Labor Racketeering: The Mafia and the Unions

  title={Labor Racketeering: The Mafia and the Unions},
  author={James B. Jacobs and Ellen Peters},
  journal={Crime and Justice},
  pages={229 - 282}
The labor movement and its members have long suffered from extortion, thievery, and fraud. Corrupt labor officials have used union power to extort money from businesses. Labor racketeering has been a major source of the Cosa Nostra crime families' power and wealth since the 1930s. Nonetheless, combating labor racketeering did not become a federal law enforcement priority until Jimmy Hoffa's assassination in 1975. The U. S. Department of Justice, beginning in the early 1980s, brought or… 
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