Unions: Protest or intimidation?
March 10, 2014
Guests: Tom Paine Cronin and Tom Ferrick
After what the federal government says was a âconcerted effort to force contractors to hire and payâ union workers, ten members of Philadelphiaâs Ironworkers Local 401 were recently indicted on charges of extortion, arson and racketeering. Among the criminal acts cited was the December 2012 arson of a Quaker Meetinghouse under construction in Chestnut Hill. In this hour of Radio Times — the case against leaders and members of Ironworkers Local 401 and the line between protest and harassment when it comes to unions. Weâre joined by veteran Philadelphia journalist TOM FERRICK and union leader TOM PAINE CRONIN who for over 35 years served as president of AFSCME District Council 47, one of the Cityâs four municipal unions.