Was Philadelphia’s Soda Tax the Result of a Union-Versus-Union Political Fight?


Cheesesteaks, Rocky, The Liberty Bell, hardscrabble urban politics, that’s Philly.

(From Reason)

But now there’s a third possible explanation for the soda tax, and it’s downright crazy: a political hit job executed by one of the city’s most powerful union bosses against a rival union.

That’s the theory starting to emerge in the wake of a federal indictment against John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, the longtime business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 and one of—if not the—most powerful political operators in the city.