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Category Archive: Violence

  • UAW Local 600 Bullies Members Who Leave the Union

    Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by 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 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 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 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 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 […]

  • SEIU Organizer Allegedly Beats Up NYPD

    Posted on Dec 22, 2014 by Team

    We’ve noted before that unions are desperately trying to shake off their well-deserved reputation as “thugs.” Unfortunately for their rebranding effort, union bosses just can’t seem to get out of the old habit of physical violence, with an SEIU Local 32BJ organizing coordinator charged with numerous offenses relating to him allegedly assaulting New York City […]

  • “Top Chef” Staff Reportedly Treated to Teamster Tirades, Threats

    Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by Team

    Hell hath no fury like a union scorned. Earlier this year, Philadelphia-area Ironworkers Union members (including several officials) were brought up on federal charges for allegedly burning down a Quaker meetinghouse being built with nonunion labor. And now, the stars and staff of television cooking competition “Top Chef” have taken some fairly horrific abuse from […]

  • Union Faces NLRB Charge for Alleged Rape Threat

    Posted on Mar 10, 2014 by Team

    We’ve covered the despicable behavior of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) before. In a dispute with the Port of Longview, ILWU members stormed the port, and when local media went to ask about the incident, a union member threatened to destroy the reporters’ camera. But a new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unfair […]