Bad Company :A warning about tainted unions

A warning about tainted unions

Writing under his own byline in the New York Times Magazine last week, President Reagan condemned organized crime as "this dark, evil enemy within." He praised a commission he had appointed for exposing "the all too rarely discussed problem of those institutions and professionals--such as corrupt banks, unions or crooked lawyers--whose veneer of respectability helps make them the mainstays of organized crime."

Two days later, the President's commission turned around and bit its creator. The Commission on Organized Crime noted that the Reagan Administration had "contacts" with one corrupt union, the Teamsters, and its president, Jackie Presser. The report warned that...

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