From the NY Times
An indictment handed up in Newark charges 14 people with racketeering and extortion of Local 1235 of the International Longshoremen’s Association and other dockworkers locals, including several current and former union officials who are said to be affiliated with the Genovese family. The indictment alleges a conspiracy over the course of many years to extort union members around Christmas, when they receive an annual bonus based on the number of cargo containers that move through the port.
And, from Bloomberg News
“It means that actual longshoremen in this case, with real mortgages and real families, were forced to kick back to corrupt officials of ILA Local 1235 between $500 and $5,000 each from their annual Christmas bonus if they hoped to rise above entry level jobs on the docks. Eventually those kickbacks helped line the pockets of the Genovese crime family.
“Organized crime means what it has always meant on the waterfront: mobsters getting rich on the backs of dock workers. This case helps put an end to it.”
It will be interesting to see the list of those arrested.