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by News on September 27, 2011

in State and Local, Union Politics and Transparency

By Reihan Salam/National Review Online

As much as I hate to be polemical, an article in the New York Times that caught my eye. It’s on a labor organization in New York city that has embraced a series of controversial tactics to advance the interests of its members:

Two leaders of a minority labor coalition pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that they used their organization, United Hispanic Construction Workers, as a baseball-bat-wielding criminal enterprise that threatened and extorted its way onto construction sites across Manhattan and the Bronx over the last 16 years.

The defendants’ lawyer made an observation I found provocative, yet that I’ve been assured is quite sound:

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