NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 19, 1980
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REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Yuma, Arizona) Federal requirements with regard to wages paid workers on certain projects and contractors' cheating of workers out of minimum required wage examined; measures taken by Department of Labor when they catch contractors mentioned. [Henry MURRIETTA - says he lost his job because he didn't kickback back wages employer was forced to pay.] Murrietta's experience with Threl-Keld Painting detailed; similar experiences of Alvarado Felix and Victor Caballero with Marvin Threl-Keld noted. [CABALLERO - comments.] Recorded exchange between Caballero and Threl-Keld with regard to what to tell investigators transcribed on screen, heard, seen. [CABALLERO, THREL-KELD - discuss situation.] [THREL-KELD - tells reporter to shut off camera.] Labor Department said investigating large number of such companies Employees of William Nickoloff, owner of ABN Corp., said claiming they were cheated and then terrorized. [MAN - discusses situation; his remarks transcribed on screen, voice disguised.] Nickoloff's response noted. [NICKOLOFF - comments.] Nickoloff's ABN Corporation said falsifying records; details given; details outlined on screen. FBI reported investigating ABN and looking into alleged payoffs of government inspectors at Wms. Air Force Base in Arizona. [Ernest FERGUSON - comments on situation at base.] Loopholes in government contracts noted contributing to problem; case of Waldo Slusher outlined as example Slusher's Cal-Walt's Elec. Company noted still doing government jobs due to change in semantics; details given. [Assistant Labor Secretary Don ELLISBERG - comments.] Justice Department's response mentioned.
REPORTER: Mark Nykanen
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