Civil criticism filed in opposition to Philly electricians union

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Federal prosecutors have filed a civil complaint against Philadelphia’s electricians union and its officers, including business manager John Dougherty, who is under a separate indictment for embezzling union funds.

The complaint charges that union officials intimidated potential opposition candidates in union elections last June, and therefore should be removed from office.

The union released a statement ridiculing the complaint as the work of a disgruntled member that the union is suing for defamation, suggesting that it was the last-gasp of the Trump administration’s Labor Department.

According to the federal complaint, three members who considered running for union leadership positions were subject to veiled threats that they’d never work again and to other forms of intimidation. All three dropped out before the June election.

The union has been under scrutiny for decades.

Dougherty faces trial, currently scheduled for this spring, on a 116-count indictment.

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