Unions: Protest or intimidation?
March 10, 2014
Guests: Tom Paine Cronin and Tom Ferrick
After what the federal government says was a â€śconcerted effort to force contractors to hire and payâ€ť union workers, ten members of Philadelphiaâ€™s 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. Weâ€™re 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 Cityâ€™s four municipal unions.