THE NEW LEADER of Ironworkers Local Union 401 said yesterday that he will head the Philadelphia group for at least 18 months, during which he will seek to "restore the integrity of the union."
New Jersey state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, 54, the general vice president for the Iron Workers International, the parent organization, said he took over the local's operations as its administrator on Friday.
"My job is to get the union running," he said. "The allegations are allegations. I'm not going to cast judgment with regard to anybody and their allegation."
On Feb. 18, federal authorities arrested 10 members of the local union, including its leadership - business manager Joseph Dougherty, 72, of Bustleton, who was the local's longtime leader, and its four business agents, including Edward Sweeney, 55, of Northeast Philadelphia. The Sweeneys are not related.