Local carpenters protest labor practices | SierraSun.com

Local carpenters protest labor practices

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun Paul Monroe, Va Burton and Waylon Tonne cheer as a truck honks for them as they hold a sign reading Shame on East West Partners on the corner of Spring Street and Donner Pass Road in downtown Truckee last month.

Members of the Kings Beach-based Carpenters Union 2035 have been picketing local East West Partners sites, citing unfair labor practices.Union members have protested at a variety of locations, specifically decrying pay rates and benefits from Midwest Drywall Co., a contractor hired by East West Partners involved in work at the Village at Northstar. They say Midwest Drywall is non-union and has failed to meet local carpenter union wage standards.Exact figures for union-established pay were not available and union organizers did not return calls by press time.Joe Malone, project manager for the Village at Northstar for East West Partners, said the village is an open shop job with both union and non-union workers.All East West jobs are open jobs depending on appropriate labor, we use up to 90 percent union labor, he said.East West has been using Midwest Drywall from early development of the village, Malone said.This has just started in the last couple of weeks, we arent sure what their complaint is because they havent contacted us, Malone said.The action of the union is not a strike and is not intended to stop work or deliveries, according to a Carpenters Local 2035 flyer.Becky Underwood, an employee of nearby Bryants Rare Books & Documents, said the protest had not affected business, and had been generally quiet. Greyson Howard, Sierra Sun

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