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Feds Charge Philadelphia Ironworkers (Local 401) with Extortion, Arson and Racketeering
http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/news/local/2014/02/18/feds-charge-philadelphia-ironworkers-with-extortion-arson-and-racketeering/ ^

Posted on 02/20/2014 6:54:46 PM PST by DogByte6RER

ironworkers union photo: Vote democrat and work union, Good pay, benifits, vacation, health care, REPUBLICANS offer none! ironworkers.jpg

Feds Charge Philadelphia Ironworkers with Extortion, Arson and Racketeering

Federal prosecutors today announced an indictment charging 10 members of the Philadelphia Ironworkers Union Local 401 with extorting and forcing businesses to hire their colleagues and defending their turf from non-union workers with violence.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane Memeger announced the charges at a press conference this morning after the 10 union members named in the indictment were arrested.

According to the indictment, members of the Ironworkers would approach foremen at construction sites where iron work was being done and “implicitly or explicitly threaten the foreman with violence, destruction of property or other criminal acts if the contractor did not hire members of the Ironworkers Local 401.”

“The defendants and their associates relied heavily on its well-earned reputation for violence and sabotage, which had been built up in the community over many years to force contractors to hire members of the Ironworkers Local 401,” the indictment states.

Ironworkers Joseph Dougherty, 72, the financial secretary/business manager of Local 401, Edward Sweeney, 55, James Walsh, 49, and William Gillin, 42, all face up to 130 years in prison on charges of racketeering.

Francis Sean O’Donnell, 43, Christopher Prophet, 43, William O’Donnell, 61, and Richard Ritchie, 44, are also charged with racketeering and face up to 20 to 40 years in prison.

Daniel Hennigar, 53, and Greg Sullivan, 49, are charged with arson and face up to 40 years in prison.

FBI agents arrested all 10 suspects this morning.

All are accused of participating in campaigns of intimidation that allegedly included “assaulting non-union employees with baseball bats, slashing the tires of vehicles, smashing vehicles with crow bars, cutting and changing the locks on construction sites, filling the locks with superglue, damaging construction equipment, stealing construction materials, and otherwise sabotaging the construction site,” according to the indictment.

Prosecutors say that union members had special “goon squads” who would go out at night to damage construction sites. One of these squads was known as T.H.U.G.s, (The Helpful Union Guys).

Furthermore, the ironworkers whom contractors were forced to hire through extortion often did not work full days or at all, the indictment states.

The indictment further alleges that from May 2010 to October 2013, the ironworkers engaged in repeated acts of sabotage and extortion — at one point sabotaging the construction site of the Quaker meetinghouse in Chestnut Hill in December 2012.

“Union officials and members who commit arson, destroy property, use threats of physical harm and engage in other acts of violence to extort victims on behalf of their union need to be criminally prosecuted,” Memeger said in a statement.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: arson; biglabor; extortion; fbi; goonsquad; ironworkers; laborunions; philadelphia; racketeering; sabotage; thugs
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1 posted on 02/20/2014 6:54:46 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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ironworkers photo: Ironworkers t-ironworker-skull2.jpg Another appropriate logo for the Ironworkers Union Local 401 ...
2 posted on 02/20/2014 6:55:50 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
The U.S. Government steals more from me than any steel workers union ever could !

Sounds something like pot meeting kettle.

3 posted on 02/20/2014 6:57:20 PM PST by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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goon squad photo: Goon Squad goons_250.gif
4 posted on 02/20/2014 6:58:29 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Holder will toss this one and somebody will get transferred to the sticks.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 7:00:56 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: DogByte6RER

Look for the Union Label.....


6 posted on 02/20/2014 7:05:51 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m wearing my Shocked face right now.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 7:08:19 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: DogByte6RER

“According to the indictment, members of the Ironworkers would approach foremen at construction sites where iron work was being done and “implicitly or explicitly threaten the foreman with violence, destruction of property or other criminal acts if the contractor did not hire members of the Ironworkers Local 401.””

Hoffa would be proud.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 7:09:15 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: DogByte6RER

You know this is Chris Matthews hometown. I have heard him blame Republicans for the sour conditions in Philly. Wonder if somehow they’ll find a way to lay this at the doorstep of Conservatives/Tea Party. You know they’ll try to at least proclaim this another Witch Hunt.


9 posted on 02/20/2014 7:15:11 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: DogByte6RER

Obama is sad. Holder says ‘we goofed’, and Zane Memenger will be severly dealt with... /s


10 posted on 02/20/2014 7:17:59 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: griswold3

” Wonder if somehow they’ll find a way to lay this at the doorstep of Conservatives/Tea Party.”

Of course! Evil Republican robber barons won’t pay their workers, so they MUST join unions in order to stay alive! /sarcasm;)


11 posted on 02/20/2014 7:21:01 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: DogByte6RER

And they wonder why we call them union thugs!


12 posted on 02/20/2014 7:32:48 PM PST by winner3000
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To: Frank_2001

Right on script. I missed that one.


13 posted on 02/20/2014 7:45:53 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: ozzymandus

Holder will toss this one and somebody will get transferred to the sticks.
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The Ironworkers are mostly Irish. Not any interest to Holder.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 8:28:03 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: DogByte6RER

Bump.....


15 posted on 02/20/2014 8:54:43 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: DogByte6RER

I thought Local 401 was the Extortion, Arson and Racketeering union... I had no idea they were ironworkers too.


16 posted on 02/20/2014 8:56:57 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Thought this was gonna be some kind of time machine thread from the 70s or summat .. imagine my surprise .. somebody in the Ministry of Campaign Fraud reeeeally f’d up !


17 posted on 02/21/2014 5:52:44 AM PST by tomkat
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To: o-n-money

Their money is green and goes to RATS. Holder cares about the color of their money, not their skin.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 12:49:16 PM PST by ozzymandus
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