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Hollywood Explains Corruption of Trucking Union

The film F.I.S.T. made in the 1970s is based (very) loosely on the Teamsters. The Teamsters were tarred with mob affiliations starting with Congressional investigations in the 1950s going through federal supervision of the union in the 1990s. The film presents an historical explanation; employers used violence against the union in the 1930s so the union responded in kind. There are other explanations, not found in the film, that relate, for example, to strategic leverage that control of trucks flowing in and out of businesses provides. That is, control of trucking was an attractive mob target, apart from any injustices in the 1930s. These scenes, however, show the Hollywood view.
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