Urine Bottles, Asbestos And A Dead Dog: Philly Union Battle Gets Ugly

Claire Gordon
Post Brothers
Post Brothers

When young brothers Matthew and Michael Pestronk decided to become apartment developers in Philadelphia, they didn't expect to find bottles of urine littering their construction sites, or asbestos planted in the walls, or posters put up there of Mike's dead dog or of his wife with a penis superimposed on her face.

But that's reportedly been happening at their development project, after they decided to use mostly non-union labor. Some say that the city's unions haven't stretched their muscle this much in 25 years.

Thirtyfive-year-old Matthew and 31-year-old Michael have already developed five apartment buildings in the city, with little noise from Philly unions.