In the discussion of Directive 10-289, Fred Kinnan said the following:
His smile disappeared, and with a sudden, bitter look of weariness he added, "...I'm not going to say that I'm working for the welfare of my public, because I know I'm not. I know that I'm delivering the poor bastards into slavery, and that's all there is to it. And they know it, too. But they know that I'll have to throw them a crumb once in awhile, if I want to keep my racket, while with the rest of you they wouldn't have a chance in hell. So that's why, if they've got to be under a whip, they'd rather I held it, not you - you drooling, tear-jerking, mealy-mouthed bastards of the public welfare! Do you think that outside your college-bred pansies there's one village idiot you're fooling? I'm a racketeer - but I know it and my boys know it, and they know that I'll pay off. Not out of the kindness of my heart, either, and not a cent more than I can get away with, but at least they can count on that much. Sure, it makes me sick sometimes, it makes me sick right now, but it's not me who's built this kind of world - you did - so I'm playing the same as you've set it up and I'm going to play it for as long as it lasts - which isn't going to be long for any of us!"
What exactly was he gaining from his racket (other than getting power by having a stranglehold on the Unification Board)?