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Painters planning picket if not hired for U of S project

09.22.14

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

Painters planning picket if not hired for U of S project

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, September 2nd- It is getting more likely each day that members of 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, will be picketing along side a ten foot high inflatable rat in front of the new building being built by the University of Scranton. As of press-time, September 6th, IUPAT members have not yet been hired for the University of Scranton $47 million eight-story rehabiliation building on Jefferson Avenue in Scranton.

The union picketed the Adlin Building renovation construction that is located across the alley from the new building. The rehabilitation center under construction is where the former Scranton YWCA was located.

The university hired some 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.

John Gatto, Assistant Business Manager of District Council 21, told the newspaper that a IUPAT signatory contractor has not yet been hired for the painting within the rehabiliation center and if they are not hired for the project, the University of Scranton can count on his members picketing the project along-side the inflatable rate.

“There is still time. We would not be inside the building for several more months,” stated Mr. Gatto.