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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Union Goon Squads

     Intimidation, assaults and property damage, including setting a crane on fire, were part of an alleged campaign by a Philadelphia-area ironworkers union to coerce building contractors into hiring them over non-union competition, federal prosecutors said on February 18, 2014 as they arrested ten of the union's agents and members.

     The federal charges against the men include racketeering and arson, and targeted properties included a Toys R Us store in suburban Philadelphia and a Quaker meetinghouse in the tony Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia….

    In a 49-page grand jury indictment, prosecutors said the defendants helped create "goon" squads to carry out the assaults and property destruction against non-union contractors in an attempt to force them to hire Ironworkers Local 401's members. One goon squad referred to itself as T.H.U.Gs, short for The Helpful Union Guys….

"Ironworkers Face Racketeering, Arson Charges," The Associated Press, February 19, 2014 

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