Exactly where have American courts drawn the line between lawful labor union activity and illegal actions such as racketeering?
It's a fascinating history that matters now, as a federal probe of local unions has put Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in the spotlight, along with the city's tourism director, Kenneth Brissette. He's been indicted on charges of "union-related extortion."
- "The recent prosecutions, and the ongoing federal investigation into union tactics that has reached into City Hall, have led legal observers to wonder: What’s the line between advocacy on behalf of working people and unlawful coercion."
- "An official in Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration is in federal court for an arraignment on charges of 'union-related extortion.' Kenneth Brissette, the city’s director of tourism, sports and entertainment, was arrested and accused of withholding city permits to a business unless it hired union workers."
This segment aired on May 25, 2016.