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February 21, 2013
Disorganized Labor
Source: The Washington Times

America’s criminal justice system is meant to treat everyone as equal before the law. Often it doesn’t. Perpetrators of violence, intimidation and extortion get a free pass if they’re union activists.

Look at what happened a few days before Christmas at a Philadelphia construction site. Skilled men with welding equipment came in the dark of night to sever support columns and set fire to the Quakers’ Chestnut Hill Friends meetinghouse. A detective told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “I absolutely think it is a union issue.” The sophisticated sabotage was meant to send a message that the congregation’s choice of a nonunion contractor to perform work on the meetinghouse was “unacceptable.”

These messages can hurt. Last year at a nonunion Goldtex construction site, an engineer was rushed by a gang of “protesters” who beat him until he lost consciousness. In a scene reminiscent of an episode of “The Sopranos,” a videotape left no doubt about what happened. Despite being charged with assault, conspiracy and reckless endangerment, the union thugs responsible got only a slap on the wrist — a $200 fine and sentenced to perform 18 hours of community service. Their lawyer petitioned successfully to have their record expunged, as if the incident had never happened.

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