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Teamsters shut down ‘dysfunctional’ local

The Teamsters Union has shut down a controversial South Boston local that once handled all the trade shows at Boston’s two convention centers, concluding that years of infighting and allegations of corruption and nepotism had made it too “dysfunctional’’ to survive.

Teamsters officials ordered Local 82, which had about 500 members, to merge with the larger Local 25 in Charlestown at the end of last year. The merger, completed last month, allows Local 25 to take over Local 82’s trade show contracts at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston and the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in the Back Bay.

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