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Attilio Bitondo

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Attilio Bitondo

Attilio Bitondo (born June 20, 1928), also known as "Tillio", was a New York City labor leader and an associate in the Genovese crime family in the crew of powerful Manhattan captain Vincent DiNapoli. As Vice-President of Carpenters Union Local 257, Bitondo had jurisdiction over construction on the East Side of Manhattan. Bitondo and Local President Eugene Hanley systematically extorted New York City drywall contractors for the Genovese family. The two union leaders also engaged in bid rigging and bribery.[1] In the mid-1980s, Judge Stephen Crane authorized the New York State Organized Crime Task Force to wiretap the Local 257 Office telephones located at 157 East 25th Street in Manhattan.[2] The resulting intercepted telephone calls would be used as evidence against Bitondo, Hanley and other union and organized crime figures, and also demonstrated the grip the men had over the City's construction industry. In on telephone call, contractor Mario Marsillo indicated to Bitondo and Hanley that he was using no

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W. A. Boyle

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W. A. Boyle

William Anthony "Tough Tony" Boyle (December 1, 1904 – May 31, 1985) was president of the United Mine Workers of America union from 1963 to 1972. Early years Boyle was born in a gold mining camp in Bald Butte, Montana (about two miles southwest of Marysville), in 1904 to James and Catherine (Mallin). His father was a miner. The Boyle family was of Irish descent and several generations of Boyles had worked as miners in England and Scotland. Boyle attended public schools in Montana and Idaho before graduating from high school.[1] He went to work in the mines alongside his father. Shortly thereafter, Boyle's father died from tuberculosis. Marriage He married Ethel Williams in 1928; they had a daughter, Antoinette. Career Boyle joined the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) soon after going to work in the mines. He was appointed president of District 27 (which covers Montana) and served in that capacity until 1948. During World War II, Boyle served on several government wartime production boards, and on t

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Dave Beck

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Dave Beck

David Daniel Beck (June 16, 1894 – December 26, 1993) was an American labor leader, and president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 1952 to 1957. He helped found the "Conference" system of organization in the Teamsters union, and shot to national prominence in 1957 by repeatedly invoking his right against self-incrimination before a United States Senate committee investigating labor racketeering. Early life David Daniel Beck was born in Stockton, California, to Lemuel and Mary (Tierney) Beck. His father was a carpet cleaner. The Becks moved to Seattle, Washington when Dave was 4 years old. He had one sibling, a younger sister named Reba and his family was poor. He attended Broadway High School but was forced to quit at the age of 16 in order to go to work.[2][3][4] In 1910, Beck took a job as a laundry worker and joined his first labor union, the Laundry Workers International Union despite being just 16 years of age, securing a more lucrative position driving a laundry truck shortly therea

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George Brown (union official)

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George Brown (union official)

George Brown, 1922[1] George Brown was at one time the president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. In 1943, he was tried and convicted with co-conspirator Willie Bioff, of extortion of $1 million from Hollywood film studio producers after threatening them with labor strikes on behalf of the Chicago Outfit.[2] References "New York Clipper". Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections. Retrieved 6 July 2015. "Film Extortion Plan Charge: Union Official Found Guilty". Sydney Morning Herald. 24 December 1943. Retrieved 1 October 2010.

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Johnny Dio

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Johnny Dio

Giovanni Ignazio Dioguardi (April 29, 1914 – January 12, 1979), also known as John Dioguardi and Johnny Dio, was an Italian-American organized crime figure and a labor racketeer. He is known for being involved in the acid attack which led to the blinding of newspaper columnist Victor Riesel,[2] and for his role in creating fake labor union locals to help Jimmy Hoffa become General President of the Teamsters.[3] Childhood and early criminal career John Dioguardi was born on April 29, 1914, on the Lower East Side of New York City and brought up on Forsyth Street in Little Italy.[1] He had two brothers, Thomas and Frankie.[4][5][6] His father, Giovanni B. Dioguardi, was murdered in August 1930 in what police called a mob-related execution.[7] Dioguardi's uncle, Giacomo "Jimmy Doyle" Plumeri, was a member of the gang run by Albert Marinelli[8] and his patron, Charles "Lucky" Luciano, head of the rapidly forming Genovese crime family.[9] Dioguardi was introduced to organized crime at the age of 15 by his uncle.[

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Efrain Gonzalez Jr.

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Efrain Gonzalez Jr.

Efrain Gonzalez Jr. (born 1948) is a former New York senator and a convicted felon. Gonzalez was born in Coamo, Puerto Rico, and his family moved to the United States shortly thereafter. Prior to his election to the State Senate, Gonzalez worked as the union representative for the Transport Workers Union, and subsequently, the union representative for Local 820 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 1969 until 1979, which was during his employment at Brinks Armored Car Service. Gonzalez was married on July 20, 1969 and has four children with his wife. He and his first wife divorced in March 1987. Gonzalez was elected to the New York State Senate in 1989, in a special election to replace Israel Ruiz Jr., who had been expelled upon conviction of fraud charges. He was the Chairman of the Minority Conference in the Senate, as well as Chairman Emeritus of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, and Chairman of the New York State Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. He also was President of

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Danny Greene

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Danny Greene

Daniel John Patrick Greene (November 14, 1933 – October 6, 1977) was an Irish American mobster and associate of the Cleveland mobster John Nardi's during the 1970s gang war for the city's criminal operations. Competing gangsters set off more than 35 bombs, most attached to cars, in murder attempts, many successful. Greene had gained power first in a local chapter of the International Longshoremen's Association, where he was elected president in the early 1960s. He pushed into Cleveland rackets and began competing with the Italian-American Mafia for control of the city. He set up his own group called the Celtic Club, complete with enforcers. Early life and education Daniel John Patrick "Danny" Greene was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to John Henry Greene[1] and Irene Cecelia Greene (née Fallon). His father was also born in Cleveland,[2] but his mother was born in Pennsylvania.[2][3] Three days after his birth, Greene's mother died. He was called "Baby Greene" until his mother was buried, after which he was event

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Eugene Hanley

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Eugene Hanley

Eugene Hanley (April 2, 1926 - April 20, 2009)[1] was a New York City labor leader, as well as an associate of the Genovese crime family. Hanley took over as President of Local 257 of the New York City District Council of Carpenters for his father-in-law, a Genovese mobster named Will Graziano. Hanley and Local Vice-President Attilio Bitondo extorted building contractors operating in Manhattan in conjunction with Local shop steward Carmine Fiore, a Gambino crime family soldier, and other organized crime figures linked to the Gambino, Genovese and Colombo crime families. The men ordered beatings for those contractors who refused to back in, but typically, violence wasn't needed. In 1987, Hanley, Bitondo and other high-ranking officials of the N.Y.C. District Council of Carpenters were indicted on 79 counts of labor racketeering, including extortion, bribery, and bid rigging. District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau claimed that contractors that cooperated with the DA's investigation claimed they paid over $100,

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Jimmy Hoffa

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Jimmy Hoffa

James Riddle Hoffa (born February 14, 1913; disappeared July 30, 1975, later declared dead July 30, 1982) was an American labor union leader who served as the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) union from 1957 until 1971. From an early age, Hoffa was a union activist and became an important regional figure with the IBT by his mid-20s. By 1952, he was national vice-president of the IBT and was its general president between 1957 and 1971. He secured the first national agreement for teamsters' rates in 1964 with the National Master Freight Agreement. He played a major role in the growth and development of the union, which eventually became the largest (by membership) in the United States with over 2.3 million members at its peak, during his terms as its leader. Hoffa became involved with organized crime from the early years of his Teamsters work, and this connection continued until his disappearance in 1975. He was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery, and fraud in 1964 in

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Joseph Lanza

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Joseph Lanza

NYPD mugshot of Joseph Lanza Joseph A. "Socks" Lanza (1904 – October 11, 1968) was a New York labor racketeer and a member of the Genovese crime family. Biography Born in Palermo, Sicily, Lanza immigrated to the United States and settled in New York working as a handler in Lower Manhattan's Fulton Fish Market. Lanza soon became involved in labor union activity and, by 1923, had become an organizer for the United Seafood Workers union (USW). It was during this time that Lanza had become involved in organized crime, eventually becoming a member of the Luciano (and later the Genovese) crime family. As head of the Local 359 USW, Lanza threatened wholesalers with delays in loading and unloading perishable goods resulting in profits of $20 million from the Fulton Fish Market alone. He is the father of Colombo crime family mob associate Harry Lanza born May 4, 1950 who died in 2007 in Hyde Park, New York. Although convicted of labor racketeering in 1938, Lanza became an important figure in safeguarding New York'

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Michael McKay (labor leader)

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Michael McKay (labor leader)

Michael McKay is a convicted racketeer[1] and former labor leader from the United States. He was president of American Maritime Officers (AMO) from 1993 until his conviction in 2007. McKay, son of long-time AMO president Raymond McKay, joined the union as a Third Assistant Engineer in 1968.[2] He worked his way up to Chief Engineer (Steam and Diesel), sailing aboard deep-sea tankers and containerships.[2] Subsequently, he served as a union representative, organizer and as a member of the AMO executive board.[2] McKay served as the union's secretary-treasurer until his father's death in 1993, when he took over the presidency.[2] He was elected by wide margins in 1993 and 1996.[2] In 2000, executive director of the AMO's benefit plans David Merriken (who had been the best man at McKay's wedding[3]) told federal prosecutors that he had been involved in criminal activities at the union. During the six-year investigation, he recorded over 200 tapes of discussions with other union leaders.[1] On September 14, 2

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Anthony Provenzano

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Anthony Provenzano

Anthony Provenzano (May 7, 1917 – December 12, 1988), also known as Tony Pro, was a caporegime of the Genovese crime family of New York City. Provenzano was known for his associations with Teamsters Union director Jimmy Hoffa[1] due to Provenzano's job as an International Brotherhood of Teamsters president for Teamsters Local 560 in Union City, New Jersey.[2][3][4] Early life Provenzano was born on May 7, 1917, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the fourth of six children to Sicilian immigrants Rosario and Josephine Provenzano. At age 15, he quit Public School 114 and went to work as a ten-dollar-a-week helper at the H.P. Welch Trucking Company. Three years later he became a driver. Provenzano became employed by Local 560 as a business agent between 1948 and 1958, as the president between 1958 and May 1966, and as secretary treasurer between November 24, 1975 and June 1978.[2] Career In June 1961, Local 560 Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Castellito traveled to Upstate New York to meet with Salvatore Brigug

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Nunzio Provenzano

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Nunzio Provenzano

Nunzio "Nunzi Pro" Provenzano (February 24, 1923 – May 8, 1997) was a Genovese crime family soldier in his older brother Anthony Provenzano's crew, which controlled Teamsters Union Local 560 in New Jersey.[1] Both Provenzanos served as officers in the union local, including president, secretary, and business agent. Provenzano, was employed by Local 560 as a business agent between 1963 and August 6, 1966, as a clerk between 1969 and 1970, again as a business agent between 1970 and January 25, 1973, as secretary treasurer between January 25, 1973 and November 24, 1975, and as President between November 24, 1975 and July of 1981.[2] On December 26, 1961, Provenzano was indicted in New York, along with Salvatore Briguglio and a third defendant, on charges of conspiracy and attempted grand larceny for a scheme to demand "labor peace" payments from the Braun Company and Hubert J. Braun, Jr. during December of 1961.[2] On January 29, 1963, he was convicted of attempted grand larceny, and, on March 5, 1963, he was

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Anthony Scotto

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Anthony Scotto

Anthony M. Scotto (Italian: ; born May 10, 1934)[1] is a New York mobster and labor union racketeer in the Gambino crime family who ruled the Brooklyn waterfront.[2] Scotto achieved a high level of influence with several New York mayors and a governor before he went to prison. Early life Scotto grew up in the Red Hook Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn. His father worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation and was a union organizer. Scotto attended St. Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn.[3] At age 16, Scotto started working as a longshoreman on the Brooklyn waterfront.[4] Scotto studied pre-law and political science at Brooklyn College for two years, then dropped out.[1] In 1957, Scotto married Marion Anastasio, whose father was capo Anthony Anastasio of what was the Anastasia crime family. Marion's uncle was boss Albert Anastasia .[1] As an officer of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) Local 1814 in Red Hook, Anastasio used his position to control the Brooklyn waterfront. S

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Cornelius Shea

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Cornelius Shea

Cornelius P. Shea (September 7, 1872 – January 12, 1929) was an American labor leader and organized crime figure. He was the founding president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, holding the position from 1903 until 1907. He became involved with the Chicago Outfit, and although he was indicted many times, he usually escaped conviction. After a short prison term for attempted murder removed him from union affairs, Shea was appointed secretary-treasurer of the Mafia-dominated Theatrical Janitors' Union in Chicago. Early life Cornelius Shea[1] was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 27, 1872, to James and Mary Shea, Irish immigrants. His father owned his own tipcart and collected garbage for a living. Shea attended public elementary school, then dropped out after the sixth grade to work for his father.[2][3] Little is known about Shea's life between 1884 and 1894. But at the age of 22, Shea married 19-year-old Mary "Minnie" Lyons, the daughter of Irish immigrants Patrick and Margaret (R

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Frank Sheeran

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Frank Sheeran

Francis Joseph Sheeran (October 25, 1920 – December 14, 2003), known as Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, was an American labor union official who was accused of having links to the Bufalino crime family. In his capacity as a high-ranking official in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Sheeran was a leading figure in the corruption of unions by organized crime. In a lawsuit stemming from the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the US government named Sheeran as one of only two non-Italians who conspired with the Commission of La Cosa Nostra, alongside such figures as Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano and Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno. Shortly before his death, Sheeran claimed to have killed Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. Author Charles Brandt detailed what Sheeran told him about Hoffa in the narrative nonfiction work I Heard You Paint Houses (2004).[3] The truthfulness of the book, and the claims that Sheeran killed Hoffa and Joey Gallo, have since been disputed by several pu

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Matthew Trupiano

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Matthew Trupiano

Matthew M. "Mike" Trupiano, Jr. (November 8, 1938 – October 22, 1997) was the boss of the St. Louis crime family from 1982 to 1997. Early life Matthew Trupiano was born on November 8, 1938 in Detroit to a Sicilian-American family.[1][2] His father immigrated from Messina and met his future wife in Detroit. Trupiano eventually ran into gambling problems with the Detroit Partnership, the local Cosa Nostra organization, and was forced to leave the city. St. Louis crime family With the help of his uncle, St. Louis crime family boss Anthony Giordano, Trupiano moved to St. Louis. He soon became president of the crime family-controlled Local 110 of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA). After Giordano died in 1980 and John "Johnny V." Vitale. became boss, Trupiano was allowed to become a made man in the family. When Vitale died in 1982, Trupiano succeeded him as boss,[3] and Joseph Cammarata became his underboss.[4] In 1991, Trupiano was arrested for operating an illegal gin rummy game in t

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Roy Lee Williams

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Roy Lee Williams

Not to be confused with the American college basketball coach Roy Williams or the American football player, Roy Williams Roy Lee Williams (March 22, 1915 – April 28, 1989) was an American labor leader who was president of the Teamsters from May 15, 1981, to April 14, 1983. Early life and career Born in Ottumwa, Iowa, Williams was one of 12 children in a very poor family. He grew up in the Ozark Mountains in southwestern Missouri. He got work as a truck driver in 1935. Williams served in the United States Army in World War II and personally took 41 German soldiers prisoner, earning him the Silver Star. Teamsters After the war, Williams returned to trucking. He was elected business agent of the union's Wichita, Kansas local in 1948. He later was elected president of Joint Council 56 and president of Teamsters Local 41 in Kansas City, Missouri. He married and had two daughters. In 1955, Williams was elected a trustee of the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund, one of the union's larg

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