LABOR: Hot Cargoes Cooled

Among the blackjacks of power that Jimmy Hoffa's 1,400,000-member Teamster Brotherhood uses to dominate the U.S. trucking industry are collective-bargaining clauses barring trucking companies from transporting "hot cargoes." A hot cargo can be anything at all, even frozen food; what makes it hot is that, somewhere in the course of its travels, it has been handled by a company that is nonunion or is having union trouble. By forcing trucking firms to contract not to handle hot cargoes, the Teamsters make it more difficult for other truckers to hold out against Teamster pressure.

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