The U.S. Department of Labor states, “Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers.” This is all well and good. The hard work and workers that built this country should be recognized and celebrated. But we should also remember union leaders’ many contributions to organized crime and their many successes in advancing their own interests over those of the workers they supposedly represented.
To this end, we offer a memorable video from the CRC archive:
Netflix and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman brought the crimes of the nation’s most prominent union leader, Jimmy Hoffa, back to public consciousness in a way they haven’t been since Hoffa’s disappearance in 1975. Much like at the end of the film, today’s generation has forgotten about Hoffa and the institutionalized corruption he represented. But while Hoffa is dead, labor union corruption lives on.