November 12, 1981
UPI PROVIDENCE, R.I.,
Nov. 11, Msgr. Galliano J. Cavallaro is leading a fund-raising
drive to help pay legal expenses for officials of the Laborers
International Union who were indicted in Miami on racketeering
Union members around New England were asked
to donate in a letter headed "New England Laborers Defense
League," signed by Monsignor Cavallaro, pastor of Our Lady
of Mt. Carmel Church here.
The letter said that Angelo Fosco of Chicago
and Arthur E. Coia of Providence, the union's top officials, were
"the targets of a well orchestrated campaign by the Federal
"I agree with the thoughts of the letter,"
Monsignor Cavallaro said today, but "I'm not going to be
pinned down to any one person, one cause, one statement or any
Mr. Coia, Mr. Fosco and 19 others were indicted
in a Federal investigation of a conspiracy to funnel millions
of dollars to organized crime figures.
Among the others charged were Arthur A. Coia,
son of the elder Mr. Coia, an international representative for
the 900,000-member union, Raymond L.S. Patriarca, reputed to be
the leader of organized crime in New England.