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Police Suspect Union Thugs Behind Philly Arson

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By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic

The burned-out cab of a crane sits on the Chestnut Hill site where nonunion labor was erecting a Quaker meetinghouse.

The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now “absolutely” sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project’s nonunion contractor.

Although no suspects have been identified in the Dec. 21 incident, Lt. George McClay of Northwest Detectives said Friday that he was certain the small Quaker building on East Mermaid Lane was targeted because it is being built with nonunion labor.

“I absolutely think it is a union issue,” McClay said.

If union members were involved, the attack would be the second violent incident in Philadelphia this year related to the use of nonunion construction workers. This spring, union protesters clashed with nonunion workers renovating the former Goldtex factory tower at 12th and Wood Streets for Post Bros., an apartment developer.



  1. Unions Suck

    December 31st, 2012

    Look for the union matches.

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    December 31st, 2012

    Unions have a habit of resorting to arson when things don’t go their way.


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  3. ? everything

    December 31st, 2012

    oh this should get good, PRIVATE sector union accuses PUBLIC sector union of nefarious deeds…

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  4. Cynic

    December 31st, 2012

    Time for a RICO act indictment against the union. Of course with Holder as AG, it’ll never happen.

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  5. even steven

    December 31st, 2012

    Will some newspaper list union members’ names and addresses… perhaps put them on a map?

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  6. ConMom

    December 31st, 2012

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  7. F.D.R. in Hell

    December 31st, 2012

    Hoffa, tonight at dinner, said, “Them’s my Philly boys!”

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  8. Eleanor in Hell

    December 31st, 2012

    Franklin, I believe he said, “Them’s my Philly peeps!”

    Get with the modern lingo, you old geezer. :evil:

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  9. Carlsonal

    December 31st, 2012

    We need union control. Also, I’m sick to death of films that lionize and glorify the noble union organizers.

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