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Union ramps up effort to organize Boeing plant (Read More…)

Warren L. Wise Oct 3 2014

The union trying to organize Boeing Co.‘s 787 Dreamliner factory in North Charleston has mailed out pamphlets and knocked on doors since it set up an office on Dorchester Road in March.

Now, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is trying a new campaign to drum up support.

The union has placed billboards along major arteries in North Charleston that say “Demand Better” or “Justice on the Job.”

The IAM is trying to get enough of Boeing’s 7,500 local workers to sign cards for an election to be called.

It’s not saying how close it is to calling for a vote, but one local union organizer said the IAM has gotten a “mixed” reaction.

Warminster union worker pleads guilty to sabotaging construction sites (Read More…)

By ANTHONY DIMATTIA Staff writer | Posted: Monday, September 22, 2014 8:30 pm

A Bucks County member of the Ironworkers Local 401 has pleaded guilty to sabotaging area construction sites in retaliation for contractors who did not hire union workers.
Francis Sean O’Donnell, 43, of Warminster, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to maliciously damage property by means of fire and related charges Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

O’Donnell faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison with a five-year mandatory minimum sentence along with three years of supervised release and a $750,000 fine. His sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 13.

On more than 10 instances, O’Donnell acted as a business agent for the Ironworkers Local 401 by extorting or attempting to extort non-union contractors to hire union labor. If a contractor refused, O’Donnell and his “Shadow Gang” — which included other Ironworkers Local 401 members — would use sledgehammers to destroy anchor bolts and cause thousands of dollars in damage to non-union construction sites.

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