Feds raid Ironworkers Union headquarters; 10 arrested

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PHILADELPHIA – February 18, 2014 (WPVI) —¬†Federal authorities have arrested ten members of the Ironworkers Union for what is being called violent intimidation.

The United States Attorney in Philadelphia released a sweeping indictment Tuesday of Ironworkers Local Union 401, which is based in Northeast Philadelphia. Ten members, including the union’s top leadership, have been arrested.

Only Action News was there Tuesday morning as FBI agents raided the union headquarters, carting off boxes of documents linked to the investigation.

“They were not shy about using violence and they physically beat people. They used arson to intimidate builders and contractors to see to their demands,” said Zane Memeger, U.S. Attorney.

Union boss Joe Dougherty was among 10 men arrested, including most of the union’s top brass.

Authorities say Dougherty was in complete control of the union’s legal and illegal business. Only Action News was there as Dougherty left federal court after posting bail.

Action News asked him what he thought about the charges.

“I’m as surprised as you are,” said Dougherty.

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