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Picketers Create Distraction

Construction Continues At Christ Church

On the beautifully clear morning of April 25 members of the North East Regional Council of Carpenters marched in step along Northern Boulevard and chanted in unison, “Same work! Same pay!”

The Rev. David Lowery, pastor of Christ Church, said the men strike twice a week for about an hour, from about 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and they have not disturbed the ongoing construction. Lowery added they have a right to picket, but not to block the driveway, and they don’t.

According to Anthony Macargone, North East Regional Council of Carpenters, the area standard pay is around $70 per hour. Condo Brothers, a subcontractor, he said, pays, conservatively, about one-third that amount or about $25-$30 per hour. The expectation of the strikers, Macargone said, is that eventually workers will be hired by companies that pay the area standard.

The strikers carry placards that read, “Condo Brothers does not pay area standard wages and benefits on all projects.” They are not protesting Jobco, Inc., the contractor, but one of the subcontractors. A Citibank will be built on the site and Jobco, Inc. will also refurbish parts of the gothic building.

Jobco could not be reached for comment by press time.