Unions Release TV Spot With Johnny Doc Cartoon Ghost to “Haunt” Post Brothers

Still from the commercial

Still from the commercial

The union siege against the Post Brothers continues, and it just gets more surreal. For Halloween, IBEW Local 98 is releasing a commercial “featuring a ‘ghostly’ cartoon version of John J. Dougherty” to promote its film about the Post Brothers’ Goldtex Apartments. The commercial also has another goal: “taking time to remind parents to check their kids’ Halloween treats before allowing them to eat them.”

That’s such a bizarre pairing of agendas, we don’t even know what to say.


The commercial will air tonight during the Flyers game (know your audience -- that's lesson No. 1) and will terrify and confuse children watching "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on Halloween on ABC. It'll also air, according to the press release, on AMC, Comedy Central, ABC Family, FX, SPIKE and SYFY.

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  • DTurner

    This is pathetic. Why do the unions think that it makes sense to waste all of their political capital on these guys? Are they simply becoming bored with burning down houses of worship?

    • Liz Spikol

      I certainly think there are many issues in Philadelphia that require serious input from organized labor. I’m not sure that a singular obsession of this kind is the best use of time from an organization as powerful and large as the IBEW.

      • Wally Zimolong

        Its more than that. it is about the politics of personal destruction and whether the ends always justify the means. Regardless of how you feel about unions, Philadelphians of all political persuasions should find the campaign to personally destroy the Pestronks, which has included attacks on members of their family, despicable. Have we gotten to the point now that nothing is off limits? Or will we stand together and draw a line in the sand?

        • Liz Spikol

          What baffles me is the particular focus on the Pestronks. It’s relentless. It reminds me of someone who can’t stop obsessing over an ex. Hell hath no fury like a union scorned.

      • DTurner

        Their time has passed, Liz. There is no reason that their wages should be more than double the wages of their DC peer (and only a few dollars less than NYC unions).

        The most frustrating aspect is that they no longer even live in the city anymore. I cannot tell you how many protests I’ve passed where I see more NJ license plates than PA plates. Why are we bending over backwards to maintain what equates to an economic stimulus program for suburban workers?

        Someone at City Hall would do well to break their hold on the city for the good of the city’s economy and people.

        • Liz Spikol

          Well, City Council is flush with people who depend pretty heavily on union support to get elected. I wouldn’t hold your breath on change at City Hall.

  • phillyflipping

    I worked for post brothers as maintenance over in Germantown and the stuff they had me do I never should of been doing I was always getting sick. They had me and another maintenance guy remove duct work that has been there since the building was built and found out that my health was at high risk. Had maintenance doing demo work hell they has me and a few others ride on the top of the elevators just to clean the tracks. There’s just so much more I’m happy I don’t work there anymore I got fired for being 5 mins late once or twice but i was always staying late working. But I was one of two there who had the knowledge and experience with all fields. Worst company ever they treat there maintenance like shit.

  • phillyflipping

    o and I was told people didn’t like me because I didn’t smile. I was there to do a job not to smile and like you people.