Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on May 21, 1973 · Page 9
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May 21, 1973

Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 9

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Galesburg Register-Mai 1, Galesburg, Teamsters-Mob Link Revives Old Ghost Monday,, May V, 1 97$. 9„ By LESLIE WALLER NEW YORK (NBA) - Recent MpofU that the FBI has established link* between or- g«nlted crime and * trade union through a court wiretapping order again raise one of the more troubling ghosts haunting the nation's labor movement. Most unions are honest ones, law enforcement officers agree, but for some years now they have suspected a deeply buried connection between the mob and some labor leaders. SPECIAL ATTENTION has been paid to unions in such industries as construction, dock Editor's Note: fie writer Is a tang'time observer of or­ ganised crime aad ft flM •other of several hooks an the subject lacftdlng Ms latest, "The Swiss Bank CoHteetftt." been studded with unusual opportunities to glimpse some Inner workings of the mob. These include: • The discovery that an official of the Chicago (Local ftl) had a union lucrative Unusual Offer durm a May only Evtn if your trip It months away buy from tit In May and tava up to $481 Firat National City Travelers Checks Up to $5000 worth for a fti of Just $2 AND LOAN ASSOCIATION mum um mm MONK MS414S work, warefwuslng and frock- racket to siphon Off dues paid ing. The current publicity is by cab drivers and kick them focused on leaders of the In- back to the cab companies; ternational Brotherhood of • The report that a New Teamsters, - Orleans mafiosi had offered a The two million - member $1 million bribe to the witness Teamster Union has had pro- who helped send Moffa to jail blema with its leadership for if the testimony were re- some time now, Over the past decades two national leaders, DaVe Beck and James Moffa, have gone to jail on various charges including fraud and jury-tampering. < , In addition, a behind-the- scenes power struggle at the highest levels of the Teamsters is reportedly in progress, applying internal pressure to the situation, as Hoffa, paroled by President Nixon with two-thirds of his sentence still unserved, is supposed to be seeking his old post as president, now held by Frank E. Fitzsimmons. FOR OBSERVERS of organized crime, the rise to power of the Teamsters has canted; •The indictment on 18 counts of embezzlement of a Newark leader (Local 863) who had been a long-time associate of a leading Syndicate mobster; • The report by a New Hampshire newspaper that the Teamsters pension and welfare funds had contributed secretly to help finance the Watergate burglaries and espionage; • The conviction of four top officers of the St. Louis union (Local 600) on 13 counts cf embezzlement; • The charge by George Meany, head of the AFL-CIO, that the Teamsters had been Jimmy Hoffa hired to break up Cesar Chavez' United Farm Workers, a move Meany called "vicious" and "disgraceful"; • The regular lending of millions of dollars from the Teamsters fluids to members of organized crime involved in such ventures as Las Vegas casinos and airport motels; • The charge by a former Justice Department investigator that Murray M. Chotiner, known attorney for Syn- Recently, Standard Oil started allocating gasoline and other petroleum products. By allocating, we mean assigning limits to the amount of products we will supply to each of our dealers, jobbers and agents based on their past usage. This decision to allocate came reluctantly after hard, careful study. It seems to us to be the best alternative to assure orderly and fair distribution of our available supply. We think the American public has the right to know the facts behind this decision. Primarily, the situation is this: demand has outstripped our country's crude oil supply. (Even though Standard Oil refineries are running well ahead of last year. And at practical maximum with available crude.) This situation was caused by an unusually heavy demand for gasoline early this year, preventing the oil industry from building the inventorie^that will be needed in the summer months. (The nationwide demand for gasoline this summer is expected to increase by 7% over last year. With demand for Standard products* jikely to be What's more, domestic crude supplies are short. And growing shorter. And foreign cmde availability isn't up to the level this country needs right now. And so we reasoned that if we started right now to distribute our supply fairly and equitably, we could maintain a steady balanced supply. And avoid any long term widespread runout situations. While we are coping with the shortage, we want to assure you we are doing all we can to get gasoline to you. We're exploring for oil the world over. Increasing our pipeline and refining capabilities. Developing new processes that will increase our yield. And importing more foreign crude than ever before-as expensive as it is. With our allocation procedure and our continuing drive to produce more product we think the first steps toward easing the current situation have been taken. But we can't do it all alone. We need everyone's help. Industry's. Government's. Yours. Yours, by conserving gasoline. In fact, if every American used one less gallon every week, there'd be no shortage. So, keep your car tuned and serviced. (It can increase your gasoline mileage up to 10%.) Combine trips. Form car pools. And, above all, slow down. If you drive at 50 miles per hour instead of 60, you can save about one gallon in ten. Does Standard Oil really have to allocate gasoline? Yes, and all of us may have to get by with a little less for a while, so there'll be enough to go around. IMOT STANDARD 1 @ Standard Oil Division of Amoco Oil Company George Meany dicate figures and former Nixon confidant, had helped secure Hoffa's early release from prison; The latest chapter in the story of mob-dominated unions involves an alleged plan by members of the Los Angeles and Chicago families of organized crime to tap Teamsters funds through a medical scheme. Newspapers report the Federal District Court in Los Angeles authorized an FBI telephone tap in January of a local consulting firm that channels Teamster money into the underworld. The order was renewed in February. In March, newspapers say, a report of this went from FBI Acting Director L. Patrick Gray to Attorney General Richard Kleindienst and Assistant Attorney General Henry E. Petersen. AT ABOUT THE same time, the FBI requested an O.K. to place additional telephone taps because its investigation to date had indicated "a pattern of racketeering activities (with) . . . officers and agents of the employee welfare bene- ti\ plan." The request was denied and the surveillance was squashed, although Klein- See ; Labor'(Continued on Page The reward of excellence from our BULOVA GRADUATION I COLLECTION With a Bulova you give mora than a .watch - you give a fins name, excellent workmanship and the distinction of elegant good taste. 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