UFCW Local Leaders Face Racketeering Charges

NEW YORK — Three leaders of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 348 here were arrested last week and charged with racketeering, extortion, money laundering and witness tampering charges, according to federal officials.

NEW YORK — Three leaders of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 348 here were arrested last week and charged with racketeering, extortion, money laundering and witness tampering charges, according to federal officials.

UFCW Local 348, based in Brooklyn, is the largest UFCW chapter in New York City with 12,000 members, and contracts with retailers including FreshDirect and Restaurant Depot. Its leaders extorted or stole more than $2.4 million from the union and its employer

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