Bruce Dunphy is a leading member of the Illinois Machinists Union.
Dunphy and U.S. congressman Roger McCourt were in a dispute with another union about an airline contract - McCourt decided to join the opposing side to settle the dispute. Dunphy was angered by McCourt's sudden betrayal.
Dunphy later confronts McCourt at Washington D.C. - McCourt tells him to still sign the contract since there is a new one coming in next year - Dunphy is surprised by this and instantly calms down. He walks with McCourt and his bodyguards, and McCourt hands Dunphy a ticket to an opera at Kennedy Center simply to get rid of it. Dunphy thanks him and leaves.