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NEWS
April 23, 2003
ONCE AGAIN, you've mistaken opinion for reporting. The articles that were in the April 14 and 15 papers about Electricians union boss John Dougherty could have been printed during the time of the the McCarthy era. He has been blamed for everything from bribery to tampering with minority contracts - amazing that you think Mr. Dougherty has that much power. I'm sure if a bomb were dropped over the city, he would be blamed for that. You even tried to portray the fact that he may be encouraging people to get involved with their neighborhoods and jump-start the city in a negative fashion.
NEWS
January 16, 1991 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
John Dougherty, a retired Philadelphia police officer whose calm, professional demeanor was an example to scores of young officers who worked with him, died Sunday. He was 84 and lived in the city's Overbrook section. Dougherty was with the Philadelphia Police Department from 1945 until he retired in 1965. He then went to work in security at Villanova University, retiring from that job in 1974. When Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas McGeehan joined the department in 1957, he was assigned to the old 38th District, now the 18th District, headquartered at 55th and Pine streets.
NEWS
March 13, 2008
State. Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's decision to not seek reelection leaves union boss John Dougherty as the clear front-runner. That's good for Dougherty, but troubling for reform-minded voters. In some respects, Dougherty is a junior version of Fumo - though without the Mensa membership. Both are brash, colorful, South Philadelphia characters. In fact, Dougherty was once a Fumo acolyte. Like Fumo, he can be pugnacious and charming. Dougherty also does lots of good work, but he and his union buddies at times have acted like thugs.
NEWS
April 17, 2008
John Dougherty has some really good friends. One unrelated pal, Donald "Gus" Dougherty, allegedly did more than $100,000 worth of work at John's house free. Another friend, Peter DePaul, a well-connected developer, let Dougherty stay at DePaul's $3,000-a-month waterfront apartment free while Dougherty's home was undergoing a $400,000 renovation. Federal prosecutors are looking at these relationships as part of a broader probe of the union boss. He has not been charged and denies any wrongdoing.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
January 2006: Federal agents search the South Philadelphia home of John J. Dougherty's childhood friend, Donald J. "Gus" Dougherty Jr. Donald Dougherty is not related to John Dougherty. February 2006: Federal authorities subpoena records from the Redevelopment Authority. John Dougherty was chairman of the authority. March 2006: Federal authorities subpoena records from the Pennsport Civic Association. John Dougherty was its president. November 2006: Federal agents execute a search warrant at John Dougherty's South Philadelphia home.
NEWS
April 29, 2008 | By CATHERINE LUCEY, luceyc@phillynews.com 215-854-4172
Union leader John Dougherty yesterday resigned as chairman of the powerful city Redevelopment Authority. In a letter to Mayor Nutter, Dougherty, head of the electricians union, said that he had accomplished all of his goals during eight years as unpaid head of the authority, which spends millions of dollars reviving blighted areas. Dougherty's resignation, effective tomorrow, comes a week after he lost a bid for the Democratic nomination to the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Vince Fumo.
NEWS
May 18, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, NQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
John Dougherty worked a BlackBerry and a flip phone, gathering intelligence and transmitting orders Tuesday morning as reinforcements filtered into the Edward O'Malley Recreation Center in South Philadelphia. They would be the second wave of Local 98's Democratic primary operation. "Yo, you and Nico, are you in the truck?" Dougherty said. "How far are you? OK. Come back to EOM and grab some of these shirts and hats. " Soon, piles of red shirts and mesh trucker hats advertising First District Council candidate Mark Squilla - and green ones touting at-large Councilman Bill Green - were speeding toward 10th and Dickinson Streets.
NEWS
June 27, 2007 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia electrical contractor was charged yesterday with stealing $869,000 from a union benefits plan, bribing a bank executive, and "making illegal payments" to labor leader John J. Dougherty. These "illegal payments," authorities said, included the sale of a house to John Dougherty for $24,000 below market value and $115,000 worth of electrical work on the labor leader's Philadelphia home. Dougherty was not charged with a crime, but U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan said that the case remains open and that the related transactions "are still of great interest to investigators.
NEWS
January 19, 2000 | By Michael Sandler, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
From the cabin of his weather-beaten Ford truck, John Dougherty shows off the roads in Elk Township. These roads belong to Dougherty. For nearly a half-century, he has watched them evolve from dirt to blacktop. He has trudged along them on foot, trimming branches, patching holes and picking up debris. When winter brought snow, Dougherty steered the plow. "One of the worst years, I plowed snow 23 times in the month of January," said Dougherty, who will turn 82 next month. "It was no big storm, but it seemed like every night I'd get up. " But the next time snow falls on Elk Township, Dougherty will have the option of sleeping in. Last month, he stepped down from the township's Board of Supervisors after choosing not to run for reelection.
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August 11, 2016 | By Solomon Jones
THE INHERENT conflicts of interest between Philadelphia's union bosses and political figures were brought sharply into focus by last week's FBI raids on Electricians Union leader John Dougherty and City Council Majority Leader Bobby Henon. To be clear, neither man has been charged with a crime, and we don't yet know what the FBI was seeking, though multiple published reports say the raids focused on the union's finances. In my view, the raids reiterated that the connection between Dougherty and Henon, who serves as City Council's majority leader while simultaneously working in a paid position for the Electricians Union, is improper on its face.
NEWS
August 11, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
John Dougherty did exactly what you'd expect John Dougherty to do Friday as federal investigators hauled box after box of evidence from his Moyamensing Avenue home: The powerful union leader and political kingmaker played it cool. Sure, he paced. But he also offered swarms of reporters wilting in the summer sun iced tea and doughnuts, and cocksure confidence. "I've had many, many subpoenas and many, many visits. I'm not making rookie mistakes. I've been doing this for 25 years," he said in his Cagneyesque rat-a-tat, while G-men carted away their boxes and a computer.
NEWS
August 9, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
Sitting in his office one afternoon last week, Mayor Kenney said all of the praise he had received for a successful first seven months on the job was making him a bit uneasy. "Being Irish, I don't like that," Kenney quipped. "Because then that means something bad is going to happen. " Two days later, the FBI was swarming the home and office of one of Kenney's closest political allies, electrical union leader John Dougherty, in an investigation a source said touches on the union's financial support of Kenney's mayoral campaign.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
With the Democratic National Convention less than three weeks away, both the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the stagehands' union are investigating an alleged overbilling scheme by some of the union's top officers. Michael Barnes, who leads Local 8 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), has ousted Anthony Tortorice Sr., vice president of Local 8, and his son, Jonathan Tortorice, the secretary-treasurer, a union source said. Both men have responsibilities for dispatching union members to assignments at the Convention Center.
NEWS
July 1, 2016
FRANK KEEL, gravelly voiced PR mercenary and master of the all-caps subject line, has spent more than a dozen years dishing out bombastic and blustering political perspectives, usually on behalf of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Now his service to Philadelphia's powerful Electricians union comes to an end. Keel tells Clout he met with Local 98 leader John Dougherty last week and was told his contract was ending as part of "significant organizational changes.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Philadelphia's building trades unions have signed an agreement promising not to strike or conduct work stoppages during July's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The agreement, convention officials say, covers the Wells Fargo Center, where the main events of the convention will be held. "Several hundred of our highly trained tradesmen and tradeswomen will be working seamlessly and around the clock to put together this amazing show in just seven weeks," union leader John Dougherty said in a statement.
NEWS
April 29, 2016
PHILADELPHIA'S political terrain can be confusing to outsiders. Sometimes it's confusing to us. And we're in the belly of the beast. Witness this: The Philadelphia Democratic City Committee had endorsed Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. for state attorney general in Tuesday's primary. But a Philly endorsement is different from a regular endorsement. It's malleable. Like a jar of Cheez Whiz left out in the cold. Voters in Fairmount's 15th Ward, for instance, may have headed into the booth thinking that the Democratic City Committee had actually endorsed Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro for attorney general.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
An angry, shouting Daniel Dougherty was escorted from a courtroom Monday moments after being convicted for a second time of setting the fire that killed his two young sons in 1985. "You got it wrong!" Dougherty, 56, yelled at the jury, rising to his feet as the foreman somberly delivered guilty verdicts on arson and murder charges. The judge told Dougherty to sit down and be quiet. Dougherty shot back: Why should I? "You threw the Constitution out the window," he told Common Pleas Court Judge J. Scott O'Keefe.
NEWS
April 2, 2016
With a reported budget of around $10,000 and all the infamy of a single supremely silly YouTube video, Philadelphia union boss John Dougherty's recently revealed drone fleet isn't exactly the Luftwaffe. It is, however, a particularly flighty example of the local labor movement's endless testing of the legal boundaries of intimidation, a favorite tactic that does much to keep the city's reputation and economy close to the ground. Why does a local electricians' union - unlike, say, a number of small nations - require an air force?
NEWS
March 31, 2016
ISSUE | 'JOHNNY DOC' Give this civic leader his due Sunday's Inquirer contained another attack on the character of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 leader John Dougherty (" 'Johnny Doc' gets an air force"). It is time to take notice of the enormous contribution Dougherty and the IBEW have made to the safety and economic health of our region. Unskilled and untrained workers performing unlicensed electrical work present a serious public-safety issue.
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