January 07, 2013
More Union Violence and Thuggery
"Nice church you're building. It would be a shame if something were to happen to it":
Police say union workers "almost certainly" torched an under-construction Quaker meetinghouse in northwest Philadelphia four days before Christmas. The Chestnut Hill Friends had hired non-union labor for the project, which discommoded several construction unions.Vandals with an acetylene torch crept onto the project's muddy construction site in the middle of the night. Working out of view in the meetinghouse's freshly cemented basement, they sliced off dozens of bolts securing the bare steel columns and set fire to the building crane, causing $500,000 in damage.
Police detectives deemed the attack arson because of a series of confrontational visits from union officials days before the incident. They say the torch could only have been operated by a trained professional, and believe it was almost certainly the work of disgruntled union members. The city has assigned extra investigators to the case and is working with federal forensic experts to track down the vandals, said Michael Resnick, the city's public safety commissioner.
…Trade unions dictate hiring at virtually all large construction projects in the city. Their dominance has had the virtue of ensuring that members receive good salaries and generous benefits, on par with those in New York. But it has also made construction exceptionally expensive here. Those high costs, real estate experts like Kevin C. Gillen at Econsult argue, have been a drag on the city's revival.
…Cross [the unions] by hiring nonunion workers or demanding more efficient work rules, and you can expect a giant inflatable rat at your door—or worse. The Post brothers, who are renovating a former factory into apartments at 12th and Wood Streets, learned the hard way in the spring when union protesters laid siege to their construction site, blocking deliveries for five months.
1) Iron Worker jumps on hood of car of Post employee as he pulls in to work at 6 am. Video: http://youtu.be/V9LQKsi8qnQ
2) Post employee parks on street after being blocked. Iron Workers attack his car with a crow bar, smashing all of the windows. Pics:
3) Iron Worker attacks 2 Post employees with a crowbar. Post employees manage to wrestle him to the ground after being struck and bleeding profusely. Off Duty police officers see the melee and place Iron Worker under arrest once Post employees tackle him. Video:
4) Union workers slash the tires of 5 cars parked at 1201 Vine street, thinking they are the cars of Post employees. They are in fact the cars of neighbors.
5) Post’s employee who was attacked by Iron Workers is charged with assault; the iron worker who did the attacking with the crowbar was not charged and let go and back at the site by Wednesday. Post is trying to rectify the situation with the city DA. Feel free to call the DA to express your outrage over this obvious, well documented injustice.
All we can say is, "Phew!!! It's a good thing these weren't Tea Partiers or Republicans! Otherwise, the media would be forced to hyperventilate about distrurbing racially tinged, racial overtones.
And code words.
Inexplicably, race will not be cited as a factor here. It doesn't support the narrative, you see.
Posted by Cassandra at January 7, 2013 07:56 AM
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You know, the more things like this go on. Where one side is demonized and violence against them is ignored, where one side is expected to provide for the other and shut up about it if they know what's good for them, where the ability to defend themselves is taken away, the less and less certain I am that things will not come to bloodshed.
Not full out civil war, but bloodshed all the same.
Dear God I hope I'm wrong.
Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at January 7, 2013 10:08 AM
Oh, wait, nevermind. This is OK.
Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at January 9, 2013 09:50 AM