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Special (Teamster Power)/ Part III #487625

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 24, 1976
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(Studio) Part 3 on "Teamster Power" follows. Report on how Teamster Union helps criminals.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(New York) Police photograph shows New York Mafia member and president Teamsters local #966 in New York, Danny Capello. Police film shows mtgs. of trucking company execs., convicted truck hijackers, organized crime figures and Teamster representatives
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Chicago, Illinois) United States largest convention center, McCormick Place, shown. Teamsters gave jobs to 5 notorious mobsters. 1 used his job at McCormick Place as cover to negotiate major heroin deal. Others ran loan-sharking and gamblimg operations. David Kaye gave 5 their jobs. He still runs things for Teamsters at convention center, though awaiting trial on 74 counts of extortion and racketeering. [US Strike Force Peter VIARA - explains Teamster links with organized crime.]
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(New York) New York Waterfront Com. film shows drivers stealing from trucks they drove and selling to undercover agents. Teamsters, not companies, decide who'll move goods. Some drivers forced to steal due to mob debts. [Org. crime expert Ralph SALERNO - says companies must accept men that Teamsters send to drive trucks. FBI and police say 50% of E. seaboard truck hijackings are giveaways.] Investigators say Kennedy Airport controlled by organized crime and thefts Of cargo made easier by insiders. Teamster local #295 approves all air freight handling at Kennedy. Harry Davidoff controls 295; his criminal record and organized crime ties noted.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Miami, Florida) Air freight companies at Miami International Airport fear Teamster Problems if they crack down on thefts. Shippers prefer losses and pass increases in cost to consumers. $3-6 billion worth of goods stolen in 1975 from United States transportation systems.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(New York) Consumers pay "mob" tax collected by those protected by Teamsters.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Studio) NBC found that some Teamster jobs used to further criminal activity.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Ross, Brian
Duration:
00:06:30

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