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Category Archive: Violence

  • Johnny Doc, Where’s the Brotherly Love?

    Posted on Aug 09, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    One of America’s most powerful union bosses has some serious legal problems. John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, the business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98, is currently under federal and state investigation. Why? Dougherty’s own finances, as well as the union’s donations to political campaigns and “allegations of a pattern of intimidation.” When it comes […]

  • Union Bosses Flex Muscle in Philadelphia—Literally

    Posted on Aug 05, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    With the 2016 election heating up, union bosses are busy promoting their agenda. And the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was a perfect opportunity to flex some muscle. Take John Dougherty, the business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98. As The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: “For Dougherty, it was more like contact, as he hugged guests, […]

  • NLRB Allegedly Downplays Pro-Union Threats

    Posted on May 25, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    As we’ve explained before, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) sounds like an impartial observer; but it’s really an unelected body of pro-union bureaucrats. And the NLRB doesn’t hide its true colors. This particular story takes us back to 2013, when nursing aides at Pennsylvania nursing company ManorCare of Kingston voted (very narrowly) to unionize the workplace. Shortly after […]

  • UAW Local 600 Bullies Members Who Leave the Union

    Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Under current labor law, leaving a union is anything but easy—even in right-to-work states. Todd Lemire, a Michigan plant worker and union member of over 17 years, found that out the hard way when he decided to leave his UAW Local 600 this summer. Following the opt-out, Local 600 Tool and Die Unit President Bob […]

  • Pennsylvania Legislature Confronts Union Violence

    Posted on Oct 29, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Unions have multiple exemptions from commonly applied laws that protect people from violence and intimidation. Perhaps nowhere in the country is that more the case than in Pennsylvania, where unions have a wide exemption from stalking, harassment, and threats of violence laws. The state legislature is looking to change that: The state legislature passed the […]

  • Nineteen Years for Corrupt Ironworkers Union Boss

    Posted on Jul 21, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Joseph Dougherty, the business agent and financial secretary of Ironworkers Union Local 401, AFL-CIO, was convicted in January of numerous racketeering and violence-related offenses related to his union’s “goon squads,” which union bosses called the THUGs (apparently with no sense of irony). This week, he learned his fate. Federal Judge Michael Baylson sentenced Dougherty to nineteen […]

  • NLRB Judgment Adds to Machinists’ Woes

    Posted on May 04, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    They say that “April showers bring May flowers,” but the forecast for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) continues to be overcast. After an April that left the union’s organizing campaign at Delta referred to the Justice Department for allegedly forged authorization cards and saw the union pull its petition for a union election at […]

  • Ironworkers Boss Stands Trial for Mafia-Style Racket

    Posted on Jan 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We covered the indictment of the “THUGs” — seriously, that was the name of one of their “goon squads” — of Ironworkers Local Union 401 back in February. Ten people affiliated with the Philadelphia union, including the union’s financial secretary and multiple business agents, were charged with RICO crimes related to a series of actions […]