More Union Intimidation and Violence

Union whistleblowers: We were beaten and harassed after they accused bosses of looting

Unionized phone company employees say they were beaten or threatened after they accused their labor bosses of looting their coffers through various scams.


In August, business agent Patrick Gibbons said he received death threats and his office was vandalized after he complained that union bosses were misappropriating cash.

“They were warning me that if I continue to complain about their finances, they would have me killed,” Gibbons wrote in an open letter to union members.


DiStefano told the Daily News he was “attacked by a union thug” as he started the morning shift at a Verizon garage in the Bronx in April 2009. “He pounded me with his fists, he spit on me, he choked me and threw me down to the floor,” he said.

There must be a lot of money at stake for these union leaders to intimidate members in this manner. This is looking like regular union behavior when people start seeing the light.

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