National Affairs: Suspension

Joe Ryan's gangster-ridden International Longshoremen's Association has long been notorious for dock scandals: graft, extortion, kickbacks, loan-sharking, gambling, strong-arming, pilferage, gang warfare, wildcat strikes. Mild A.F.L. President William Green never did anything about it, but soon after George Meany succeeded Green last December, the A.F.L. Executive Council began to think of taking some action. Last week, after giving Ryan a chance to speak his piece, Meany announced that the council was not satisfied: it recommended that the upcoming A.F.L. convention suspend the I.L.A. from the federation.

Trying to make the best of it, Ryan implied that suspension was merely a legal device...

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