Report: Construction company has alleged mafia ties

The Labourers' International Union has reportedly asked OPP to investigate whether Construction Labour Force is controlled by organized crime

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The Toronto local of the Labourers' International Union has reportedly asked police to investigate whether a private company, Construction Labour Force, is controlled by organized crime.   

The union has a collective agreement with the firm.

The CBC's Fifth Estate and the Toronto Star have learned that the company, CLF, is tied to Cosimo Commisso; reputed boss of the Commisso crime family.

It was questions from both media outlets that prompted the Labourers International Union to ask police to investigate.

CLF provides workers to do general cleanup work at construction sites throughout the Greater Toronto Area.  

The union typically gets job contracts with builders so it is unusual for it to have a collective agreement with the cleanup subcontractor.

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  1. Jack posted on 04/24/2014 11:08 AM
    The only difference between a mafia and a union are the threats they use during their extortion scams. One threatens to break your knees, the other threatens to jeopardize your kid's education/fill your streets with garbage/bring the transit you depend on to a halt/shut down your factory.

    They are the exact same kind of criminal, just with different paint jobs.
    1. Frankie posted on 04/24/2014 11:43 AM
      @Jack Some unions threaten too!
    2. Jack posted on 04/24/2014 11:45 AM
      @Frankie Good point.
    3. arthur posted on 04/24/2014 12:09 PM
      @Jack aw c'mon Jack... you're showing your iq level by your silly manjacake comments
      if it wasn't for unions fighting the good fight way back for all union or non union we would still have slavery. we would have no work place safety standards. You want to be a miner up north with no worker safety standards Jack? miners in China have no union? no worker family benefits/pensions and so on. who would look after your pitiful life if you got run over and couldn't work by a car driving down to the beer store to get shtfaced on wknds like you do Jack? it was unions fighting for disability rights and standards that the rest of the countries labour picked up on. Jack Jack Jack why you making Jackoff comments?
    4. Frankie posted on 04/24/2014 12:14 PM
      @arthur You're correct Arthur, unions were partly responsible for worker protection, etc. Laws have replaced what unions used to push for. Now we see the bad side of unions, protecting useless workers, inefficient work, etc.

      Time for a new union model
    5. Jack posted on 04/24/2014 12:57 PM
      @arthur Every single benefit that the unions of 100 years ago fought for is now firmly entrenched in employment law. The only thing the unions of today fight for is to expand their unethical and unregulated power to put their knives to our throats any time they please.

      Keeping the corrupt unions of the present day just because of what they did 100 years ago is as stupid, senseless, and harmful as continuing to wear a cast years after your broken arm has healed.
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