The ILA has a long history of association with organized crime. It seems everyone has just
accepted this is the way it is, because they certainly have not cleaned it up, although every once
in a while The Waterfront Commission does something to justify their existence.
This was posted on their web-site. Click here for the link.
Longshoreman Indicted for Multiple Counts of Perjury Suspended by Commission
August 1, 2012
The Commission voted to temporarily suspend Dominick Dinapoli's registration as a longshoreman pending an administrative hearing on charges based upon his five count indictment for perjury. Dinapoli has been charged with testifying falsely in a Commission investigation regarding Port personnel associating with an organized crime figure and another career offender. The notice of hearing, approved today by the Commission, charges that Dinapoli violated the Waterfront Commission Act by associating with career offenders, convicted racketeers, and members or associates of organized crime groups, including Mario Gallo (an associate of the Bonanno and Lucchese crime Families), Samuel Santiago (a member or associate of the Latin Kings), and five other career offenders.
The criminal case is being prosecuted by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
A big part of the problem with the contract negotiations which will resume shortly, is too many people
are concerned if they cause the union problems, they will be wearing cement shoes in the river.
This is not to be taken lightly. I know of people who were threatened by the ILA. They gave in.
The negotiations really should be moved out of the NY/NJ area.