Convicted Philadelphia labor leader resigns from his union and council positions.


Convicted Philadelphia labor leader resigns from his union and council positions.

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) —

(AP) — A prominent Philadelphia labor leader who was convicted in a federal public corruption case is stepping down from his positions as president of the city’s electricians’ union and a building trades umbrella council.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Local 98 announced Tuesday that John Dougherty had resigned as its business manager, ending a nearly three-decade tenure.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, he intends to resign as business manager of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council.

“Based on what happened yesterday, I felt it was the right thing to do to protect the union’s integrity,” Dougherty told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dougherty has been a major political force in Pennsylvania, funneling millions of dollars in union campaign contributions to candidates for office, including his brother, who was elected to the state Supreme Court in 2015.

Dougherty, who goes by the moniker “Johnny Doc,” said he informed the IBEW’s executive board of his decision hours after the verdict was handed down.

Dougherty, who has led the building trades council since 2015, said he plans to resign in the coming days, according to the Inquirer.

Dougherty was found guilty of conspiracy and honest services wire fraud, among other charges.

Dougherty allegedly gave Bobby Henon, a union electrician who later became a member of the Philadelphia City Council, a union-paid no-show job to ensure he did the union’s bidding, according to prosecutors.

Dougherty’s attorneys argued that he had no undue influence and that the city allows council members to work outside the city limits.

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