Ten offi cials and members of Ironworkers Local 401 have been indicted under the Racketeering Infl uenced and Corrupt Organizations Act for an alleged conspiracy to commit arson, destruction of property, extortion, and assault, in connection with the construction of a Quaker Friends Meeting House in Philadelphia. The alleged conspiracy was an effort to force construction contractors – who employed non-union workers – to hire the local’s employees, according to the indictment, issued by Zane Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In addition to allegedly setting the Meeting House on fire while it was under construction, the individuals are charged with threatening and assaulting contractors and their employees, and damaging construction equipment and other job sites. The indictment charges that the conspirators relied on a reputation for violence and sabotage, and had “goon squads,” one of which was called “The Helpful Union Guys” (“T.H.U.G.s”).