Criminality in Labor Unions

Archive Report

Multiple Exploitation by Racketering Unions

Efforts to clean up corruption-tainted unions and to expel criminal elements from their ranks have been given new urgency by the New York waterfront scandals. While criminal penetration of A.F.L. and C.I.O. affiliates is certainly not extensive, a series of disclosures during recent years has created mounting alarm among the top leaders of organized labor. Limited reforms after earlier investigations, and occasional convictions of labor racketeers, seem to have had no lasting effects. It is now recognized that, unless radical remedies are applied wherever corruption is found, serious and possibly permanent injury will be suffered by the whole labor movement.

Investigation of the International Longshoremen's Association (A.F.L.) by the New York State Crime Commission developed evidence of criminal activities which ranged ...

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