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VSS1 - CAPITAL WHIMSY , ( —... — McClellan Report...
CAPITAL WHIMSY , ( —... — McClellan Report Shows Plenty Of Improper Activities By Frederick C. Othnian WASHINGTON — I've been poring over a lurid, paperback (green paper) book with the unlikely unlikely title of Interim Report o£ the Select Committee on Improper Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Management Field. Improper is hardly a strong enough word. This 200,000-word volume was written with considerable considerable literary style by Senator ' John L. McClellan (D., Ark.) about the Dave Becks, the Jimmy Hoffas and the other chieftains of five labor unions under investigation investigation now for more than a year. Its subject, matter ranges from free Cadillacs and yachts for certain certain moguls to downright-skulduggeries, downright-skulduggeries, and from comedy (such as the taste for caviar of two Chicago Chicago worthies) to a little drama providing that it doesn't pay for even a bigwig in labor banks to monkey with the FBI. You can't fool those G-men. This particular tale (and its just a sample of what the senators senators turned up) concerns San Francisco local 3 of the Operating Operating Engineers union, which maintained maintained a yacht for. the use of its officers and an' airplane which President Patrick Clancy once flew smack into San Francisco bay. Clancy and the other officers officers all claimed they didn't have much to do with running the union because they said Victor S. Swanson was the boss. ; The senators detailed Swanson's Swanson's numerous real estate deals and told how he and a friend sold to his union a piece of property property for $35,000 that they'd originally originally bought from the same local for $15,150. Swanson's regime ot, Local 3 apparently irritated some of the members, who called themselves the Construction Stiffs. They wanted a new deal and said so as loudly as possible iii a publication they called "The Construction Stiffs News." The management never could discover the identity of the Con- slruction Stiffs' leaders. It even hired an ex-convict, Joseph Riley, to ferret out the Stiffs. "The fight against the Construction Construction Stiffs had a serious consequence consequence for Victor Swanson," the senators continued. "After - all other efforts had failed to find out who belonged to this dissident dissident group, Swanson decided to enlist the aid of the Federal Bujeau Bujeau of Investigation to find them. "He did this by intercepting a letter written by the Construction Construction Stiffs to Riley and inserting a death threat in the correspondence. correspondence. The death threat was thea turned over to the FBI on the theory that the federal agency would investigate such a threat being sent through the mail and discover who the senders were. "This plan backfired,when th» FBI discovered that the death threat had been forged. Swanson Swanson was indicted in San Francisco for giving false statements to the FBI, pleaded nolo contendere in a federal court, and was placed on two years' probation and forced to pay the government $7,500 to reimburse the FBI for the cost of its investigation."The investigation."The union ended- up holding part of the bag in this- deal witk the expenditure of $10,000 out of its defense fund for Mr. Swanson's Swanson's legaT fees." ' The senators had more, much more, to say about the operations of Swanson, Clancy and friends. The lawgivers - sent their testimony testimony to the justice department for investigation,. because they said it indicated flagrant perjury. The committee concluded • then by saying it believed Swanson aiid N four other Local 3 mogul* were unfit to hold any - union office. • ' •

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  1. Redlands Daily Facts,
  2. 28 Mar 1958, Fri,
  3. Page 12

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