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Was Lepke betrayed by a Communist Part 1
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:30 pm    Post subject: Was Lepke betrayed by a Communist Part 1 Reply with quote

Lepke emerged from prison in 1922 determined to make a name for himself on the Lower Eastside filled with Russian immigrants. The lower Eastside contained a sizable contingent of Communist sympathizers many of whom were power players in the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU). By 1926 the ILGWU found itself crippled by a fierce internal battle pitting a Communist faction against a group of Socialist sympathizers with both being opposed to the manufacturers. One of the leading Communists figures was Jacob Liebstein aka Jay Lovestone, a law school dropout who'd spent the teens serving as a big brother to juvenile delinquents (like Lepke) in association with the Jewish Protectory and Aid Society. The ILGWU's leader was Dave Dubinsky an alumni of the Czarist prison system and head of the Socialist faction. Dubinksy attempted to resolve the rift by introducing a man respected by all for his devotion and community stature with despite serving as spokesman for the manufacturers in Abraham (Abe the Just) Rothstein. A retired cloth merchant advised Dubinsky to take the matter up with his son Arnold. Arnold quickly agreed to handle the problem and immediately ordered his gunman Jack (Legs) Diamond to stop the intimidation of union members his fathers manufacturing group had authorized and financed. The ensuing negotiations prove successful and all is well for a time.

It has been written that Lepke worked as a gunman for Rothstein gunman Little Augie Orgen, striking out on his own shortly after the ILGWU strike's conclusion. The reason for this break is unknown as Little Augie appeared to be a the height of his influence having established close ties to Legs Diamond. Perhaps the break was undertaken initiated by the Rothstein's who undoubtedly recognized the threat a Diamond/Orgen alliance represented to them. Urban sprawl served Lepke well as he and Jacob Shapiro backed Hyman "Curly" Holtz takeover Local 102 of the International Brotherhood of Painters in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. A short battle commenced when the union attempted to secure the services of Orgen and Diamond. The dispute ended in gunfire on the evening of October 15, 1927. Little Augie's fading breath convinced Diamond to forget about the labor racket and focus his talents on liquor. The image of Lepke's rise contrasts sharply with the blood thirsty villain we've come to know from the press accounts of the 40s. "Methodical is the term that best characterizes Lepke's modus operandi...He was methodical in everything he did. He was methodical in establishing a gang of...criminals..."methodical in deploying his forces, seeking out, probing, testing for weakness before moving in decisively. His success we are told was attained "without heroics." Is it all or is any of it true?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John D. Rockefeller Jr, disdained union organizers, the most visible being Louis Buchalter. Rockefeller adamantly refused to pay overtime to his Pocantico estate staff and tolerated only a compliant company union which called itself the Independent Association of Rockefeller Center Employees. Rockefeller's patience was tried when George Meany, president of the New York State Federation of Labor moved to organize janitors, elevator operators and scrubwomen at Rockefeller Center. This move was counteracted by young Nelson Rockefeller who maintained control of the situation through Anna Rosenberg. Rosenberg arranged for Building Maintenance and Crafsmen, an American Federation of Labor (AFL) Union to act as the bargaining agent for Rockefeller Center employees. None of the bargaining was done publicly and the AFL maintained an advantage over the more militant CIO. Thomas Murray, president of the AFL Building Trades Council and Joseph Blek, president of the Maintenance Craftsmen rose to prominence as a result. Mrs. Rosenberg would go onto play a leading role in the Roosevelt administration and later find herself linked to Jay Lovestone politically. Both Lovestone and Meany performed services for the newly organized CIA internationally.
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