This chapter reflects on the lessons that can be learned from US v. IBT and speculates about how the case will conclude. It places US v. IBT, a government lawsuit that charged the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) with racketeering and being associated with organized crime through Cosa Nostra, in political context. It also examines the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), enacted by Congress in 1970 to combat Cosa Nostra's infiltration of the legitimate economy, including labor unions, as well as the US v. IBT consent decree. Finally, it outlines the US v. IBT lessons for union democracy and for court-supervised institutional reform, along with the issue of who should bear the case's remediation costs.
Keywords: lawsuit, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, racketeering, organized crime, Cosa Nostra, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, US v. IBT, consent decree, democracy, institutional reform
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