Longshoremen Set to Strike; Seek to Retain Archaic Practices

harold-daggettWhen it comes to protecting job turf, few unions are as ferocious as the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). And the union isn’t about to compromise that reputation, with its collective bargaining agreement set to expire September 30. “It looks like we’re going to have a strike,” said ILA President Harold Daggett (see photo). On August 22, talks in Delray Beach, Fla. between the ILA and a shipping industry trade group, the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX), broke down. At this writing, they remain at an impasse, though each side has agreed to meet soon. The ILA, which represents 65,000 employees at East Coast, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico and other cargo ports in the U.S. and Canada, is insisting employers drop plans to institute cost-saving technologies and labor practices. The contract would cover 14,500 workers. USMX counters that these reforms are overdue and that a strike could seriously damage the …

Aging Genovese Family Boss Pleads Guilty to Racketeering

As reputed boss of the Genovese crime family, Matty “the Horse” Ianniello was in the crime business.  But now at age 86 and headed for federal prison, his main order of business will be survival, even with an abbreviated sentence.  On Thursday, September 14, the ailing mobster, his wooden cane hanging on a chair beside him, entered a plea of guilty to one count of racketeering in the court of U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis in Manhattan.  Free on bail for now, Ianniello, a resident of Long Island, faces a prison sentence of one-and-a-half to two years, plus forfeiture of up to $1 million to the government.  Without the plea bargain, he could have gotten as many as 20 years in prison. 


Ianniello, a longtime Genovese capo, rose to the top of the family food chain in 1997 following multiple racketeering and conspiracy

Genovese Boss Gigante Dies; Corrupt, But Was He Crazy?

vinnie-giganteThe media dubbed him “the Oddfather.”  But whether or not Vincent “the Chin” Gigante’s decades-long bizarre public behavior was a ploy to avoid a criminal conviction was less important than the fact that as Genovese crime family boss, he controlled a criminal empire that included key locals of the Longshoremen and Iron Workers unions, among others.  Gigante, 77, died of heart disease on December 19 in federal prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri.  His death marks the passing of an era, the final act in a roughly 60-year career in organized crime with Old World roots.    


With his pompadour and pugilist’s face, Vincent Gigante was something out of central casting.  He was born in the Bronx in March 29, 1928, one of five sons, to Neapolitan immigrant parents.  School didn’t agree with him.  He dropped out of Manhattan’s Textile High School in the ninth grade, and latched

Genovese Boss, 19 Others Arrested for Various Crimes

Age is no obstacle when it comes to running a business, especially when it’s a Genovese crime family business.  Apparently it’s no obstacle to getting arrested either.  Matty “the Horse” Ianniello, a longtime Genovese capo, knows the lesson as well as anyone.  On Thursday, July 28, federal agents and local police arrested Ianniello and 19 other alleged members and associates on extortion, loansharking and other charges.  Ianniello, 85, who at one point allegedly served as acting family boss following the conviction of Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, was still active.  “Don’t let age fool you,” said FBI Agent Matt Heron.  “He’s still an influential player in the Genovese family.”


The family has been playing hard these past several years.  The federal indictment leading to the arrest alleges that Genovese members, led by Ianniello, infiltrated the Queens, N.Y.-based Local 1181 of the Amalgamated

Longshore Union Allegedly Infiltrated by Genovese

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn accused imprisoned Genovese crime family boss Vincent “Chin” Gigante and seven associates Jan. 23 of infiltrating the Int’l Longshoreman’s Ass’n. The Genovese used their control of the union to extort money from firms operating on the piers in the N.Y.C. metro area and in Miami, according to a 40- page racketeering indictment announced by U.S. Atty. Alan Vinegrad. Convicted in 1997, Gigante is serving a twelve-year sentence for racketeering, murder conspiracy, and related crimes. Gigante, known for muttering as he walked around Manhattan’s Greenwich Village in a bathrobe, has allegedly continued to run the Genovese family from prison.

Prosecutors allege Gigante obstructed justice during previous trials “by feigning diminished mental capacity.” According to prosecutors, “video and audiotapes of Gigante in prison show that Gigante is a fully coherent, careful and intelligent man. In short, he appears to have ceased feigning mental illness in jail.” Gigante is …