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Judge Trims Labor Department’s Claims of Union Intimidation (1)

April 14, 2021, 8:53 PM; Updated: April 14, 2021, 9:10 PM

A federal judge threw out intimidation claims that were part of a U.S. Labor Department lawsuit filed against a Philadelphia-based union during the waning days of the Trump administration.

The Labor Department improperly included allegations of member intimidation by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 that the union didn’t previously have a chance to address through its internal processes, according to the judge’s ruling Wednesday.

The claims appear to be an artifact of what some critics viewed as the Labor Department’s aggressive policing of unions during the Trump era. The suit was brought under the Labor-Management Reporting and...

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