Friday, January 21, 2011

JuridicsUSA: Crime: FBI whacks Mafia which controls some unions

FBI's biggest-ever mob bust 

shows where Mafia still 

holds sway

FBI and local law enforcement arrests 127 people allegedly connected to the Mafia, mostly in New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. Officials say the mob is still 'entrenched' in certain industries and has a 'pervasive' influence at ports.>
 The scope of the mob’s continuing crime activities, as detailed in a two-inch-thick stack of legal documents, included murder, loan-sharking, arson, narcotics trafficking, extortion, robbery, illegal gambling, and labor racketeering.
According to the indictments, the Colombo Family has long had control of the Cement and Concrete Workers Union Local 6A. [''The Cement and Concrete Workers of New York City Laborers' nion is an affiliate of the Laborers' International Union of North America(LIUNA), which represents more than 800,000 workers in the construction trades, factories, hospitals and many other workplaces.'']
“The La Cosa Nostra is entrenched in certain industries, especially time-sensitive industries where they can control the timing and flow of goods and the labor force has an ability to impose extortionate demands,” says Randy Mastro, a former US Attorney who prosecuted organized crime figures in the 1980s.
The indictments also indicate the Mafia is continuing to operate on the piers. According to the indictments, the Genovese Family extorted members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) to force the men to give a portion of their annual Christmas royalty payments to the mob as a sort of tax.  
The stranglehold the mafia has had on the dockworkers and the ports was never properly addressed by the previous Administration.  This newest move by the Federal Bureau of investigation has led to media exposure of the dangerous cancer affecting the loves of a whole sector of unionized workers on the American East Coast.  One can dream, as I do, that the ChristianLabor Association - USA coud win some votes among this workforce, had we a pluralist approach to labour representation in the country.  But we don't, and we won't, as things look at present.  The lead times to effectuate such a change woud be terribly long, as woud be the process of evangelization.  The Roman Catholic Church coud no more be expected to arise to the challenge, than coud the the workers who still, at least nominally, adhere to that faith-connection.  nor coud we expect much of evangelical church members, which one anticipates woud demographically be centered on wives of some of these labourers, but not in large ratios and raw numbers.   How large woud be a 2% conscientized Christian labour minority in these crime-entwined existing unions? 

-- EconoMix

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