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IUPAT members protest not being hired for U of S project

04.17.15

APRIL 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

IUPAT members protest not being hired for U of S project

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, March 31st - As promised, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21 conducted several days of public protest at the site of the new University of Scranton $47 million eight-story rehabiliation building on Jefferson Avenue in downtown Scranton, which included a ten-foot high inflatable rat.

John Gatto, Assistant Business Manager of District Council 21, told the newspaper that a IUPAT signatory contractor was not hired for the painting of the new building which is more than 60 percent finished.

The rehabilitation center under construction is where the former Scranton YWCA building was located.

Members of IUPAT several months ago protested against the hiring of the nonunion painting contractor for the project and gave-out leaflets stating that the school of higher education lied about hiring union painters.

Mr. Gatto stated that University of Scranton officials previously told a reporter of the Scranton Times-Tribune in April 2014 they would hire a signatory contractor of District Council 21. However, Mr. Gatto told the Union News when contacted, that they now claim they never made no such promise.

During the March protest of the IUPAT members, other members of the building and construction trades unions working on the job site would not cross the picket-line, causing the shut-down of the project for several days. The general contractor created two gates into the project, one for unionized workers, and one for nonunion construction workers.