Whoever is right in the battle between Philadelphia's building trades and developers Michael and Matthew Pestronk, war is not cheap.
Just a brief recap: The Pestronk brothers are turning the 13-floor former Goldtex factory at 12th and Wood streets, into an 163-unit apartment building, a $38 million project. It is a mostly non-union, at the moment, although the brothers said they offered union contractors a chance to match their best alternative bid. The unions say that the Pestronk brothers are out to destroy prevailing wages.
Michael Pestronk says vandalism and harassment had been escalating at the site. At one point, according to testimony in a court hearing in April, four cement trucks were turned away at $3,000 each. The brothers have also had to pay the city's sheriff's department $2,000 a day to enforce a temporary restraining order the developers received. Plus they've had to increase their security at the job site.