Unit 2 Case Study: Union Racketeering

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Unit 2 Case Study: Union Racketeering The four unions that were identified by a congressional committee in 1983 as being completely dominated by men affiliated with organized crime was the Laborers International Union of North America, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, International Longshoremen’s Association, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Laborers International Union of North America was headed by Ernest Kumerov, who was married to the daughter of the late Outfit boss Tony Accordo. This union was formed in 1903, and was used to control laborers over many construction sites. Many top leaders of this union were eventually arrested and charged with many crimes from gambling to murder. Many of…show more content…
The Waterfront Harbor played a critical role in the movement of goods into the United States. The leader of New York’s Notorious Five Points gang became Vice President of the union. The New York Waterfront included several ports. “With government regulation absent, organized crime was able to assert control over this piece of geography”. Abadinsky, H. (2013). The Jersey side of the harbor came completely under the control of the American Mafia. Many other racketeering crimes were committed by this union such as gambling, loan-sharking, and cargo theft. “Organized crime corrupted port employees, provided access to cargo shipments and storage areas, security for the movement of contraband, such as narcotics, falsification of insurances and shipping documents in insurance scams, and collusion in the expropriation of stolen property such as luxury vehicles and construction equipment”. Abadinsky, H.…show more content…
The politicians can be getting some type of compensation, whereas the union could be getting some kind of kick back or personally profiting. I do feel the politicians back many years ago were in way too deep with the politicians, but now I feel that there is more monitoring and regulation to prevent the same things from happening as before. I do feel politicians are obligated to union leaders especially if they are receiving mutual benefits working together, such as campaign funds or getting a politician to propose something that would benefit the union. I think the relationship between union leaders and politicians can make each of them more susceptible to corruption because they would both be looking for a mutual
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