CANADA: Joey v. Jimmy

In Newfoundland, where Premier Joey Smallwood is renowned as one of labor's best friends, one of labor's worst friends got a toe hold almost surreptitiously. Jimmy Hoffa and his racket-ridden International Brotherhood of Teamsters quietly set up two locals with 1,200 members. Alarmed, Smallwood last week bounced into the provincial legislature to denounce Hoffa & Co. as "pimps, panderers, white slavers, murderers, embezzlers, extortionists and dope peddlers." The legislators speedily responded with a sledgehammer law: the provincial government can now dissolve any local upon evidence that a "substantial number" of its union...

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