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Mafia/Union Ties Still Strong

FBI agents and NYPD cops arrested 19 members and associates of the Lucchese crime family in a May 31st sweep. Crimes charged included wire fraud, racketeering, drug trafficking and murder committed over a 17-year period.

How does this tie into unions? According to the article,

Labor racketeering was a big part of this crime web. And it was the elder Steven Crea who made it happen. During January 1991-October 1998, brothers Giuseppe and Fred Scalamandre, owners of several Long Island construction companies, paid Lucchese crime family boss Alphonse D’Arco and underboss Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso about $40,000 a year to avoid making scheduled union benefit contributions, as specified in collective bargaining agreements. The Lucchese organization then paid off bosses and agents of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local

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Just A Little Arm-Twisting

Vincent "The Vet" Aulisi

Vincent “The Vet” Aulisi

Three former members of the International Longshoremen’s Association have seen their days of muscling “tribute payments” come to an end. Vincent Aulisi is the former president of Local 1235, Thomas Leonardis was the president from 2008 until he was arrested in 2011, and Robert Ruiz was a union delegate and former ILA representative.

All three pleaded guilty to using real or implied threats of force or violence against fellow members of Local 1235 to extract “tribute,” and each face a possible 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. At the ages of 82, 56 and 55 respectively, they may end their lives behind bars.