NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 28, 1978
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(Studio) Procedure adding to food costs featured.
REPORTER: John Hart
(San Francisco, California) Landover, MD, film shown. Unloading of food from trucks said a costly step in mkting. Lumpers, those who unload trucks, said unskilled vagabonds. [Lumper James CALLAHAN - discusses his chgs.] Prevalence of lumpers noted. Threats thought part of procedure. [California Trucking Association Joe KASPAR - notes toughness of lumpers.] San Francisco, California, lumpers filmed; concealed camera used. Violence said by police part of lumpers' tactics. Lumpers move-in on job reported [Truck driver John SHEALEY - says one doesn't refuse lumpers.] Beating of driver refusing to use lumpers reported [Representative Neal SMITH - says lumpers have organized crime link; notes how this adds to inflation.] Figs. of payments to lumpers given. FBI investigation said fruitless so far. Lumpers compared to pirates' collecting of tributes.
REPORTER: Brian Ross
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