CRIME: Racketeer Scalise

Many a New Yorker well remembers March 1936, when, for 15 days, he climbed and panted up & down skyscraper office buildings, apartments, hotels left elevator-less by the building-service strike. Not so many remember the smoothly smiling, dapper man named George Scalise (rhymes with police), who was one of the war council running the strike.

Inconspicuous then, Mr. Scalise became scarcely better-known when he rose to the presidency of A. F. of L.'s Building Service Employees' International Union (with a membership of some 70,000 charwomen, chambermaids, elevator operators, window washers), a $25,000-a-year...

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