National Labor Racket

Obama labor board pick has ties to mob


One of President Obama’s controversial recess appointees to the National Labor Relations Board has ties to corrupt mafia bosses, Fox News reports.

That recess appointee, Richard Griffin, was former general counsel for the 400,000-member [International Union of Operating Engineers] — a union tainted over the years by mob connections and a history of corruption.

Public documents obtained by Fox News show that more than 60 IUOE members have been arrested, indicted or jailed in the last decade on charges that include labor racketeering, extortion, criminal enterprise, bodily harm and workplace sabotage.

In some of the more egregious examples, federal prosecutors alleged in February 2003 that the Genovese and Colombo crime families wrested control of two IUOE locals, and stole $3.6 million from major New York area construction projects — including the Museum of Modern Art and minor league baseball stadiums for the Yankees and Mets in Staten and Coney Islands.