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IUPAT members not yet hired for U of S construction project

08.28.14

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

IUPAT members not yet hired for U of S construction project

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 1st- The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21 in Drums, which represents unionized painters and drywall workers employed within the construction industry throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, have yet to be hired for the University of Scranton $47 million eight-story rehabiliation building on Jefferson Avenue in Scranton.

The university is building the rehabilitation center across the alley from the Adlin Building where the Scranton YWCA was located.

The university hired nonunion workers for renovations that were done on the upper floors of the Adlin Building, which houses several businesses on the ground floor.

Members of IUPAT Local 218, which is affiliated with District Council 21, protested in May because they were not hired for the renovations of the Adlin Building.

The protest included a ten foot high inflatable rat which is owned by the Scranton Building and Construction Trades Council.

In a newspaper article published in the Scranton Times/Tribune newspaper regarding the protest of the hiring of nonunion construction workers, an unknown source representing the University of Scranton, stated members of IUPAT would be hired for the rehabiliation center construction.

However, when contacted on August 1st, Mr. Gatto stated a signatory contractor of his union has not yet been hired for that project.

Phone calls to the University of Scranton seeking comment about this story were not returned.

Mr. Gatto stated his members will likely return to protest by late August if they are not hired for the project.