Philadelphia Union Leaders Indicted in Arson that Victimized NFIB Small Business

Date: March 03, 2014

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Ten leaders and members of Ironworkers Local 410 in
Philadelphia have been indicted on federal charges of racketeering, arson,
conspiracy, extortion, destruction of property and assault.  One of the victims in the case is E.A. Reeves
construction company, an NFIB member and its owner Rob Reeves. 

Early last year, as Reeves firm was constructing a Quaker
Meeting House in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, the worksite was
vandalized.  A crane was set on fire and
structural steel beams were cut with a torch. 
Reeves reported that in the days before the crime he’d had multiple visits
by ironworkers demanding he hire union labor. 
Reeves claims that one day before the attack he was told “We gotta do
what we gotta do.”

Just a few weeks before the indictments NFIB aired a story
about the problem of union bullying on the business show, PMA Perspectives,
which airs Sundays at 5:30pm on Pennsylvania Cable Network.

NFIB supports a bill in the state legislature that would no
longer exempt union members from stalking and harassment laws.

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