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Not all building trade workers excluded in building project


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

Not all building trade workers excluded in building project


REGION, December 4th- While it appears painters that are members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21 in Drums, which represents painters, glazing/glass workers, and drywall finishers of the building trades industry, will not be hired for the new University of Scranton building under construction on Jefferson Avenue in Scranton, some of the labor organizations that represent construction workers are working or will be working in the new building construction.

John Gatto, Assistant Business Manager of District Council 21, previously told the newspaper that a IUPAT signatory contractor was not hired for the painting contracting for the new University of Scranton $47 million eight-story rehabiliation building on Jefferson Avenue. The rehabilitation center under construction is where the former Scranton YWCA building was located.

Affiliated members of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 489 erected the steel for the building. Other union building tradespeople have also worked at the construction site.

Ray Sajone, Business Manager of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 524, Corey Avenue in the Minooka section of Scranton, stated signatory contractors of Local 524 were hired for all aspects of the construction work his members perform, which includes plumbing and piping installation.

Mr. Gatto told the newspaper a ten-foot high inflatable rat will be used when his members protest next year for not being hired for the project.