Union 'Goon Squads' Strong-Armed Philly Employers: Feds

Law360, New York (February 18, 2014, 6:26 PM EST) -- Federal prosecutors said Tuesday they have slapped 10 members of a Philadelphia ironworkers' union with charges including racketeering and arson, accusing them of creating “goon squads” to set fires, assault workers and sabotage property in order to strong-arm contractors into hiring union labor.

A seven-count indictment unsealed in Philadelphia federal court charged eight of the 10 defendants with Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act conspiracy, and alleged that they conspired to use Ironworkers Local 401 as an enterprise to commit criminal acts.

Four of the defendants, including...
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