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Laborers' union chief vows to fight corruption charges

Arthur Coia vows to fight allegations of corruption and purported mob ties rather than resign as president of the Laborers' union.

"I have no doubt in my mind that . . . when all the evidence is presented, when the truth is brought forward, I will be totally, completely and finally vindicated," Coia said Monday in a letter distributed to union officials.The pending charges against Coia will be brought by a union attorney charged with rooting out corruption in the 350,000-member union.

Robert Luskin, a former federal prosecutor, is expected to say that Coia associated with members of organized crime, allowed mob members to run part of the union and got favors from companies that received union business.