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WATCHBLOG: Philly unions assault employees, vandalize vehicles, draw ire of NLRB

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By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG – Some Philadelphia unions fight dirty – literally.

And they’ve been so bad that the National Labor Relations Board, not usually an agency to take a stand against labor unions, has had to send them to a time-out.

From The Free Beacon’s Bill McMorris:

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday ordered members of the International Board of Teamsters Local 107, Pennsylvania’s self-described “most powerful labor organization,” to stop assaulting and spitting on employees, vandalizing vehicles, and obstructing business operations at the Eureka Stone Quarry, Inc.

Jim Morrissey III, whose grandfather started the cement mixing and construction service company, launched the suit after striking drivers dragged a company mechanic from his truck after obstructing the road with nails—an incident captured on surveillance tape.

“He was scared to death, surrounded by six to eight guys he thought were his friends,” Morrissey said.

A spokesman for the union said the complaint was exaggerated.

But the incident is part of a disturbing trend in union tactics in the City of Brotherly Love.

As Franklin Center fellow Jillian Kay Melchior reported last month, a new study found 143 incidents of union violence since 1975 – and those are just the incidents that were reported.  There is reason to believe a far greater number of incidents in the union-heavy town go unnoticed and unremarked upon, Melchoir wrote.

Both pieces are worth reading for their detailed information and graphic reporting of what happens when someone dares to cross the powerful labor unions in Pennsylvania’s largest city.

Boehm is bureau chief for PA Independent. He can be reached at [email protected]