The Nation

AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland said that he thinks organized crime is not "a problem of any significance in the Teamsters . . . at this time." The statement, made in response to a reporter's question at the AFL-CIO's executive council meeting in Bal Harbour, Fla., goes further than Kirkland's previous philosophical opposition to the government's use of racketeering laws to attempt to take over the Teamsters. A trial is scheduled to begin March 13 in New York on the Justice Department's charge that the union is dominated by organized crime.

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