Why it's taken five years is unclear, but the failed "internal reform effort" of the Laborers' Int'l Union of N. Am. wants a trusteeship imposed on Local 1058 in Pittsburgh because of alleged ties to organized crime. No officers or executive board members of Local 1058 face criminal or union disciplinary charges. In his intra-union complaint dated Mar. 21, the ethically-challenged "in-house prosecutor," Robert D. Luskin, stated that Local 1058 bosses have had personal, family and business connections with Pittsburgh's La Cosa Nostra for 30 years. Luskin has run the failed "internal reform effort" since 1995, and it has reportedly cost LIUNA over $35 million.
Local 1058 retained ex-U.S. Atty. Frederick W. Thieman and ex-Asst. U.S. Atty. Stephen R. Kaufman. Thieman said accusations are mostly vague allegations against individuals who are being tarred with mob associations that stem from actions of their older and often long-dead relatives.