February 14, 1993
Angelo Fosco, 71, one of this country's most
powerful labor union officials, died Thursday [02-11-93] in a
Hollywood, Fla., hospital. He had been attending a charity golf
tournament in Florida.
An Elmwood Park resident, he was general
president of the 600,000-member Laborers' International Union
of North America He was elected in 1975 after the death of his
father, Peter, who previously ruled the labor organization.
Mr. Fosco was known as an innovative leader
who expanded the union's base and improved the quality and quantity
of services that it provides its members.
"Angelo Fosco dedicated his life to
improving the quality of life for the working poor - and all working
people," the Rev. L. Jackson was quoted by the union as
Former Labor Secretary Ray Marshall was quoted
by the union as calling Mr. Fosco "an effective labor leader
with good judgment who served his people well."
Mr. Fosco was credited with foreseeing economic
changes that eventually swept through the country in the 1980s
and 1990s. Washington, D.C.-based Laborers' International historically
concentrated in the construction industry, but Mr. Fosco moved
aggressively to organize emerging sectors that were experiencing
rapid growth, including public employees and the hazardous waste
He built a nationally recognized model program,
the Laborers' International Union's National Health and Safety
Fund, to improve working conditions in the construction industry.
Mr. Fosco was an innovator in fostering labor-management
cooperation, especially in worker training. During his tenure,
he played a major role in helping the Laborers Associated General
Contractors Education and Training Fund conduct an award-winning
training program in the area of hazardous waste removal, asbestos
removal and lead abatement. He founded the Laborers'-Employers'
Cooperation and Education Trust to facilitate greater collaboration
among labor, management and government.
In 1981, Mr. Fosco and the union found themselves
fighting charges of having mob ties when he and 14 other people,
including Tony Accardo, were indicted by a Miami grand jury. The
federal-racketeering charges involved allegations of $2 million
in kickbacks made in connection with union life and insurance
contracts. Both men were later acquitted while seven others were
Besides also serving in various posts with
the AFL-CIO, he co-chaired a number of funds that benefitted Laborers'
Survivors include his wife, Marie; two sons,
Peter and Paul; a daughter, Marycarm; seven step-children; 10
grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. tomorrow
and Tuesday at Salerno's Galewood Chapel, 1857 N. Harlem. Services
will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Mass will follow at
10 a.m. in St. Vincent Ferrer Church, 1530 Jackson, River Forest.
Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, 7800 S. Archer, Justice.