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Union Thugs Indicted For Burning Down Philly Quaker Church
Quote:The federal government on Tuesday indicted multiple union members for burning down a Quaker church in 2012.

Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union face charges of arson and racketeering in connection with a fire against the church, which was employing non-union workers.

“Ironworkers Local 401 [was charged] with allegedly participating in a conspiracy to commit criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault in order to force construction contractors to hire union ironworkers,” the FBI said in a press release.

“Specifically, the indictment charges RICO conspiracy, violent crime in aid of racketeering, three counts of arson, two counts of use of fire to commit a felony, and conspiracy to commit arson.

Eight of the 10 individuals named in the indictment are charged with conspiring to use Ironworkers Local 401 as an enterprise to commit criminal acts.”

The group of self-described THUGS—an acronym for “Those Helpful Union Guys”—allegedly burned down the meetinghouse as part of a wider campaign of violence against non-union work sites across the city.
It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
Every time I see anything about these guys, it reminds me of the Simpsons Steel Mill episode. Big Grin
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spblademaker;135527 Wrote:Every time I see anything about these guys, it reminds me of the Simpsons Steel Mill episode. Big Grin

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You have to admit that there is a certain irony in Quakers employing scabs to build a meeting house.
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I don't have to admit anything.

My BIL was working that site when those union-card-carrying inbred knuckle-draggers torched that site. At least he got hired on to help with the demolition but it was tough losing a good job at a time when they were in short supply.

I'm sure the pukes will get off thanks to their politically connected overlords. Screw em.
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People call non-union workers scabs. I call them good Americans. The unions have turned into nothing more than democrat fundraising machines that are hell-bent on taking every dollar for their members with no regard for the entities they work for. If it were up to the unions all organizations would have to pay 99.9% of their profit to the laborers. It's fucking bullshit economics.
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You have the right to join a union.

You have the right to NOT join a union.

You have the right to hire union workers.

You have the right to NOT hire union workers.

That is my stance on the matter.
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Quote:Union exemption from harassment claims raises questions

Post Bros. executive Sarina Rose had grown used to troubles at work literally following her home.

During the day, she dodged taunts from union protesters outside the 12th and Wood Streets work site in Philadelphia, where her company was building apartments last year.

After hours, tradesmen snapped photos of her children, 8 and 11, at their bus stop in Abington. They trailed her at weekend sporting events. One union leader loudly cursed at her in front of a packed restaurant and mimicked shooting her.

And under Pennsylvania law, none of it was a crime.

"When you walk in, as a vice president of a company, to a restaurant full of union workers," Municipal Judge Charles Hayden told Rose in court last November, "you're going to hear some things that you should have expected to hear."

Thanks to a little-known provision protecting parties in labor disputes from prosecution for stalking, harassment, and terroristic threats, Rose said, she was left powerless to stop the nearly constant baiting. The men who dogged her at all hours walked free.

The indictment last week of 10 members of Philadelphia's ironworkers local on federal racketeering charges has drawn attention to the exemption, which dates to the 1930s and which critics say encourages state courts to protect the very behavior federal authorities have since condemned.

In fact, Edward Sweeney - a longtime ironworkers official whom federal prosecutors have described as one of the union's most "vocal supporters of using violence" - used the harassment exemption three months before his arrest in the federal case to fend off a Municipal Court conviction stemming from an incident with Rose.

"It's a little bit like talking about gateway drugs," said State Rep. Ron Miller (R., York), who is backing a bill to remove the harassment provision. "If you allow certain activities to be immune, it just enhances that culture of conflict that leads to more dangerous behavior."

For months before her run-in with Sweeney, Rose's company had endured siege-like conditions from building-trades unions at its Goldtex Apartments site, now nearly complete. As tradesmen protested the decision to hire a mix of union and nonunion labor to complete the job, workers were beaten, car tires slashed, and delivery trucks blocked on an almost daily basis, Rose said.

When Rose spotted Sweeney on March 14 at the nearby Jany's Restaurant, she was not surprised to see him. But as she told Hayden during a nonjury trial in November, the union leader's actions that day left her unnerved.

As she headed toward the restroom, Sweeney cursed at her, loudly and repeatedly, calling her a scab and worse, she said. When a security guard attempted to intervene, Sweeney backed her against a counter and was soon joined by union colleagues.

"We were stuck in this tight restaurant, and they were yelling and surrounding us," she recalled Wednesday. "It was definitely a bad situation."

Rose escaped. But when she left her company's work site later that morning, she noticed Sweeney in her car mirror. His hand shaped like a gun, he pointed it at her and mouthed, "Bang, bang, bang," she said.

Rose pressed charges. And unlike past instances - involving union members photographing her children - Philadelphia police and prosecutors pursued a case, arresting Sweeney on charges of stalking, harassment, and making terroristic threats.

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The labor unions are running around town lately hoping to grab some of the control over City power that they've lost over the last 5 years.

Too bad the majority of the building trades card holders choose to live in the burbs. They can't vote. Almost always when they do pick someone to back, he winds up being one of the worst candidates around (see: Mayor Street).

I hope they pick Alan Butkovitz this time. He connects with low-income black people in the same way that grandmas in the T are receptive to hip hop artists. It would be nice to see a fully-backed union candidate lose and see all those union dues flushed down the toilet for nothing.

Quote:N THE 2007 Democratic primary for mayor, labor balkanized behind different candidates and Michael Nutter slipped through the cracks to become the first modern mayor elected without major union support.

At least that's how electricians union chief John Dougherty sees history - and he's determined to prevent history from repeating itself next year.

"Johnny Doc" has been hosting many of the city's top labor leaders for monthly lunch meetings at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' Local 98 headquarters, at 17th and Spring Garden streets.

For now, he said, they're working on union-related issues and organizing rallies. But their ultimate goal is to coalesce around one labor-backed candidate in 2015.

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