I have worked with both union and anti-union building trades labor and I’ve been both thrilled and appalled by both. Some of the best electricians I have ever worked with were union electricians in Philadelphia. I am not anti-union; I am anti-bully. This is a story of how two brothers managed to break the bullies and open the door for mixed job sites in Philadelphia.
For many years, Building Trades has been criticized—usually in fearful whispers—for stifling development and economic growth, shutting out new investors, and undermining this city’s entire political process. But the videos shot and posted by the Pestronks provided something to go with all those allegations: evidence. Footage of leering, chuckling union men spitting profanities—so afraid of losing what they have, they can’t see what they’ve become.