Ex-Union Boss Convicted: Oversaw Campaign of Violence, Vandalism Against Non-Union Contractors

Ironworkers Local 401

The jury has decided:

Guilty on all counts, according to the New York Times

A former union leader was found guilty on Tuesday of extortion, racketeering and conspiracy for overseeing a campaign of violence and vandalism intended to force nonunion contractors to hire union members.

After deliberating for four days, a jury convicted Joseph Dougherty, a former business manager of Local 401 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, on all six counts against him after a six-day trial in Federal District Court here.

Mr. Dougherty, 73, led a union that committed 25 acts such as arson, destruction of property and attacks on workers for nonunion contractors at construction sites in the Philadelphia area from 2008 to 2013, prosecutors said. He faces at least 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 29.

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