. In late `30s, Teamsters began to organized long-haul truck drivers. Troops called in to help companies who resisted unionization. Employers hired hoodlums and goons to break up Teamster strikes. Teamsters acquired their own hoodlums and goons; beginning of close relations between Teamsters and mobsters.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(DC) In 1957, Senator John McClellan's Senator Labor Rackets Committee uncovered list of criminals from among Teamsters. AFL-CIO expelled Teamsters for corrupt influences in leadership positions. Teamsters went their own way and prospered. Union has stranglehold on United States transportation system. Union orgs. workers outside transportation industry
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Michigan) 300 police in Michigan are Teamsters. These police were some of the ones who investigated disappearance of James Hoffa. [Genesee City, Michigan, sheriff John O'BRIEN - says can no longer guarantee confidentiality of files or secrecy with regard to investigations.] [Teamster organized Joseph VALENTI - says all large orgs. have problems. Teamsters want to organized the unorg., not necessarily police.] Teamsters representative police in Hawaii, Minnesota, VT, WI, California, North Dakota and AK.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(No location given) [Chicago United States attorney Sam. SKINNER - says some Teamster leaders identified with organized crime mbrs.] [President Frank FITZSIMMONS - says neither he nor union is in hands of organized crime.] President Ohio Teamsters , William Presser, and international union Vice President, is business associate of organized crime figures and has Been convicted of Taft-Hartley Act and antitrust violations, obstruction of justice and contempt of Congress President of Chicago Teamsters #777, Joey Glimco's police record goes back to 1923. Glimco reported associated with Chicago crime boss, Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo. New Jersey Teamster rep., Anthony Provenzano, is close associate of Fitzsimmons and major organized crime figures. Sent to Prison for extortion. Questioned in disappearance of James Hoffa and is now awaiting trial in kickback case. Most Teamsters are decent and hard-working Americans Reporter reviews reports to follow.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Studio) "Special" reports to deal with variety of topics.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Ross, Brian
Duration:
00:07:00

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