This is the type of story that gets you nodding your head and saying, “This proves the point.” A federal grand jury has just indicted ten Philadelphia area iron workers and their union for burning down a Quaker church in 2012 because the church was using non-union labor. All ten are members of Ironworkers Local 401. They were charged with the arson after an investigation pointed to their guilt. They are so shameless, they called themselves THUGS–Those Helpful Union Guys–and thought that was funny. Now the joke is on them.
In its press release regarding the indictment, the FBI said, “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. 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. It also alleges that business agents would approach construction foremen at targeted work sites and imply or explicitly threaten violence, destruction of property, or other criminal acts unless union members were hired.”
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From there, the indictment details how the union deceitfully used non-union people to approach the peaceful Quakers in anticipation of an investigation of their criminal activities. The job of these persons was to survey the Philadelphia area and report any non-union jobs being carried out.
That part of the scheme was described as follows: “The defendants had a network of individuals, friendly to the Ironworkers Local 401, to help identify construction projects and job sites where work was being performed without using Local 401 members.”
This is proof that we are winning the battle to free America’s workers from the extortionist grip of parasitical unions. This is not just persuasion that went a bit too far; it is a pattern of criminality borne of desperation at Labor’s increasingly shrinking influence. We have them on the run.
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