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Special (Teamster Power) / Part V #487643

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 26, 1976
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(Studio) Senate subcommittee on investigations votes to begin preliminary investigation with regard to Teamsters Union and organized crime, subject of NBC Nightly News specials. Senator John McClellan's labor rackets committee investigation of 1950's recalled. Sam Nunn acting chairperson of subcommittee [NUNN - notes size of investigation; manpower required.] Nunn notes effect of NBC Nightly News items in prompting investigation. Mtg. of Frank Fitzsimmons and mbrs. org. crime, reported last night. Tonight's item introduced.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Miami, Florida) [Travis DUMAS - recalls bribe attempt.] Dumas a Teamster pres. in Miami recalls attempt by trucking company to buy him off during contract negotiations. Dumas reported to police. Payoff at Miami hotel recorded by police and turned over to United States Department of Labor. Govt. took no action for 15 numbers, then NBC News questioned matter. This week official of an air freight company indicted in Miami by federal grand jury. Dumas, filmed playing football with a child, will testify at trial.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Chicago, Illinois) Another instance of government reluctance to act re: investigation of Teamster actions cited in Chicago. Gasoline station owner Rex Jones ready to testify with regard to Teamster threat of violence if contract not signed. [JONES - recalls threats.] Jones and others reported to fed. prosecutors; no action taken. Dealers take case to National Labor Relations Bd. (NLRB). Bd. accused Teamsters of racketeering. Report quoted on screen. Justice Department took no action on case. [Org. crime expert, Ralph SALERNO - says government regards Teamsters as sacred cow.] Wealth, political clout of union noted.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Lodi, Ohio) At Lodi, Ohio, truck stop Teamster members say they know of corruption, but vote for leaders anyhow. [TRUCKER - says members just stuck with it.] [2nd TRUCKER - has no personal complaints.] [3rd TRUCKER - wishes corruption out of union.] [4th TRUCKER - says Teamsters best union.]
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(DC) Washington, DC rally accuses Teamster local of selling members out. Rally filmed; said small. Arthur Fox hds. Teamster reform group. [FOX - notes fear in Teamster union. Recalls Jimmy Hoffa disappearance. Union causes members to lose jobs.]
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Palm Springs, California) Life good for top Teamsters. Frank Fitzsimmoms filmed on golf course. High salaries noted. Fitzsimmons denies criminality in union. Law enforcement officers say otherwise. Film of McClellan hearings shown. [James HOFFA - testifies.] Ldrs. who refused to answer questions with regard to organized labor connections 20 years ago still head union. Growth of Teamster power, respectability noted. Business said in cahoots with Teamsters, passing cost to consumers. Teamsters push mbrs., law enforcement people around. No one pushes back.

(Studio) Specials on Teamsters end "Special" feature to continue on NBC Nightly News.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Ross, Brian

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