Construction accident at Temple U on union’s clock

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Philadelphia fire department was called to the site of an under construction steel framed building on the campus of Temple University at 12th and Berks on Thursday afternoon July 11, 2013. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )

Philadelphia’s organized labor politicized that last month’s tragic Salvation Army building collapse came at the hands of non-union labor. Several union leaders were quick to claim that unions avert tragedies and prevent injuries.

Yesterday, that claim was put to the test. The claim failed. Miserably.

I was curious whether yesterday’s  construction accident at Temple University’s campus happened on a union’s clock or not, since the mainstream media has not yet reported that fact. So I reached out to  Raymond Betzner, Temple’s Assistant Vice President for University Communications. Betzner told me this morning that “All of our projects are union projects." When asked, though, he was unable to identify which union was working on that project. That will soon come out.

Funny, only three weeks ago, I debated Pat Gillespie, the business manager of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, on, among other things, whether he could prove that union led construction projects were any safer than non-union ones.

See what Gillespie and I and host Dom Giordano had to say on this very important question in this video.

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