Union thugs suspected in arson of Quaker meetinghouse over Christmas

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Over Christmas, a long planned Quaker meetinghouse was torced and it seems like union thugs are to blame. The meetinghouse, which was first conceived back in 1997, was built by a nonunion contractor as it was the only way to do the project affordably. But union members didn’t like this, and a series of confrontational visits between the Quakers and the union officials. The police now believe it was disgruntled union members who burned down the meetinghouse.

“(Unions are) also one of the reasons why Philadelphia is in the shape that it’s in today. Because of the corruption, because of the mob influence, because of the corrupt politics, and because of the labor unions and the way that the labor unions – you can’t do a damn thing,” Glenn said.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported:

To afford Philadelphia’s first new Quaker meetinghouse in 80 years, the Chestnut Hill Friends felt their only option was to employ a nonunion contractor.

And now they are paying the price.

Four days before Christmas, the Friends’ world was rocked by the sort of violence they have devoted their lives to stamping out.

Vandals with an acetylene torch crept onto the project’s muddy construction site in the middle of the night. Working out of view in the meetinghouse’s freshly cemented basement, they sliced off dozens of bolts securing the bare steel columns and set fire to the building crane, causing $500,000 in damage.

Police detectives deemed the attack arson because of a series of confrontational visits from union officials days before the incident. They say the torch could only have been operated by a trained professional, and believe it was almost certainly the work of disgruntled union members. The city has assigned extra investigators to the case and is working with federal forensic experts to track down the vandals, said Michael Resnick, the city’s public safety commissioner.

 

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    One more reason for the unions to be disbanded and disposed of, there is no end to the limits that the criminal syndicates they have become, will go to for having their way.

  • http://youtu.be/XEjnyMyJYTI Sam Fisher

    And they say organized crime is dead. Typical union mafia gang bull bully everyone that don’t hire you because you cost to dang much.

  • SoThere

    If this was a Black meeting house it would make National News but it’s just a Quaker meeting house so that’s OK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-R-Mosby/1176981657 William R. Mosby

    Unions spring up as needed, and go away when they are not.

    We’re probably near the end of the “not needed” period, criminally infested locals notwithstanding. I was in AFSCME as a student because I needed a job and it was required. Michigan, 1968, University of Michigan hospital. It was the heyday of union craziness, with AFSCME at odds with the AFL-CIO, the Ann Arbor police command structure represented by the Teamsters, police by some other union. And my wife’s aunt was a clerical worker for a Teamsters local and was represented by another union. Which actually went out on strike against that Teamster’s local at one point.

    The union did all right by me and by anyone who had that arrangement, as many student employees did. I was able to pay my out of state tuition and all living expenses on what that job paid which was only about a dollar less- in 1968 dollars- of today’s minimum wage. Today’s out of state tuition at U of M is about $40,000 a year. I Worked two days a week, 9 hours a day. Got the overtime even though I was a part-timer. No other benifits though.When people are on their own for a while, other gangs take advantage of them until they organize again. Not there yet, will be sooner than a lot of people think.The world runs in cycles; at 63 years of age, I think I can see another one coming around. Don’t know if I will live to see it, though.

    By the way, if you would like this site to look professional, check the article for grammar, missing words, and so forth. Just sayin’.

  • DWeb

    So where is the union meeting house?  Anyone got a match?

  • Draxx

    snowleopard, especially when Eric Holder is in BED With The Unions…  Even more reason to get rid of the Games they are playing with American Lives!

  • Draxx

    DWeb, an Eye for an Eye attitude will not solve our problems…

  • stuvr

    Hey Draxx….I’m with DWeb on this one. Enough making nice with thugs and leftists; time to give them an overdose of their own medicine.

    It is all that they understand………..you know, like Muslims. 

  • Anonymous

       Just as in Washington , their guilt will be proved , the waters muddied , and ” NOTHING ” will happen to anyone , most particularly the communist union leadership .  Every communist organization in America needs to be terminated including but limited too , all unions , the ACLU ,  all teachers organizations , and not nearly last , the ENTIRE demonrat political party .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carole-Wood/1804287853 Carole Wood

    Good thing for those sewer scum that the Quakers didn’t have several guns handy.  We need to do everything we can to take back the senate in 2014, hold the house with even MORE Tea Party Patriots, AND DESTROY THE UNIONS.  They are no different than the mafia…SCUM.  You know, when I worked at a Aerospace Company years ago, NOT, lockheed, Northrup, Raytheon, Grumman, Lyton, NorthAmerican.  We were NON UNION.  And we had to hid our badges when we left to go to lunch, because of security reasons, but the local OTHER employees of THE OTHER aerospace companies were ALWAYS asking if there were any openings at our company.  Know why???? Because we NEVER went on strike, our employeeswere treated great, great benefits.  My company had a reputation of ‘floating’ good employees around the company when a contract finished…. JUST TO KEEP THE TALENT IN HOUSE.     THAT’S WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU ARE WORKING AT A NON-UNION COMPANY.  The other UNIONIZED companies were ALWAYS going on strike for one stupid thing or another…. the employees were therefore ALWAYS having to dig into their savings to make up the difference between what the union paid them while on strike and what they had been bringing home WHILE WORKING.     DESTROY THE UNIONS,   DISBAN THEM.

  • Anonymous

    Criminal activity by people claiming to be for the workers is repugnant, hopefully they will be caught and if there is a link to a union, then by all means charge the leadership with RICO act violations!  Put the perpetrators in Federal Prison for a few years and break up their criminal enterprise!

  • Anonymous

    As a Boeing employee, I can say the UNIONS are the cause of Boeing fleeing Washington State to South Carolina and other right to work states.  Boeing workers are a bunch of overpaid, lazy, prima donnas, because of the greedy UNIONs and their moronic workers.

  • Anonymous

    i heard that the unions in philly were making fun of the prophet mohammad saying he rides the donkeys for sex and his wife wore a tail, at least thats what i heard and i m sticking to it

  • Anonymous

    is trumka a muslim jihadi

  • Anonymous

    Why is it that 90% of union workers are over 50 and over wieght? At least the ones I see on TV starting fighs and protests. Most are on the verge of a heart attack and havent missed a meal in years dispite not being employed for a long time. I have 10 years in the Teamsters and I have never been so happy to be disassociated with any organization in my life more so than these thugs. Of coarse I live in a right to work state so the unions here are not so strong and we are better for it.

  • greywolfrs

    An eye for an eye and a brick to the head. You need to speak in a language they can understand.

  • greywolfrs

    Ahhh, unions who have done nothing to help “workers” in decades. At one time, they did help. Now, we have the Labor Board and standard labor practices, unions are relics. I love all the left wing dolts who claim being conservative is regressive, yet support regressive labor practices and unions. Hypocrites.

  • Anonymous

     While I grudgingly agree that nobody will pay for this (other than the Quakers) … I cannot bring myself to “Like” the comment.  It is true, it is sad … but I certainly don’t like that it is so accurate.

  • Anonymous

    Ironically, a lot of modern Quakers are quite liberal. Maybe until now. We’ll see.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah my husband works for Boeing in Arizona and we are very pleased it’s a Right to Work state so we don’t have to deal with unions….until we move back to Washington in a few months  =P  Nice while it lasted!

  • Anonymous

    Hey don’t forget to add Obama to the list of lovers of unions!!  They are the most corrupt and despicable people out there!!  Everyone in the union has lost their sense of conscience of  rightness and wrongness…I pray that we can turn things around, but I don’t want to be naive either.  The Senate is putting forth  a bill so there will be no term limit on the President position.  God help us!

  • Anonymous

    There is a war coming and it is not just a war of words and ideas! It is going to be another civil war and it will be for the life of a country founded on the Judao- Christian ideas against the godless progressives and takers! This is why they want our guns!

  • Anonymous

    They don’t have a meeting house because they aren’t smart enough to build one, they only tear down and destroy everyone else’s.  I worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. from 1967 to 1971.  The operators went on strike and we filled in (the Secretaries) which is what I was, anyway, we filled in for them and we put through more calls than the union paid operators.  We were scared for our lives, but boy was it fun.  I employee was found dead.  My Dad worked for the railroad and he was union, I was a scab for a long time, but I had fun.  I agree the unions are a bunch of ignorant thugs and that goes for the women as well, and they need to go.  We have to get organized and show the country whose boss – let’s take our COUNTRY back!!!

  • http://twitter.com/JWMajic J. W. Appling

     Sorry about your bad luck I’m stuck here in western Washington.

  • http://twitter.com/SusanSparling1 Susan Sparling

    There ought to be a law against racketeer-influenced & corrupt organizations. Then this wouldn’t have happened!

  • Anonymous

    Unions used to be a God-send in their infancy.  Like most organizations that find a need to fulfill an overly overworked sweat shop that abused their employees.  Their life-cycle has metamorphed into an unrecognizable creature that consumes their sense of fairness and fairplay.  I only wish that they can return to what their original plan was…a comparable position for both employer and employee to keep their ‘marriage’ balanced.   

  • Brian Skrocki

    I’m from Philly originally, sad to say.  I don’t recall having seen this story on Yahoo today.  I’m sure I just missed it in my hurried pursuit of life.

  • Anonymous

    No, probably not–but it does give a bit of comic relief.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FLRQY66Q5RT2X2566LSYOXQURY MichaelB

    Union thugs that cannot or often are too lazy to read or do an honest day’s work are anti-patriots and need to be disposed of like the swamp scum they are.

  • Anonymous

    Tragic. Criminal. Hope they find who did this and punish them severely. (Hope springs eternal.)

  • Draxx

    I am not saying that violence does not serve a purpose, there is a time and situation occassionally where it is absolutely necessary…

    But, it should always be the Last Resort when other methods fail.

    I believe the Justice Department should have to pay the price if it ultimately leads to that, they are the ones who are supposed to keep people in check.  Corruption is everywhere, and sometimes it is up to the people to seek Justice!  But, if we go down that road it is going to be costly when it comes to lives…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FVONTN7NFYTGM7O4B4QIGRMWAU Ling Ling

    Let’s not forget the children that Janet Reno and Bill “The Big Nasty” Clinton burned ALIVE in Waco, Texas!

  • Anonymous

    Wait.. Let me get this straight…
    We will have union police investigating an alleged arson job
    and look into another union as the priciple suspects.
    This is going to happen inside another corrupt major city
    in the USA.
    Good luck to fairness. We might as well kiss this investigation
    goodbye.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JAFMTU45QNU763UREJ7OCKSWFU doug

    The Quakers are of a religious background……..Can you say Hate Crime?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aunti-Occupy/100003232140389 Aunti Occupy

    JUST A QUAKER MEETING HOUSE

    These are not the droids we are looking for, move on…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aunti-Occupy/100003232140389 Aunti Occupy

    The Hitler Nazis did this to Jews in Germany.  The Obama Nazi is doing this to the Quakers.  Do not try to use a non-Nazi Union or you will be sorry you did.

  • Anonymous

     This is true. …Boeing’s headquarters fled the Seattle area announcing that they were “pulling-out.” At the time, even Boeing didn’t know where they would move their HQ to. They were just getting the heck out of Washington State. In further testament to how bad it was in WA, they moved to Chicago, seeing that as an improvement!

  • Anonymous

    I envision a group of vengeful Quakers setting up a free-throw line in front of an open union hall window and flicking matches at it for points. …Well, maybe not.

  • mfh

    A reckoning is coming.

  • mfh

    Nope, only if they were muslim

  • Anonymous

    True to form, Beck is only relying on his interns to surf the net for stories that inflame his readers and viewers.Beck really knows nothing of Philadelphia, its strength, beauty and unlimited future possibilities. He seems to want to dump Philadelphia into the Detroit category. Those of us who live here know better. Neverthess the linked Philadelphia Inquirer story written so ably, as always by Inga Saffron, an archtectural writer, nails the issue. The Philadelphia Trades unions (Carpenters, Laborers and Electricians in particular) have done their level best to stifle the tide of free enterprise an economic growth in the city. Employing goons and hooligans to stand in front of tractor trailers in mixed union/non union labor jobs; picketing incessantly at restaurants that rehab their spaces with non union labor and driving up the cost of putting on a convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Despite their attempts, the City moves forward; rebuilds downtown, witnesses increases in residential property values, and attracts new residents from other areas. This matter is an affront to all people who believ in continuing progress in the City and the right of private entities, not to mentiion religious entities, to select their own suppliers and contractors. The DA will not let this case go unprosecuted.

  • Anonymous

    There was a time in our history when unions were good.  They helped workers get the pay they deserved.  Nowadays…they have become too powerful and are more like criminals.  The union bosses, that is.  After the union was voted in at my husband’s company…he was paid for 5 days what it used to take him 6 days of work to make.  He also got insurance and time and one-half which he didn’t get before the unions came in.  The old saying, “power corrunpt…absolute power corrupts absolutely” really fits today’ unions.

  • EgbertThrockmorton1

    Typical of the union thug cowards. Fighting against people who will not fight back because of their deeply held religious beliefs. Nope, that doesn’t matter to the pieces of human debris called “union members”, they are absolutely now, no better than Hitler’s Brown Shirts when Hitler was rising to power. Same group thug mentality we see with the gangsters now. In a group they are all “big and tough” singularly, they are the pansies that have to be told how to “think”, how to “vote”, for whom to “vote”, in short, these parasites are just the vermin of society, and they have willingly been led down this path, all for their mess of pottage.
    Just simpletons and scum nothing more folks, remember what they chose to become, they are truly nothing admirable. Their actions are as foul and profane as the words they now excrete. Real “men”…freaking pansy cowards is all.

  • EgbertThrockmorton1

    Pardon me, if I remain highly skeptical that this case will even be solved or prosecuted. No offense meant to you at all. I have seen the inherent corruption and sleaze that goes hand in hand with union gangsterism and the political pimps that so willingly cater to these parasites.

  • The Old Man

    Unions have taken the place of Mafia and Cosanostra and have copied their tactics and methods.

  • Anonymous

    That was my grandfather’s crane they torched. They have had union trouble in the past too when they would take jobs near Philly. City of…brotherly love?

  • Anonymous

    so i guess our country is going is going the way of Philadelphia since our leader is a union thug 

  • Anonymous

    not just the quakers because barry-hussein-obama hates all religions! he so narcisistic he wants to be your god,god to all! he even said in the so-called joke “i wasn’t born on krypton i was born in a manger” and as his hollywood buddies  like jamie foxx say,”our lord and savior barack obama” barry is just a lie! an islam community organizer union thug no education just photo ops and trained by hippie terrorists. barry-Hussein-Obama is an AntiAmerican Islamist Terrorist! thats why he can’t call them terrorists..he is one!

  • Anonymous

    No doubt–you and I have seen it and Philadelphia has paid for it. Having lived for nine years in the neighborhood in which the new building is to be located, and as a Town Watch coordinator, having had regular contact with the Northwest Detectives unit, I can tell you that is a dedicated unit that goes after significant property crimes with vigor. One of the City Council representatives who is appalled by this action,(and would be a go to person to push the DA’s office) lives in the vicinity–the status of his working relationship  with the current DA is unclear; both are likely to run for Mayor in the next Democratic primary (2015). Both would need support of municipal workers unions; but neither need the Ironworkers.

    http://chestnuthilllocal.com/blog/2012/12/26/vandals-do-500000-damage-to-new-meetinghouse-construction/

  • Anonymous

    Darn gutsy to attack a bunch of pacifists don’t you think?…
    Incidentally, this was my father-in-law’s crane that was torched, and this is not the first incident the business has had with the union. My husband has had rocks thrown at him from union protestors on the ground below as he walked 30 feet above on a slim steel beam. Should I even mention the other more subtle sabotages that were meant to go undiscovered until something tragic would happen? Can you say attempted murder?
    This incident has added an incredible burden to a small family business of father and sons doing their level best to stay in business despite a horrible economy. My father-in-law has pulled his business through before, and I believe he’ll do it again. The union won’t destroy him.
    Thank you Mr. Beck for mentioning this story — I understand that traffic was disrupted on some major streets in Philly by police and fire but oddly enough it doesn’t seem to have shown up on local new stations…how strange. We have no confidence that anything significant will be done here, but we appreciate your taking the time to bring it to light.

  • Anonymous

    I am aware of a local airport where a hangar and ready/crew facility was under construction.  The size of the project was not huge.  It included a steel hangar structure for housing two search and rescue helicopters.  Union types visited the site several times during daylight hours and threatened the General Contractor (non-union) and subs to get rid of the non-union steel erector sub and hire union.  Then, over a weekend, someone poured acid all over the horizontal members already in place for the hangar, making them structurally useless.  All the steel had to be replaced and re-erected, which delayed the project and added substantially to cost.  The City was the owner, so the taxpayers were ultimately the ones who paid the price.  That was my first exposure to union thuggery, and it clearly hasn’t gotten better.  In almost every instance I can think of, Unions have outlived their beneficial lives.  They had a beneficial role once, but that was long ago.  

  • Bob Voelsing

    Dear Carole,,Not ALL of us who have been in Unions are bad folks. I have been in Labor Unions since 1966 & my last ,,the Transport Workers Union (local 100) has ‘Struck’ or went on Strike & stopped NYC cold,,,but,,,BUT we NEVER got Violent.  We Bus Operators & others needed the union to Rep us when ‘Bosses’ would bring us up on ‘charges’ they thought they could get away with.  Are they Perfect?? Hell NO !! But without them,,many a Good Bus Operator,,who took care of his passengers 24/7/365,,would have been fired for Mickey Mouse reasons.
    I DO agree with you on the points about Union THUGS,,,& I hate them TOO. My Union disliked me most of the time,,but not all,,,because I am a Conservative ,,who votes Republican.  I am also a BIG fan of Glenn Beck,& what he stands for.  I also agree with YOU abut workers having the right to a NON-Union shop,,as this is STILL the USA & we should ALL have CHOICES.
    Happy New Year to You & Yours from a Retired TWU Line Steward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chr.lemming Chr Lemming

    I hope the locals picket the union halls and accuse them of terrorism, after all, they picket at the drop of a hat. Give them a taste of their own medicine.

  • nikki

    They wonder why membership is down,who do they represent anymore,not working class folks,thugs,and a far left arm of the progressive party.