January 7, 2016, “Old School” “Violant Assault” on McHenry County Firm’s Nonunion Workers Results in Lawsuit Victory against Indiana Ironworkers Local 395 Union – Part 3 – Police Investigation & Admission of Extortion Conspriacy

The Police Investigation

The Dyer Police Department dispatched officers to the scene and opened an investigation.

Within two weeks all of the plaintiffs had viewed mug shots of various men in a line-up.

Each identified defendant Williamson as having been on the job site.

All but one also identified Jeffrey Veach as having been on the job site.

D5 never returned to finish the work. Instead, three weeks later, it hired a subcontractor and paid it to complete the job, even though the job was 75% complete.

In answers to interrogatories, Local 395 denied knowledge of who was present at the Dyer Baptist Church.

Local 395 made no statements to repudiate or denounce the assault on Plaintiffs on January 7, 2016.

Local 395 has imposed no discipline on any member arising from the events of January 6 and 7, 2016.

Local 395 has hired no investigators to look into the events of January 7, 2016.

Union Officials’ Criminally Charged, Admitting to Extortion Conspiracy

Veach and Williamson were charged in this court, in Cause No. 2:18CR89, with an extortion conspiracy in violation of the Hobbs Act, 18 U.S.C. §1951(a), and two counts of attempted Hobbs Act Extortion.

Both defendants later entered pleas of guilty to the Hobbs Act conspiracy charge in Count I. Cause No. 2:18CR89,

Veach stipulated to the following facts [Emphasis added]

On January 7, 2016, within the Northern District of Indiana, I
knowingly and intentionally agreed and conspired with my co-defendant,
Thomas Williamson Sr., and others, to use actual and threatened violence
to obtain contracts for the union
in which I served as an officer,
Ironworkers Local 395. Through my actions, I sought to obtain for Local
395 a labor contract with D5 Iron Works, and Illinois steelworking
company (“D5″), and/or a business contract with Lagestee-Mulder, an
Illinois construction company. Prior to January 7, I had learned that D5
was working on a construction project for Dyer Baptist Church in Dyer,
Indiana, which is in Local 395’s “territory.” I also knew that D5 was not
signed up to a labor contract with Local 395.

On the morning of January 7, Williamson and I visited the church
jobsite to talk to the owner of D5 and convince him to “sign up” with
Local 395 or stop work on the job. The owner refused and told us to leave
the site. Williamson became angry, calling him a “cunt” and a “scab
bastard” and grabbing his jacket. Williamson also said that we were
going to have to “take things back to old school.” By “old school,” I
understood Williamson to mean committing acts of violence against D5
and its workers.

Williamson and I then gathered up rank-and-file members of Local
395 to return to the jobsite that afternoon. Local 395 members attacked the
D5 workers and beat them with fists and loose pieces of hardwood,
kicking them while they were on the ground.
As a result of the attack, one
D5 worker sustained serious bodily injury in the form of a broken jaw,
that required several surgeries, extended hospitalization, and medical
treatment.

Williamson and I initiated the confrontation and did not act in self-
defense or “mutual combat.” The purpose of the attack was to intimidate

D5 and the general contractor, in order to get the D5 workers off the site
and to ge
t Local 395 ironworkers onto the site to complete the job. I
believed that the confrontation, and/or earlier threats, would result in
obtaining a contract for Local 395 workers to complete the Church project.

Thomas Williamson, Sr. stipulated to these facts in his plea agreement in United
States v. Thomas Williamson, Sr., Cause No. 2:18CR89:

On January 7, 2016, within the Northern District of Indiana, I
knowingly and intentionally agreed and conspired with my co-defendant,
Thomas Williamson Sr., and others, to use actual and threatened violence
to obtain contracts for the union in which I served as an officer,
Ironworkers Local 395.

Through my actions, I sought to obtain for Local
395 a labor contract with D5 Iron Works, and Illinois steelworking
company (“D5″), and/or a business contract with Lagestee-Mulder, an
Illinois construction company. Prior to January 7, I had learned that D5
was working on a construction project for Dyer Baptist Church in Dyer,
Indiana, which is in Local 395’s “territory.” I also knew that D5 was not
signed up to a labor contract with Local 395.

Veach and I then gathered up rank-and-file members of Local 395
to return to the jobsite that afternoon. Local 395 members attacked the D5
workers
and beat them with fists and loose pieces of hardwood, kicking
them while they were on the ground. As a result of the attack, one D5
worker sustained serious bodily injury in the form of a broken jaw, that
required several surgeries, extended hospitalization, and medical
treatment.

Veach and I initiated the confrontation and did not act in self-
defense or “mutual combat.” The purpose of the attack was to intimidate

D5 and the general contractor, in order to get the D5 workers off the site
and to get Local 395 ironworkers onto the site to complete the job. I
believed that the confrontation, and/or earlier threats, would result in
obtaining a contract for Local 395 workers to complete the Church project.

Tomorrow: Impact of Veach and Williamson’s Guilty Pleas


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