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February 25, 2014
Embattled Ironworkers Union gets new leader
Source: Bizjournals

Stephen M. Sweeney is the new leader of the Ironworkers Local 401 after 10 union members were indicted on charges of arson, conspiracy and racketeering.

About a week after union leaders were indicted on charges like arson, extortion and racketeering, the Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia has a new leader.

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney will take over as administrator, according to several news reports.

Sweeney "will make fresh appointments to replace those under indictment," is reporting. Here's more:

Sweeney said the assignment comes to him in his role as vice president of the international union.

"We all have our regions, this is in my region," Sweeney, D-Gloucester, said Monday night. "My job -- when there are allegations -- is to go in and restore the reputation of the union. I'm going in and making sure everyone is doing everything by the book. That's my job."

Sweeney said the appointment includes no extra salary. His said it's possible he could serve as administrator 18 months or longer.

"It's something I'd rather not be doing, but this is what I get paid to do," he said. "I'm heartbroken that I'm over there."

One of the eight members charged with racketeering conspiracy is Joseph Dougherty, the financial secretary/business manager of Local 401.

Among the criminal acts laid out in the indictment is the December 2012 arson of a Quaker Meetinghouse under construction in Philadelphia. The Chestnut Hill Friends meeting house under construction was victimized four days before Christmas by arsonists who took a torch to the construction site in the middle of the night, causing $500,000 damage.




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