Local 401 Throws A Wildwood Wingding

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HOST Joseph Dougherty, business manager of Ironworkers Local 401, finds himself flanked by Business Agent Edward Sweeney and TWU COPE Director James Mc Bride. Photo by Lee Buchanan

LOCAL 401’s Ed Sweeney and his daughter Rebecca enjoy a photo op with President of Ironworkers Local 401 Joseph Dougherty. Photo by Lee Buchanan

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One Response to Local 401 Throws A Wildwood Wingding

  1. The 49-page indictment details how members of Local 401, who called themselves “the Helpful Union Guys,” or “THUGS,” allegedly extorted, intimidated and bullied businesses and contractors, forcing them to hire union members, even when they were “unwanted, unnecessary and superfluous.”

    Members used arson, vandalism, sabotage and occasional violence to retaliate against those who chose to use non-union workers, the indictment says. Local 401 members were also allegedly behind the arson attack on a Quaker meeting house just days before Christmas 2012, which resulted in $500,000 in damage. The indictment also accuses two ironworkers of participating in a 2010 baseball-bat assault on non-union workers building a Toys R Us store in King of Prussia.

    The indictment describes tense relations between unions, which became especially heated when Local 401 believed other workers were encroaching on ironwork jobs.

    “You hope you get cancer so you can just go there and shoot every mother f*cker [member of the other union] down there,” said Ed Sweeny, a Local 401 business agent, according to the indictment. “You want to get cancer and just go there and shoot everybody. It’s insane, man, to have, to actually, to wish, you know, you would die so that you can go down there and kill them.”

    Edward Hanko, the FBI’s Special Agent in Charge in Philadelphia, tells National Review that though it was “a long and complex road,” he believes Enmons will not extend legal protections to the ironworkers indicted yesterday, many of whom could spend the rest of their lives in prison.

    Average Joe
    February 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

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