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Owner of Kildare’s Restaurant hires nonunion workers

03.18.09

March 2009 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Owner of Kildare’s Restaurant hires nonunion workers

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

SCRANTON, February 17th- The United Brotherhood of Carpeneters and Joiners of America Union Local 645, Pear Street in Scranton, protested the hiring of a nonunion contractor for not paying their workers the area standard which includes a fair living wage, and either providing or making payments for health care and pension benefits.

Members of Local 645, held a information picket in front of the construction site of Kildare’s Pub on Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Scranton on February 17th protesting the hiring of Jack Locker Construction Company of Madison Township. Kildare’s owner David Magrogran, a Philadelphia area Chiropractor, is moving the restaurant from the Shoppes at Montage in Moosic to property owned by businessman Jerry Joyce on Lackawanna Avenue.

According to Drew Simpson, Northeast Coordinator of the Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters, which Local 645 is affiliated, the union attempted to have a meeting with Mr. Magrogan to discuss his members being hired for the project but he would not respond to several letters sent to him.

Mr. Simpson stated the first letter to Mr. Magrogan was sent to him on December 30th, 2008 at his Chiropractic office in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania.

The correspondence stated Local 645 members are the best educated work force in the area, constantly conducting upgrade training so the members are up to date with the lastest technology in the industry.

“I would be very interested in meeting with you to discuss our signatory contractors that with the use of our members will complete your project on time and on budget,” Mr. Simpson wrote in the December 30th, letter. “We have a state registered Apprenticeship Program that encompasses four years of training while the apprentices are in the field working and learning,” the letter continues.
Local 645 represents Carpenters Union members throughout eighteen counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania including Luzerne and Lackawanna. The union has 1,100 active members.

Carpenters and Joiners Union jurisdiction includes concrete foundations, metal studs, drywall acoustical ceilings, doors, hardware, flooring and finish trim work and millwork, among other work states Mr. Simpson.

In the January 29th, 2009 letter to Mr. Magrogan, Mr. Simpson stated his union was aware John Locker Construction was contracted to build the restaurant and Local 645 has a labor dispute with the company because the employer does not pay prevailing wages to all of their employees.

Mr. Simpson told the newspaper he was concerned projects planned by Mr. Joyce in Scranton could also be constructed by nonunion workers rather by members of his union.

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