The PJ Tatler

Union Members Indicted for Burning Church

The Washington Free Beacon reports that several members of an ironworkers union have been indicted for arson. They allegedly burned a church.

The federal government on Tuesday indicted multiple union members forburning down a Quaker church in 2012.

Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union face charges of arson and racketeering in connection with a fire against the church, which was employing non-union workers.

“Ironworkers Local 401 [was charged] with allegedly participating in a conspiracy to commit criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault in order to force construction contractors to hire union ironworkers,” the FBI said in a press release. “Specifically, the indictment charges RICO conspiracy, violent crime in aid of racketeering, three counts of arson, two counts of use of fire to commit a felony, and conspiracy to commit arson. Eight of the 10 individuals named in the indictment are charged with conspiring to use Ironworkers Local 401 as an enterprise to commit criminal acts.”

The group of self-described THUGS—an acronym for “Those Helpful Union Guys”—allegedly burned down the meetinghouse as part of a wider campaign of violence against non-union work sites across the city.

Calling themselves THUGS — accurately — is a nice touch.

Here’s the FBI’s report, which given how the Obama administration tends to handle Big Labor, is a pleasant surprise. Did the Bureau sneak this one past Eric Holder or what?

They burned a church. I can’t quite get my head around that.