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Corruption and Reform in the Teamsters Union
     

Corruption and Reform in the Teamsters Union

by David Witwer
 

ISBN-10: 0252075137

ISBN-13: 9780252075131

Pub. Date: 01/10/2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

This book is the first in-depth historical study of the forces that have contributed to the Teamsters’ troubled past as well as the various mechanisms the union has employed--from top-down directives to grass-roots measures--to combat the spread of corruption to which it has been especially vulnerable. David Witwer charts the process by which organized crime

Overview

This book is the first in-depth historical study of the forces that have contributed to the Teamsters’ troubled past as well as the various mechanisms the union has employed--from top-down directives to grass-roots measures--to combat the spread of corruption to which it has been especially vulnerable. David Witwer charts the process by which organized crime came to play a significant role in the union. He chronicles the links forged between the Mafia and union head Jimmy Hoffa as well as the highly revealing McClellan Committee investigation that first brought those links to light. Considering the subject from a range of perspectives that include the rank and file, the Teamster leadership, and the criminal element, Witwer examines the persistent efforts of labor opponents to capitalize on the union’s unsavory reputation, thereby influencing popular and legislative opinion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252075131
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
01/10/2008
Series:
Working Class in American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,043,214
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
The Opening Decade
Building a Teamsters Union     7
One Version of Corruption: Teamsters as Tyrants of the Street     20
Corruption Viewed through Union Members' Eyes and Reform via Secession     38
The 1930s
Tobin's Union in a Period of Transition, 1910-40     61
"The Most Racketeer-Ridden Union in the United States": The Problem of Corruption in the Teamsters Union during the 1930s     78
The Possibilities and Limitations of Union Reform during the 1930s     105
The Age of Hoffa: The 1950s and 1960s
"It's a Business with Me": The Teamsters Union in the 1950s under Dave Beck and Jimmy Hoffa     131
The Revelations of the McClellan Committee: Corruption in the Teamsters during the 1950s     157
Raising the Specter of Hoffa: How the McClellan Committee Shaped Perceptions of Union Corruption     183
Reform in the Age of Hoffa     212
Conclusion     235
Notes     241
Index     293

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