Union Calls for Boycott of Schlitterbahn

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Union carpenters are calling for metro residents to boycott Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas, claiming that the park violated its development agreement with Wyandotte County and did not hire local workers to build the new water park. Full Story
Mark Milner

Kansas City, MO

#1 Jul 23, 2009
I think it's great if they did violate the agreement.Unions only get their power through thuggery and blackmail.
Jesse knows

Lenexa, KS

#2 Jul 23, 2009
God the unions are such losers. Who freaken cares if locals dont get hired, all they do is bitch and moan because its too hot or they dont feel like working. Nobody gives a damn who built it they just care if the project gets done.

United States

#3 Jul 23, 2009
If that is true, and they are hiring illegals to work for way less, it should not surprise anyone. It is Wyandotte County after all. The same county that let Cabela's use their utility funding to build their building. Over site in this county totally sucks. Why did this info not come out before? I mean, the construction is almost over and now people are getting angry about it. Who is in charge of making sure these contracts are held up? It is time to start holding these people accountable. There are plenty of unemployed people out there that would be happy to have that job, and do the job right.

Darlington, MD

#4 Jul 23, 2009
Tell the unions to get their head out of their a** and this would not happen. They put the auto industry out of business and I am sure Schlitterbahn didn't want to suffer the same fate. Quit whinning and get a real job where you actually work a full day for a full days pay.
Former Ulysess Resident

United States

#5 Jul 28, 2009
Because of what is happening around Village West, Wyandotte County has become the most visited county in the State of Kansas, and is in large part why Smarter Travel named Kansas City one of the top 5 destinations for this year, in the world. The sales tax benefits alone make any benefits received look like pocket change. Not to mention the tax income for the State of Kansas. The Unions need to back off. If they don't want a job, there are plenty of people that need one right now that would be happy to take theirs.
Former Ulysess Resident

United States

#6 Jul 28, 2009
If the locals aren't getting hired, its probably because they aren't applying for it. Schlitter Baun itself is something like 3500 hundred jobs which would cut the unemployment rate in Wyandotte county in half.
Former Ulysess Resident

United States

#7 Jul 28, 2009
No private business is required to hire people who aren't qualified either. The quantity of people that it took to build the place can't possibly all be hired locally any way. It isn't realistic to think they can. Many people aren't going to leave a job they already have under these economic conditions. Especially if they have to commute from Blue Springs or Lee's Summit across the entire metro. There might be some resentment in the Missouri Counties because Kansas acted first to get the Speedway that was originally slated to go in downtown Kansas City, Missouri during the early stages of its proposals. Missouri acted to slowly. Of course, KCMO has been disarray politically for some time now.

Estes Park, CO

#8 Aug 15, 2009
It's really worse than you know. I worked installing the actual rides at Schlitterbahn. Early on I was paid $36.50/ hour. Once the parked opened, they said I would be layed off or I had to take a park maintence job for $12.00/ hour but continue to do construction work on the begining of phase two. I hated to give up any job but this is just a rip-off. I can't even go collect unemployement because Schlitterbahn says I quit. Just want to work, life sucks!!!

Overland Park, KS

#9 Sep 4, 2009
Who the hell cares!?????? Just cause the unions didn't get a multi-billion dollar job, they're pis*ed? Maybe if the employees of the unions weren't so effing demanding and think that they owned the entire city, huge corporations such as schlitterbahn would be willing to give them a chance. The unions give themselves a bad name--they did this to themselves! Pfft, as if I'm not going to enjoy a day at an awesome water park because they asked me not too...

Topeka, KS

#10 Sep 4, 2009
You know, I really wish all us union men and women could find a way to live for just a year or so without working for one reason alone. That reason is to let all you union bashing people find out that you would thank God if you could find a job in your area that payed you 5 cent more than min. wage. If you people have even walked past a tv in the last two years you know that it's corp. gread that has killed jobs not unions. We fight so that we keep good jobs around for you and your future generation.

Lockhart, TX

#11 Sep 23, 2009
$36.50 a hour for labor work! Come on. You should take $12.00 and be happy. If you had a skilled trade, maybe $36.50 hour. Helping put up slides, thats $8.50 a hour all day long in TX. and there happy they have a job. No wonder Cat.plant is moveing to TX.. You fight for gread to.$80,000.00 per year to clean floors at a auto plant.Thanks unions.

Estes Park, CO

#12 Oct 12, 2009
I guess that is why Texas has the highest theft rate in the country. If you only get paid $8.50/hr, you need to steal for the rest of your living. Just go to a road side rest along the interstate and even the trash cans have iron cages built around them. The vending machines have more iron bars than Fort Knox. The homes all have bars on there windows and even the AC units have cages built around them. What state is number one in car theft? Yep, TEXAS!! After all "It's like a whole nother country" Yah MEXICO!! You just keep your $8.50/hr and take Schlitterbahn with you!!

United States

#13 Jan 3, 2010
I have been a KCK resident for 30 yrs now. I have seen the changes and I currently like close to Village West. I welcome the change. I think it is great for Wyandotte County. Finally we are getting vacationers and visitors into our area. With out Village West, and yes Schiltterbahn, what would our county have to offer. The unions, which were a great establishment back in the 20s, onced served a purpose. Now a days, I can not understand a HS graduate that gets paid $35.00 plus dollars an hour to put togther slides. There are college graduates that are not even making that much. The unions are unset because they are not getting a kick back, not because work went elsewhere. If they are all for the betterment of KCK, wouldn't a thriving family attraction be better for this county then another abandoned building. Take down your stupid billboard-your making unions look stupid.

Lockhart, TX

#14 Jan 15, 2010
New Orleans has highest crime rate in country, national study says.Overall, the entire state of California has the highest number of auto thefts in the nation. For a skilled JOB you should make good money. Helping put up slides is a labor job.(HS graduate that gets paid $35.00 plus dollars an hour to put togther slides. There are college graduates that are not even making that much.)THANK YOU! I don't know of many road side rest in the nation that have no bars on there vending machines. You all have them too.

Estes Park, CO

#15 Jan 26, 2010
One of my guys has used my laptop to vent his frustrations (CMcA). I think the problem is the agreement that was made changed along the way. The unions are ticked off as always but alot of non union workers took a hit also.
We need the college grads of the world to make all our lives better, but don't forget you live in a house, work in a building, ride in a car, shop in stores all built by laborers. I now college grads can spend $100 grand getting a degree, I know construction guys who have nearly the same amount in tools. A non college grad has to pay the same amount for food, cloths, cars, rent as grads do. Maybe the wage difference between the two should be a little smaller. Should laborers get paid $35.50/hr, probably not. Is that the deal that Schlitterbahn and KCK made, Yes it was.

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