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Scranton senior housing project going nonunion

07.29.13

JUNE 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Scranton senior housing project going nonunion

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, June 4th- Members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union Local 645 protested the future site for a senior housing facility at an former block plant in the lower Greenridge Section of Scranton.

Affordable Senior Housing Opportunties of New York Inc., is constructing a 115,000 square-foot three-story building at the former Daron Northeast plant on Dickson Avenue.

The group received tax breaks from Scranton and the Scranton School Board for the project. The for-profit company requested the tax-breaks in March 2012.

Drew Simpson, Representative of Local 645, Pear Street in Scranton, stated the union conducted several days of protest at the site because the developer hired nonunion out-of-the-state workers instead of his members. The contractor hired for the work that would have been done by Local 645 members is from Illinois.

Jack Greenwood, Business Manager of the United Association of Pipefitters and Plumbers Union Local 524, Corey Avenue in Scranton, stated a signatory contractor of his union was not hired for the project either. “That job will most likely go totally nonunion,” said Mr. Greenwood.

Bob Sheridan, Vice President of the Scranton School Board, and a former member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Union Lodge 2, told the newspaper he is disappointed that local members of the building trade unions are not being hired for the construction project.

Mr. Sheridan made an issue of the hiring of local union construction workers when officials of the project requested the tax abatement from the Scranton School Board last year. “It sounded like they wanted to work things out with the building trades. I guess not,” Mr. Sheridan stated.