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Joey Glimco was head of Chicago Local 777, a Teamsters affiliated labor union. From 1939 until the mid 1950s he was a corrupting influence who bilked the union of dues paid honestly by its members. He used the money to defend himself in trials, pay for his secretary's travel to Los Angeles and fund trips to national Teamsters conventions. Glimco regularly denied taxi drivers sick leave dues. If they complained he promptly kicked them out of the union. Glimco was affiliated with numerous Chicago mobsters including Jake Greasy Thumb Guzik.