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Painters Union unhappy with University of Scranton


JUNE 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Painters Union unhappy with University of Scranton


REGION, May 29th- John Gatto, Assistant Business Manager of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21 in Drums, told the newspaper remarks stated by some unknown source representing the University of Scranton regarding the hiring of nonunion workers at a construction project in the Scranton Times/Tribure newspaper was untrue.

The newspaper published a story about IUPAT members protesting the University of Scranton using nonunion construction workers in a building on Adams Avenue and Linden Street in Downtown Scranton.

The university hired nonunion workers for renovations being done on the upper floors of the Adlin Building, which houses several businesses on the ground floor. Also, the university is constructing a eight-story rehabilitation center building across the alley from the Adlin Building where the Scranton YWCA was located on Jefferson Avenue.

Mr. Gatto stated a signatory contractor of his union also has not yet been hired for that project.

According to the story, which does not identify the source only stating according to the university, unionized painters will be hired during the construction of the $47 million center.

“That’s news to me, and that’s news to my signed contractors. They told me they were not even contacted” said Mr. Gatto.

Mr. Gatto stated he has been in contact with District Council’s 21 signatory contractors and as of press time, June 5th, his members have not been hired.

IUPAT Local 218 members protested for several days because nonunion construction workers were hired instead of them.

The protest included a ten foot high inflatable rat. The rat is owned by the Scranton Building and Construction Trades Council and is maintained by Robert Griffiths, Business Representative of District Council 21.