INVESTIGATIONS: The Teamsters Take Over

Nail by nail, board by board, the special Senate committee headed by Arkansas Democrat John McClellan continued hammering together its case against U.S. labor racketeering. As in the first week of its Washington hearings (TIME, March 11), the McClellan committee centered its attention on the activities of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Portland, Ore., and again the star witness was Portland Racketeer James B. Elkins. Last week Elkins—and some corroborating witnesses—told how Teamsters' representatives, stymied in their original efforts to open the city to vice, simply took over the municipal government.

Elkins had testified that he had entered into a...

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