A lawsuit filed Friday accuses Indiana-based union officials of allegedly storming a church-owned construction site to brutally assault non-union construction workers.
Iron Workers Local 395 officials were adamantly opposed to Dyer Baptist Church using non-union construction workers. Local 395 Business Agent Thomas Williamson Sr. demanded the project be turned over to his union, but the onsite workers and the church pastor refused. D5 Iron Works President Richard Lindner allegedly told Williamson on numerous occasions that he was trespassing and he should leave. After several failed attempts, the lawsuit alleges, Williamson arrived with some associates Jan. 7 and physically attacked the non-union workers.
“Men associated with Local 395 appeared at the job site,” the lawsuit, which was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation, stated. “After exiting their respective vehicles, the Local 395 Assault Team rushed the job site.”
Lindner and his colleague Scott Kudingo were among those assaulted. Williamson’s adult son and ten other colleagues joined him during the alleged incident. Kudingo suffered numerous injuries. His face was fractured and had to have his jaw wired shut. The attackers, according to the lawsuit, shouted that the assault was in relation for the union not getting the project.