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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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Members Say Bosses Ran Union Like the Mob

Union corruption has been a longstanding issue, but you know it is the height of corruption when members say the bosses ran the union like a mob. Translation? Running the union like a mob includes death threats, threats of violence or serious injury, threats to family and loved ones, misappropriation of funds, underreporting, underfunding of contribution funds, “kickback schemes” and embezzlement. That’s not all, but it is a short list of the $7.5 millions in damages that the plaintiffs are asking for to right the ship of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

In similar news, former labor leader Robert Peto pled guilty to several counts of bribery. Peto resigned from his post after 8 years on

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