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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:53 AM

Rahm Emanuel Evades Questions Over Mob Ties in Non-Union Deal


from In These Times:



Rahm Emanuel Evades Questions Over Mob Ties in Non-Union Deal
By Anthony Mangini


NBC Chicago reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel evaded questions over alleged mob ties in a $99 million custodial contract awarded for O'Hare International Airport. The contract went to the non-union employer United Maintenance, a subsidiary of United Services Co., which has connections to several prominent Chicago mob families.

United Services' executive vice president, Paul Fosco, was convicted and imprisoned in 1987 for a "racketeering...scheme to swindle the Laborers Union through manipulations of lucrative benefit plans," the Chicago Tribune reports. Fosco's father, Angelo Fosco, and the infamous Anthony "Big Tuna" Accardo were also tried for their involvement, although both were ultimately acquitted. United Services' owner, Richard Simon, previously ran National Maintenance Facilities with partner William Daddano, Jr., whose father was a notorious enforcer and loan shark for the Chicago mob.

In a press conference last Tuesday, Emanuel insisted that the contract was awarded via a "competitive process," but skirted the issue of mob connections.

Unions were already outraged over the deal; the new contractor, United Maintenance will replace the unionized employees of its predecessor, Scrub, Inc., with low-wage employees. "This is about the mayor taking care of his millionaire friends," SEIU Local 1 secretary-treasurer Laura Rueda told NBC Chicago, "and this is about the mayor taking away middle-class jobs." ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.inthesetimes.com/ittlist/entry/14277/rahm_emanuel_is_silent_on_the_syndicate_at_ohare/



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Reply Rahm Emanuel Evades Questions Over Mob Ties in Non-Union Deal (Original post)
marmar Dec 2012 OP
midnight Dec 2012 #1
Smarmie Doofus Dec 2012 #2
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2012 #3
marsis Dec 2012 #4
marmar Dec 2012 #5
marsis Dec 2012 #15
datasuspect Dec 2012 #9
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #13
marsis Dec 2012 #16
marsis Dec 2012 #14
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #17
Guy Whitey Corngood Dec 2012 #6
progressoid Dec 2012 #7
heaven05 Dec 2012 #8
datasuspect Dec 2012 #10
forestpath Dec 2012 #11
AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #12
GiaGiovanni Dec 2012 #18

Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:00 AM

1. Why do the Democrats get on board with these low wage tactics.. It's not good for families, and it

is not good for the tax base.... Makes no sense....

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:14 AM

2. Jeeezus. I guess RW dems need the friggin' *house* to fall on 'em before....

.... they wake up to the basic moral/ethical character of the..... ummmm..... " pragmatic" Dems they've been nominating and electing.

And this guy was WHERE before he was mayor? Advising WHOM??.

Yuck.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:09 AM

3. Working with the mob? Rahm is looking sleazier day by day

Blagojevich is looking pure and innocent by comparison.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:15 AM

4. You have to understand,

 

Chicago Democrats are very different from the average national Democrat. They have a very low regard for labor and unions and are every bit as disingenuous as Republicans. But they do love our money, it just doesn't mean as much these days because they are getting more elsewhere. That is why I supported Hillary in the first election, this last election my support went to Obama only by default. Labor is like a bastard child to these Chicago thugs.

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Response to marsis (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:21 AM

5. Obama is a Democrat from Chicago; he's not a "Chicago Democrat"

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Response to marmar (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:20 PM

15. True-ish

 

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Response to marsis (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:10 PM

9. wrong

 

Chicago dems are strong labor supporters.

rahm is a carpetbagger, he isn't a chicago democrat.

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Response to datasuspect (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:58 PM

13. Democrats from the South Side are typically strong labor supporters. Rahm is a carpetbagger

 

from one of the North suburbs.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:23 PM

16. Let me correct

 

that. There are some good labor people in the state legislature, but they do not control anything. Illinois leadership is very anti labor in both parties but the Repugs somewhat respected and feared labor, these Dems do not in any way.

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Response to datasuspect (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:19 PM

14. Simply not true,

 

they really don't like labor.

The gang down in Springfield have hit labor harder than any Republican ever did. Just check out what's going on in Illinois right now, they're trying to bust the state union AFSCME as we speak, they threw the bargaining contract with AFSCME out, don't forget they control the Senate, the House, and the governor's office. Also look at what they're doing to the pension system. There's not a labor bone in their collective body.

Been there done that, experience is the best teacher..

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Response to marsis (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:57 PM

17. Your comment does not recognize that there are two types of Democrats, (1) the registered

 

Democrats who vote for those with the big "D's" after their names and (2) those with the big "D's" after their names, some of whom are willing to cash in by selling out the country to the rich and super-rich.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 10:32 AM

6. I always said he was a Joe Pesci character wannabe. nt

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:32 AM

7. That guy gives me the creeps.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:59 AM

8. this

guy really makes me wonder. He's kinda sleazy. Always struck as that. In it for no one but himself. The people he allegedly represents? Go to hell! I never trusted him. Something very ugly about this guy.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:10 PM

10. rahm is pure scum

 

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:12 PM

11. It is truly disturbing that President Obama chose this thug as his first chief of staff.

 

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:53 PM

12. Mob ties in Chicago? Who would have thought?

 

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:03 PM

18. LOL!

 

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