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Ironworkers Union May Return to Protest High School Addition Work

More than 20 people with signs were outside Chatham High School Monday.

Chatham High School addition. Credit: District presentation
Chatham High School addition. Credit: District presentation
More than 20 people held signs outside Chatham High School Monday morning saying "Rostov does not have a contract with Ironworkers Local 11."

The ironworkers union was protesting because Rostov, a subcontractor doing metal work Monday for the high school addition project, does not use union workers, school district business administrator Peter Daquila said.

The union did not return to protest Tuesday. Daquila said it's possible they would return when more metal work is done at later stages in the project. There were no disruptions caused by the protest.

Contractors for the district are required to pay their workers the "prevailing wage" and the union would be able to review pay records, Daquila said.

The School District of the Chathams in August awarded a $3,495,000 contract to New Bruswick-based Tekton Development Corp to add seven classrooms at Chatham High School. Rostov is a Tekton subcontractor.

Messages were left with Ironworkers Local 11.
Sir December 04, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Have them arersted if they are on school property. Unions have turned into fat cats and are one of the reasons our economy has struggled over the past 10 years. They served a purpose at one time, now it is time to move on fellas.
Julles51 December 04, 2013 at 07:33 AM
Who do they think they are? Unions are nothing but bullies...use us or else? I would NEVER hire union workers...their days are numbered. Love how they rape their members for "dues" and then give them to the liberal causes (among other things)
John M. December 04, 2013 at 11:14 AM
If these protesters had no legitimate business on school property, they should be told by school administrators to leave. If they do not, call the CTPD. That's one of the reasons we pay such high taxes.
Kickthemtothecurb December 04, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I think that unions need a mirror as sometimes they are their own worst enemy. Do they not realize that nobody cares they are protesting ? The perception of most unions is no longer a sense of American Pride because the Unions come across as greedy and arrogant as if wages are an entitlement. While I do support the concept of Unions knowing that Corporate America takes every possible option they can to put shareholders first at the expense of hard working people. There has to be a balance. America will fail if society cannot afford to buy products. In that scenario, the shareholders and the people lose. If Corporate America could find a way to balance the interests of both sides, the Economy can get better. What good is a society if the top 2% get richer and the other 98% get poorer ? However, I am not a fan of blaming the rich for their wealth. They made it, and invest their money at risk of losing it. They deserve a return when they take thst kind of risk. All I am saying is that our future depends on a balqnce so that America wins. It is part of being a true Patriot when you appreciate the perspective of "One for all and all for one." I do hsve to checkle at one thing that John said that the Police (PBA Union) should respond to take care of the Union problem. Of course they woulddo their job and keep the peace 100%. But it does kind if seem like an oxy moron.
Kickthemtothecurb December 04, 2013 at 07:10 PM
This is why minimum wage is such a hot topic.
John M. December 04, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Good points Kick. I did not think about the union affecting police duties, but you may be right. With respect to minimum wage, my brain knows that a minimum wage only hurts the employee but from my heart, I think its criminal that these corporations that pay out huge bonuses to senior management do not pay a decent wage to the hourly employees.
jingle jones December 05, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Chill, people. Stop jumping to the worst possible conclusions. The protestors were not on school property and as the article states, there were no disruptions. Geez.
jingle jones December 05, 2013 at 06:43 AM
And since they were doing nothing illegal, it would be criminal to harass them.
Susan December 05, 2013 at 08:59 AM
I'm surprised by people having aggressive reactions to unions and then saying something about not being able to afford products if unions make them more expensive. While it's true that some unions and their leaders have stepped out of of bounds and need to be reformed, it's unions that protected everyone's wages in the past. Since unions have lost power, most people's wages have been stagnant for 30 years, even as our productivity has boomed. It's unions that put the pressure on owners and shareholders to share the benefits of productivity with everyone who earned it. Now that unions don't have much power, as we've seen, the profits go to the top. It seems to me that ragging on unions is exactly what those who kept the money want everyone else to do. Every iron either who is paid well for his/her work puts that money back into the economy, which employs the rest of us. Maybe the problem isn't unions making things more expensive, but a "union"of owners and shareholders who don't pay enough.
talk07928 December 05, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Susan, The simple fact is that if the job was done using Union workers it would not questions cost significantly more. And that comes out of our taxpayers pockets. If the Unions want the work then they should be price competitive. This is not Union vs. non-Union work. It is simply having the work done at the best price.
Susan December 05, 2013 at 07:49 PM
I want so much commenting on that issue, but cheapest isn't always best. We have been put in the position of competing globally with people who live in dormitories and have no protections. They can do it all cheaper. Should we celebrate that? We need to be wiser than that. We should wish that they had unions!
jingle jones December 07, 2013 at 01:46 PM
In this country people have the protection of the law. Unions here are no longer necessary. Other countries may need unions until they, too, can progress past the need. Cheaper is not always better is irrelevant to this discussion because that's about quality. And unions do not guarantee quality, that's for sure.
jingle jones December 07, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Oh, and my never-union wages stagnated too. Blaming the bank failures on the loss of union power, are you?

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