Jan Von Bergen at the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that work on Comcast’s new tower came to a halt this morning when striking members of Local 542 picketed the Comcast tower project and other union trades refused to cross the picket line.  However, this show of solidarity (during the afternoon on the Friday before the Fourth of July) is unlikely to last past the long weekend.  Why?  Because any conduct by Local 542 aimed at encouraging a work stoppage by other union members is illegal and the companies that employ the sympathetic union members are in breach of contract if they do not work on Tuesday.

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In early September a Texas jury awarded a janitorial $5.3 million against the local chapter of the SEIU.  The janitorial firm claimed that the SEIU damaged its reputation and caused it damages when it spread false, defamatory, and disparaging stories about the firm.  Specifically, the janitorial firm claimed that the SEIU told the janitorial firms

Earlier this year, I wrote about the indictment of the owners of a union construction company that was improperly operating a double breasted (a union firm and a related non-union firm) operation.  That indictment alleged that the owners of the union firm failed to pay union members fringe benefits and wages when the union employees

The United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts announced that it indicted two construction company executives for running what the Department of Justice calls  “a fraudulent “double breasted shop” scheme.”   The DOJ charged Christopher Thompson and Kimberly Thompson on 18 counts of mail fraud, one count of benefit fund embezzlement, and 18 counts of