Ironworkers Local 401
Although all of the defendants originally entered not guilty pleas, change-of-plea hearings have been scheduled for five of them, including Edward Sweeney, who was one of Ironworkers Union Local 401’s business agents.
More charges have been filed against members of the Ironworkers Local 401, alleging they damaged work sites where non-union construction workers were hired.
Two additional counts of “extortion which interferes with interstate commerce” have been filed against members of Local 401, and additional criminal conduct charges have been filed in conjunction with 14 earlier charges.
At a pretrial scheduling hearing in the case, federal prosecutor Robert Livermore said the ongoing investigation of that Philadelphia union has led to new complaints that could generate more charges.
Matthew Pestronk, the President of Post Brothers, a real estate development firm, called into the Dom Giordano Show today on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
Sweeney, a longtime union leader, takes over after ten members of the Philadelphia union were arrested on racketeering charges.
Thursday morning on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Dom Giordano questioned Pennsylvania State Representative Brendan Boyle about campaign donations he’s received from Ironworkers Local 401.
Dom Giordano talked to contractor Robert Reeves of E. Allen Reeves Inc. this morning on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about the charges filed against three members of the Ironworkers Local 401.
Among the alleged criminal acts was the December 2012 torching of a Quaker Meetinghouse under construction in Chestnut Hill.
Steelworkers autographed the final beam on the ground, and then, with an evergreen tree and an American flag attached, it was hoisted to the top of the 14-story, multi-use apartment complex.