Huge News: Union Leaders Arrested

The Feds finally awaken to union thuggery.


It’s probably just a temporary hiccup, knowing Philadephia, but for the moment 10 members of Ironworkers Local Union 401 are in hot water. This morning, according to NBC 10, “more than 100 FBI agents, prosecutors and Philadelphia Police officers teamed up” to make the arrests — that’s a 10 to 1 ratio to nab what U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger characterized as “goon squads.”

The reason for the arrest is because of the vandalism and violence the Local has employed to protest construction sites that use non-union labor, including “assaults, arsons and other violent, and destructive, acts to make their point emphatically clear,” according to Memeger. That point? “You better hire local ironworker union members or you will pay a heavy price.”

One group even alleged called themselves ‘THUG” — The Helpful Union Guys,” according to Memeger.

The union’s treasurer/business manager Joseph Dougherty, city business agent Edward Sweeney, county business agent Christopher Prophet were among those arrested.

Also named in the federal indictment were William Gillin, Daniel Hennigar, Francis Sean O’Donnell, William O’Donnell, Richard Ritchie, Greg Sullivan and James Walsh.

They also are accused of cutting wires and setting fire to a Quaker meetinghouse site where non-union workers were being used.

Dougherty, Sweeney and Prophet are big fish, so this is big news. I expect them to be released in…oh, are they out already? Well, it’ll be soon.

One side note of a humorous nature: NBC 10’s website reads:

The indictment against members of Local 401 accuses some of the suspects as using baseball and threats of violence to induce employers to hire union workers.

“We will make you buy season tickets!” That’d be enough to dissaude plenty of folks.

Update: It appears the above line on NBC 10 has been fixed, thus making my joke no longer funny.

Local Union Members Accused of Violent Intimidation [NBC 10]

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  • DTurner

    Any chance of a hate crime indictment as well?

    • Sons of Ben

      Only if those Quakers were African American.

      • codeblueprint

        Hate crimes don’t just have to be against race. “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation” their only bias was against non union workers in a union area.

  • Earl J

    The Quakers are the antithesis of using violence. One of the tenets of this Meeting House is pacifism. Truly sad. This is a Jury I would welcome sitting on.

  • Tricia

    It is people like this that give the hardworking Union men and woman a bad name.

    • Liz Spikol

      I completely agree, Tricia. There are many people in this city who belong to unions who are well-served by their unions and are superb workers. I believe strongly in organized labor, and it saddens me that the bad apples — and Philadelphia has more than a few, and they’re *really* bad — do so much damage.

  • Joe

    But its ok for white collar crime right? All there inside trading and slimy buisness ways…Some blue collar guys try proving a point to keep jobs for there union members and they get arrested its a joke. And you idiots go along and agree with the “THUG” persona. You wish your emoployer would go to these lengths to keep your job

    • Jonathan Mandoza

      What’s your home address I want to inflate a giant rat at your residence to protest your stupid comment.

    • Christopher Sawyer

      Joe who gives a shit. Bernie Madoff didn’t come to destroy the party walls of your house during its construction, did he? The Federal indictment enters into evidence that Local 401 men themselves called their little henchmen group “THUG”; it just so happens that the ones who take issue with ultraproactive union “persuasion tactics” take delight in that entry in the indictment is happenstance. You can write to the Federal prosecutor who is working this case to drop the prosecution because of the Big Bad Banks got away with… something I’m not sure what… and what these 10 men conspired to do to a Quaker meeting house in Chestnut Hill and the damages and costs it incurred on their churchmembers should be ignored. Go on, I’ll wait.

      • Joe

        As they should of for going non-union. Your just another sheep among the hurd

        • Sarah

          In trying to prove their point they committed arson. And it’s not just trying to make a point. It’s a consistent pattern of intimidation to everyone in the city who wants to build anything.There are no winners when people do this. Everybody loses, The project owner, the workers who can’t work, the insurance company who has to cover the loss. If I ever had to have a job done I would rather pay for 24/7 on site security than pay a bunch of thugs who would stoop so low as to torch a church. Do you guys know how hated you are in this city?

          • Joe

            Yea very minimal hatred

          • Not Joe

            Click on Joe’s profile and he has liberally sprinkled the N word in almost all his comments (he also said he is white). Nice Joe – real class act.

          • Joe

            Ooooo, not the N word, smh get a life who hasnt used it

          • Smarter than Joe

            Who hasn’t???! Are you kidding, “Joe”?? Um…I haven’t. Most reasonable people haven’t. Of course, “reasonable” doesn’t describe most union a-holes and the cluster f*ck that is Philly business and politics. It’s the reason it’s always going to remain a 2nd tier city – no one wants to do business in a city like that. Top tier universities and the biggest problem is brain drain – the smart people LEAVE.

            Why don’t you read about J. Leon Altemose, and how he made the suburbs safe for prosperity with the Valley Forge Sheraton (and landed in the hospital by union “protesters” that threw rocks at him, firebombed trucks and buildings, threatened his family and more). Now the suburbs have all the growth, the best schools, the safety – and the unions and the stupid, archaic council with its mini-fiefdoms and union appointed electorate (and DROP still exists – started by Rendell! Why do you people still like him??!) are still screwing things up. The convention center ha a 17% recidivism rate. SEVENTEEN PERCENT. That’s pathetic. And it’s based almost entirely on the idiot unions adding needless cost and even FIGHTING on the floor during conventions. No one wants to go back. So what do they do? Build more convention center!

            The Comcast Center has a secondary plumbing system just to satisfy the union – it does NOTHING. And they required three union workers to carry extremely lightweight, energy efficient pipes that ONE person could carry. Why? Because the unions wanted 3 hired.

            This idiocy is why NO ONE WANTS TO PUT NEW BUSINESSES IN PHILLY. The suburbs, sure – unions are very weak there. You idiots have completely lost the reason unions were created, and made everyone hate them – you ruined it for everyone. You hate women and minorities (oh, but I’m sure you’ll say “but some of my best friends are [a Jew, a black, an Asian, a chick, other derogatory words you don’t even realize are debasing because everyone you actually hang out with is a white Irish or Italian Catholic (or MAYBE just Christian) male)]”.

            And the word is “herd.”


            Warmest regards.

        • Dan P

          Wait, did you just say that they should’ve burned down the church? Are you kidding me?

        • connied

          WOW! So YOU’RE the personification of why unions are hated in this city. WOW

  • Fish

    Waste of taxpayers money it will be thrown out or not guilty philly FBI is pooping the bed lately