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September 20, 2012
Teamsters fire back after indictments
Source: Boston Herald
By: Dave Wedge And Laurel J. Sweet

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union that represents workers at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center has broken its silence regarding yesterday’s arrests of ex-members John Perry, Joseph “Jo Jo” Burhoe, Thomas Flaherty and James “Jimmy the Bear” Deamicis on federal racketeering and extortion charges and allegations they threatened their own brotherhood if they tried to stand up to them.

“We work hard every day to make certain that our members who are employed at the BCEC are working under a system that gives every member a fair chance for employment opportunities,” Sean M. O’Brien, president and principal Officer of Local 25, said in a statement released today.

“The overwhelming acceptance of the referral system by our members and the lack of any complaints is proof positive that it’s working, Our members at the BCEC have every right to expect Local 25’s best efforts in representing them and I’ve promised them they’ll receive nothing less.”

On Jan. 1, O’Brien said Local 25 absorbed the now-defunt Local 82, which Perry ran and referred to as his “crew,” according to prosecutors.

Perry, 60, of Woburn is free on $100,000 bail. He will be arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court. Burhoe and Deamicis pleaded not guilty yesterday, but are held without bail pending a detention hearing tomorrow. Flaherty was released yesterday on a $50,000 bond.



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