Union Thugs Face Combined 170 Years in Prison for Strong-Arming Non-Union Contractors Into Hiring Union Labor

Philadelphia Ironworker business agent Francis O’Donnell and union member William Gillin pled guilty to multiple counts of setting fires, assault, sabotage, and extortion in an effort to force non-union construction contractors to hire union labor. The men were ringleaders for a group of union members called the “Shadow Gang” that would illegally enter and cause havoc to non-union construction sites at night when a contractor refused to hire union labor. O’Donnell faces 60 years in prison and a $750,000 fine while Gillin faces a whopping 110 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for January 2015. I don’t imagine they will have a very merry Christmas.