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The Chairman. Isthatallof your answer?

Mr. Triscaro. Yes, sir.

The Chairman. Have you got any business or occupation ?

Mr. Triscaro. I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly
believe my answer may tend to incriminate me.



19098 IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN THE LABOR FIELD

The Chairman. Do you have counsel representing you ?

Mr. Triscaro. I do.

The Chairman. Let the record show that Mr. Allder appears as
counsel for the witness.

Proceed, Mr. Kennedy.

Mr. Kennedy. Mr. Triscaro, can you give us any information in
connection with these arms shipments to the Dominican Republic ?

(The witness conferred with his counsel.)

Mr. Triscaro. I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly
believe my answer may tend to incriminate me.

The Chairman. Let me ask you: Are you a member of a labor
union?

Mr. Triscaro. I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly
believe my answer may tend to incriminate me.

The Chairman. Are you an officer of this local 436 ?

Mr. Kennedy. President of the Excavating

The Chairman. I wanted the name to refresh my memory. We
have a photostatic copy of a check from this morning which was iden-
tified. The check is dated May 21, 1959, in the amount of $139.75,
made payable to the Eden Roc Hotel. Apparently it bears your
signature as president of Local No. 436, Excavating, Building Mate-
rials, Construction Drivers & Racetrack Employees.

I present to you this check, which is a part of exhibit No. 27, and
ask you to examine it and state if you identify it as a photostatic
copy of the original check, and if that is your signature.

(The document was handed to the witness.)

(The witness conferred with his counsel.)

The Chairman. Have you examined the exhibit the Chair pre-
sented to you ?

Mr. Triscaro. Yes; I have.

The Chairman. Do you see anything about it that is familiar?
Can you identify it for us ?

Mr. Triscaro. I respectfully decline to answer the question because
I honestly believe my answer may tend to incriminate me.

The Chairman. Well, according to that document, you are president
and you signed the check as president of that local.

Do you want to state whether you are ashamed to acknowledge that
you are an officer in that local ?

Mr. Triscaro. I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly
believe my answer may tend to incriminate me.

The Chairman. Well, it is becoming a pretty common thing among
some unions for their officers to take a position that they can't
acknowledge they have anything to do with the union without pos-
sible self-incrimination.

Surely you don't want to give the impression that it is a criminal
organization, do you ?

Mr. Triscaro. I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly
believe my answer may tend to incriminate me.

The Chairman. Proceed.

Are you willing to deny that you are the president of that local ?

Mr. Triscaro. I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly
believe my answer may tend to incriminate me.



IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN THE LABOR FIELD 19099

The Chairman. Without your denying it, on the basis of other
proof before the committee, you will be treated for the purposes of
this hearing as president of that local.

Proceed.

Mr. Kennedy. Mr. Chairman, according to our information, he is
president of the Excavating, Building Material and Construction
Drivers and Kacetrack Employees, Local Union 436 of the Teamsters,
and also vice president of the Ohio Conference of Teamsters.

Isn't that correct, Mr. Triscaro ?

Mr. Triscaro. I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly
believe my answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. We had had him appear before the committee at a
prior hearing and developed the fact that he declared in his income
tax rturns in 1957 over $100,000, most of it coming from trucking
companies, and a number of those trucking companies being operated
nonunion.

Could you tell us about that, Mr. Triscaro ?

Mr. Triscaro. I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly
believe my answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. KJENNEDY. Another one of the trucking companies is operated
by his family, and by Mr. Triscaro's brother and his wife, isn't that
correct, and that company has no contract with the Teamsters Union ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. Those companies are Pettibone, Shaker & Valley;
they have no contracts with the Teamsters Union.

In 1957 he had an income of $132,000, and as I say, most of it coming
from trucking companies, and most of those trucking companies being
nonunion. The union is just good for other people, is that right, Mr.
Triscaro ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. According to our information, you went to Cuba on
February 18 and stayed until February 21, and you were back on
March 18 and stayed to March 22, and went back on March 30 and
stayed until April 4 ; is that correct ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. That was all in connection with this airplane, was
it not?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. And you made the arrangements with Mr. Hoffa in
connection with trying to obtain a loan from the Teamsters Union for
this company, did you not ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. And you came here and visited with Mr. Hoffa in
Washington on several occasions in connection with this loan, did
you not ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. Most of the time as a union official this year you
have been vacationing in Florida, have you not, Mr. Triscaro?



19100 IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN THE LABOR FIELD

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. Mr. Constandy, what do the records show as to what
the union has paid to Mr. Triscaro in Florida this year ?

Mr. Constandy. So far as we have been able to determine, this far
into 1959 the hotel charges alone in Miami amount to $3,879.03.

Senator Curtis. Who was that paid by ?

Mr. Constandy. These funds were paid out of the union treasury of
local 436.

Senator Curtis. And whose signature is necessary in order to make
such payments ?

Mr. Constandy. The signature of the president, Mr. Triscaro, and
I believe the secretary.

Mr. Kennedy. I would like to point out, Senator, this once again
is a case in point. We had Mr. Triscaro appear before the committee
last year, and we showed that he had received this money from truck-
ing companies which were operated nonunion. We showed the fact
that $1,500 of union funds were used to buy an awning for Mr. Tris-
caro's liome, and nothing was done about the matter. We showed
that he had a criminal record and nothing was done about the matter.
Mr. Hoffa immediately after the hearing went out and made a speech
on behalf of Mr. Triscaro and Mr. William Presser. Then, in 1959,
Mr. Triscaro has not spent his time with his union, but he spends most
of the time down in Florida, and at the time the Teamsters Union pays
all of the bills.

This isn't a labor organization that you and Mr. Hoffa and the rest
of you are running ; is it, Mr. Triscaro ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe that my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. You have no more interest in a labor organization,
and all you are ding, and Mr. Hoffa and the rest, is to operate the
union for yourself and for your friends and associates, and there is
not interest in the laboring man. Isn't that right, Mr. Triscaro ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. Would you give us the details on those trips down
to Florida?

Mr. Constandy. The first trip was the one about which Mr. Burfis.
testified this morning, and he went on February 11. Mr. Triscaro,
together with Mr. Naiman and Mr. Herbert Burris, traveled to New
York and then on the 12th to Miami, Fla. That isn't the first one,
and let me correct that.

On January 26, 27, and 28 Mr. Triscaro stayed at the Eden Koc
Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla., and then there was the trip with Mr.
Burris and Mr. Naiman which lasted until the 15th. On the 16th
he went from Cleveland to Washington and back to Cleveland again
in connection with the matter we had earlier.

On the 18th he traveled from Cleveland to Havana with Mr.
Naiman, and Mr. Dranow, and Mr. Bartone, where he remained until
the 21st of February. On that date, there is a charge at the Eden
Roc Hotel of $118.19 w^hich is solely for food and drink.

On the 22nd Mr. Triscaro registered at the Eden Roc Hotel where
he remained until March 13, and the bill there amounting to $2,555.48.

Mr. Kennedy. What was the period that he was there ?



IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN THE LABOR FIELD 19101

Mr. CoNSTANDY. From February 22 until March 13 on that occasion.

Mr. Kennedy. And then he came back there ?

Senator Curtis. Mr. Triscaro, were you on union business at the
time that you incurred these expenses that the staff has just now read
into the record ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Senator Curtis. Are you still a member of the union ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Senator Curtis. Do you receive a salary from the Teamsters ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. Kennedy. That bill of $2,655.48 at Eden Koc Hotel is from
February 22 to March 13, and again from March 26 to May 13, that
the union paid ?

Mr. CoNSTANDY. That is right.

Senator Curtis. I will ask you something else. This income re-
ferred to as being in your income tax return, received from trucking
companies, what was that for '(

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Senator Curtis. Did anybody else get any part of it ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Senator Curtis. Have 3^011 paid any sums to any other Teamster
officials ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Senator Curtis. Has your practice in handling Teamster affairs
been the regular practice ?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.



TESTIMONY OF JOHN P. CONSTANDY— Resumed

Mr. Kennedy. Mr. Const andy, dsn't it correct when Mr. Tris-
caro arrived down in Miami the first time, with the Burris', that shortly
after arrival he made a telephone call to Mr. Hoffa?

Mr. CoNSTANDY. He checked in the evening of the 12th, at 6:48
p.m., and at 9 :14 the following morning, on February 13, he
called Mr. Hoffa at Mr. Hoffa's unlisted number at the Teamster
headquarters.

Mr. Kennedy. Could you tell us what you said to him?

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Senator Curtis. Tell us what Jimmy said then. That wouldn't
incriminate you.

Mr. Triscaro. I refuse to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Senator Curtis. Oh, no, I am asking you what Mr. Hoffa said,
and not what you said.



19102 IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN THE LABOR FIELD

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly believe my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Mr. CoNSTANDY. On the occasion of the visit from February 22 to
March 13, on February 24 he called Mr. Naiman in Cleveland, and on
the 26th he called Mr. Koy Williams, another Teamster official in
Kansas City, and a trustee for the pension fund, and on the 27th he
again called Mr. Naiman, and in addition on that date he called Mr.
Gordon Hamilton at the Hamilton Aircraft Corp. in Tucson, Ariz.

On February 28 he placed a call to Las Vegas, Nev., person-to-
person to Mrs. Benjamin Dranow. On March 2 he called Havana,
Cuba, and on March 3 he called to the telephone listed to Mr. S. George
Burris, in New York City, and then on the 10th of March he placed
two calls to Mr. Gene SanSocci, another Teamster Union official, and
I believe another member of the trustees of the pension fund.

On the 11th of March, he again called Mr. Jimmy Hoffa, then at the
Shorelands Hotel, in Chicago.

On the 18th of March, he traveled from Cleveland to Miami, and
again to Havana, this time in the company of Mr. Dranow and Mr.
Naiman and Mr. Bartone, returning on the 22d from Havana.

The Chairman. Is there anything further?

Mr. Kennedy. We have the record that he twice traveled to Miami
to visit with Mr. Bartone ; it that right?

Mr. CoNSTANDY. Yes, and on one occasion visiting Mr. Bartone at
the Eden Roc Hotel.

On May 28 he checked into the room that was then occupied by
Mr. Bartone and spent the night with him at the same room, and the
bill for that visit was charged to Mr. Bartone's bill.

Mr. Kennedy. What is the significance of that date ?

Mr. CoNSTANDY. It followed by, I believe, 3 days the arrest of Mr.
Bartone.

Mr. Kennedy. Just once again to show the fact of the tie-in with
the underworld, here is this individual, Mr. Triscaro, goes down and
participating in all of these arrangements and then with Mr. Bartone.
Even if we say he didn't know anything about it, Mr. Bartone was
arrested with the plane at the time that they were loading the arms,
and who appears down in Miami, Fla., 3 days later, after Mr. Bartone
has been arrested, and stays in his room with liim but Mr. Triscaro?

The Chairman. Do you want to deny that? I don't think a denial
would incriminate you.

Mr. Allder. Mr. Kennedy, I think Mr. Constandy said 3 days
before, and I may be wrong.

Mr. Constandy. I think the fact is that he traveled on the 28th
and remained through the 29th of May, and Mr. Bartone was arrested,
I believe, on May 23, and it would be 5 days following the arrest.

Mr. Kennedy. It is 5 days after the man is arrested. Even if we
say that he didn't know anything about it afterward, at least Mr.
Bartone was arrested in connection with this, and arrested out at the
plane putting the arms aboard, and then a Teamster Union official
comes down to stay with him five days later and stays in the hotel
room with him.

The Chairman. Do you want to make any explanation of it?



IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN THE LABOR FIELD 19103

TESTIMONY OF NUNZIO LOUIS TPJSCARO, ACCOMPANIED BY
COUNSEL, H. CLIFFOKD ALLDEK— Resumed

Mr. Triscaro. I decline to answer because I honestly belive my
answer may tend to incriminate me.

Senator Ervin. Mr. Chairman, it it evident here that you have a
union official who professes to help build up the union, and to take
salaries and expense allowances for so doing, and while he is ostensibly
building up the union he is also taking remuneration from trucking
companies in which he has an interest which refuse to be unionized.

So about the most charitable construction to place on this witness'
conduct is to say that he is like the man that put vitamins in his liquor
so he could build himself up w^hile he was tearing himself down.
With one liand he helps to build up the union and gets compensation
for doing it, and on the other hand he tears down the union cause
and gets compensation for doing that.

The Chairman. Is there anything further?

Mr. Kennedy. Maybe we could put this record that Mr. Constandy
read from, giving the chronological movements of Mr. Triscaro dur-
ing that period of time, into the record. It would be helpful.

The Chairman. It may be inserted in the record at this point.

(The material referred to follows :)

Chronology

On February 11, 1959, Alvin Nainiau of Akros Dynamics met in "Babe" Tris-
caro's union office in Cleveland with Triscaro and Herbert Burris to review tlie
Akros situation.

On February 9, 2 days before this meeting, James Hoflfa called WE 1-7630,
listed to Teamster Local 410 in Kansas City, Mo., at 3:25 p.m. and spoke to
Roy Williams. (Williams is a trustee of the Central States Pension Fund.)

On the same day, February 9, at 4:10 p.m., Hoffa called CR 4-i083 listed to
Mrs. Stella Dranow, 9649 West Olympic Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Calif., and
spoke to Benjamin Dranow.

That same night, February 9, Triscaro attempted to take a flight from Cleve-
land to Washington. The flight was canceled. The following day, February
10, 1 day before the Naiman-Triscaro-Burris meeting in Cleveland, Triscaro
did go from Cleveland to the Teamster Building in Washington. (His out-of-
pocket expenses for February 9 and 10 in connection with the trip were later
reimbursed by Naiman.)

On the same day, February 10, Dranow using the name Morris, from the
Teamster Building in Washington called S. George Burris at 2 :47 p.m. ; and
at 3 :20 p.m. someone from the Teardster Building called Naiman's company
in Cleveland.

On February 11, Naixnan, Triscaro, and Herbert Burris flew to New York
City where they reviewed the Akros Dynamics situation with S. George Burris,
and on the following day, February 12, 1959, the four of them flew from the
Newark Airport to Miami.

On that day, February 11, two calls were placed from the telephone of Abe
Weinblatt, Miami Beach, Fla., one to Newark Airport and one to the I.B.T.,
Washington, D.C. (Dranow, while in Miami frequently used Weinblatt's
telephone. )

Triscaro, Naiman, and the two Burrises checked into the Montmartre Hotel,
Miami Beach, on the evening of February 12 and that evening Dranow, Triscaro,
and Naiman had dinner together at Gray's Inn.

The following morning, February 13, Triscaro called person to person from
the hotel at 9 :14 a.m. to James Hoffa at the IBT Building in Washington.

Also on February 13, the two Burrises, Naiman, Triscaro, and Dranow met
in Miami Beach and discussed turning Akros Dynamics over to Dranow. Later
the same day, at the insistence of Dranow, Naiman flew to Cuba to check with
Dominick Bartone on the sale of the C-74 airplanes to the Cuban Government.

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19104 IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN THE LABOR FIELD

A call was again placed from Weinblatt's telephone to the IBT Building in
Washington.

On February 14, Naiman returned to Miami Beach where he signed an agree-
ment drawn up by Herbert Burris, which turned over Akros Dynamics to Herb-
ert Burris, as nominee for Dranow. The agreement was signed by Triscaro
as witness.

On February 15, Naiman and Triscaro returned to Cleveland.

On the following day, February 16, Triscaro again went from Cleveland to
Washington, D.C. (with his out-of-pocket expenses later being reimbursed by
Naiman).

On the same day, February 16, Dranow, using the name Morris, called E.
George Burris from the Teamster Building in Washington.

The next day, February 17, 1959, James Hoffa from the Woodner Hotel called
Triscaro in Cleveland at 7 :55 a.m. and someone from the Teamster Building in
Washington called S. George Burris at 2 :05 p.m. and again at 2 :20 p.m.

On February 19, 1959, Dranow, Bartone, Triscaro, and Naiman flew to Cuba
in connection with the proposed sale of the C-74's to the Cuban Government.
That same day James Hofta called the ofiiee of George Burris.

February 21, Dranow, Triscaro, and Naiman returned from Cuba. Naiman
went back to Cleveland and Triscaro stayed at the Eden Roc Hotel, Miami
Beach, until March 13, 1959.

February 24, Triscaro from Miami Beach, called Naiman in Cleveland at
3 :23 p.m.

On February 27, Triscaro from Miami Beach called Gordon Hamilton of the
Hamilton Aircraft Co. in Tucson, Ariz., in relation to the delivery of a C-74
aircraft to Havana, Cuba.

Triscaro called Mrs. Benjamin Dranow at Las Vegas, Nev., on February 28,
1959, from the Eden Roc.

On March 1, Naiman went to Cuba. Triscaro called Havana, Cuba, at 11 :50
a.m., March 2.

March 3, Triscaro called S. George Burris in New York at 9:50 a.m. That
same day Naiman returned to Miami from Havana, and Dranow, using the
name Morris called the Woodner Hotel in Washington, D.C, from Weinblatt's
telephone in Miami Beach at 10 :50 p.m. (The call was charged to the Teamsters.)

Dranow again called the Woodner Hotel in Washington D.C, collect, at 8:30
a.m., March 10, again placing the call from Weinblatt's telephone and using the
name Morris. That same day at 1 :40 p.m., and again at 4 :10 p.m., Triscaro
from Miami Beach called Gene San Souci at the Shorelands Hotel, Chicago.
(San Souci is a trustee of the Central States Pension Fund.)

On March 11, at 9:42 p.m., Triscaro called James Hoffa at the Shorelands
Hotel, Chicago, 111.

Triscaro, Naiman, Bartone, and Dranow all met the C-74 when it arrived in
Havana, Cuba, on March 21, 1959. All but Bartone returned to the United
States. On March 22, Triscaro and Neiman going thereafter to Cleveland. The
following day, March 23, Dranow, using the name Morris, and calling from
Weinblatt's telephone in Miami Beach, made three collect calls to the Woodner
Hotel, Washington, D.C, at 6 :38 p.m., 8 :49 p.m., and 10 :17 p.m. Thereafter, at
10:55 p.m., James Hoffa called from the Woodner Hotel to Babe Triscaro in
Cleveland.

Dranow made a collect call at 8 :49 the following day, March 24, to the Wood-
ner Hotel, again using the name Morris and Weinblatt's telephone in Miami
Beach.

He called again, similarly, at 9:49 p.m. Earlier that day Naiman had sent
Dranow a telegram regarding past due freight charges owing by Akros.

On March 26, Naiman, in Cleveland, called Weinblatt in Miami Beach at 1 :43
p.m. Weinblatt called him back, collect, at 4 :49 p.m., and James Hoffa called
Weinblatt's telephone at 8:46 a.m.

On March 27, 1959, someone from the Teamster Building in Washington called
George Burris at 9 :35 a.m. and Cal Kovens Construction Corp. in Miami Beach
at 9 :40 a.m. Dranow, from the Teamster Building, using his own name, called
Mr. Lewis of the Pan American Bank of Miami at 10 :05 a.m. and Alvin Naiman
in Cleveland at 10:12 a.m. At 10:20 a.m., Dranow, using the name Morri.s,
still calling from the IBT, called Mr. Wenger of the accounting firm of Mark
and Wenger in New York City. At 10 :35 a.m., someone from the IBT again
called Cal Kovens Construction Corp. in Miami Beach. Naiman, in Cleveland,
at 10 :48 a.m. called Weinblatt in Miami Beach and at 11 :29 a.m. Dranow called



IMPROPER ACTIVITIES IN THE LABOR FIELD 19105

Mr. Lewis at the Pan American Bank of Miami from the IBT oflSce. At 1 p.m.
someone from the IBT called George Burris in New York City.

On the same day, March 27, Dranow, using the name Morris, called from the
Teamster Building in Washington to Louis Triscaro at the local 436 office in
Cleveland at 2 :40 p.m. Naiman, thereafter, at 3 :59 p.m. and at 4 :40 p.m. called
from Cleveland to Mr. Lewis of the Pan American Bank of Miami and at 5
p.m. called Dominick Bartone in Toledo, Ohio.

The next day, March 28, Dranow sent $3,800 and Naiman sent $2,200 to
Mr. Lewis of the Pan American Bank as part payment of the freight charges
owed by Akros Dynamics.

March 30, Naiman and Triscaro went from Cleveland to the DuPont Plaza
Hotel, Miami, where they joined Bartone. That same day, together with Mr.
Lewis, all flew to Havana in connection with the sale of planes to the Cuban
Government.

On April 1, the Cuban Government announced its intention to purchase from
4 to 10 C-74's.

April 4, Naiman and Triscaro returned to Miami, then flew to Cleveland.
While in Miami Beach, Naiman took back part of the Akros papers and records
from Abe Weiublatt.

On April 9, Naiman in Cleveland called Bartone in Miami at 8 :00 a.m., Mr.
Lewis at the Pan American Bank at 12:14 p.m., and Weinblatt in Miami
Beach at 4 :42 p.m. Hoffa, on this date, and from his private phone at the
Woodner Hotel called Triscaro in Cleveland at 10:15 p.m., and Roy Williams
in Lonejack, Mo. at 11 :15 p.m. and again at 11 :50 p.m.

On the next day, April 10, Naiman, from Cleveland, called the IBT head-
quarters in Washington, D.C., where he spoke with Triscaro.

April 13, Naiman and Bartone went to the Real Estate Research Corp., Chi-
cago, to speak to Mr. James C. Downs about a loan from the Teamsters pension
fund.

Downs called Hoffa, April 13, and Hoffa returned the call at 11:55 a.m.
Naiman, following the meeting, called the Pan American Bank of Miami and
that day flew to Miami. That night Dranow, using the name Morris, called



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