Someone else - a contemporary of the strip, no less- saw Gray tacking in that direction too, huh? My guess is that he won't lay it on unions directly, but code it so that we'll all be in on the references. BTW...the LIU (which became the International Longshoreman Association) did have issues with mob ties. That was one of the reasons- along with a far more radical leadership- why west coast longshoremen in 1934 formed the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. What's interesting about the latter is that, in spite of such proletarian origins, as a result of reduced numbers and containerization, it's now a well paying occupation. An apprentice can easily pull down six figures. They opened applications a few years ago for about a dozen apprenticeships: over 35,000 applied. I jokingly remind my cousin, whose husband is a retired local official of that union, that it's a helluva lot easier now to get into Harvard or Yale Law Schools than that union.