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A protest, of sorts

Submitted by on 1, October 15, 2008 – 2:00 pmNo Comment

Did anyone catch the picketers across the way from FutureKohl’s at Alameda Towne Centre? A tipster kindly gave us the head’s up and we went out there. Here’s the details:

Apparently, the folks in the local lathers union are a wee bit miffed about the business practices of a contractor working the Kohl’s job. They say Elk Grove-based 3D Construction isn’t paying the wages and economic benefits that have been established for union contractors here in Alameda.

So what do they want? “We’re just here to alert the community,” said one of the marchers from the Lathers Union Local 68, who declined to offer his name. And they said they’ll be out there as long as it takes to get the message out (presumably, marching around the giant, inflatable rat in the picture to the left).

We had a rather colorful chat with 3D owner Patrick Donahue, who said none of the workers on the Kohl’s job are union workers. And he said he thinks the union needs to chat with the folks from Kohl’s instead of picketing his job site.

“If Kohl’s wants to pay another $135,000 to do the job, it’s up to them,” Donahue said. “Even the general contractor (on the job) is non-union. I don’t know why they’re busting my chops.”

A call to Kohl’s headquarters in Menomonee Falls, Wis. was not returned.

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