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Martin Forde (born November 22, 1923) is a retired labor union activist.Martin Forde was born in County Mayo, Ireland and emigrated to the United States in 1951. He quickly joined the Carpenter's Union in New York, becoming a member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local Union 608 on May 11, 1951.After working as a carpenter for a number of years and working as a Shop Steward at the World Trade Center, he was appointed as an Assistant Business Agent by Local 608s President Paschal McGuinness. In 1987, Martin Forde was indicted for extortion and soliciting bribes, along with Johnny O'Connor of Local Union 608. Martin was eventually found guilty of these charges, and was given a suspended sentence on August 31, 1990 on condition of retiring from union office. Local Union 608 subsequently provided Martin with a Lincoln Towncar as a retirement present. Martin continued to exert influence over Local Union 608 policy and politics via his son Mike Forde. Wikipedia


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