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Connecticut Construction Workers To Expand Informational Protest Against Turner Construction With Planned Action In Front Of Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT This Tuesday Morning
Over 50 Connecticut construction workers are scheduled to participate in an informational protest in front of Saint Francis Hospital, Woodland Street, Hartford, CT on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Members of the Connecticut Laborers' District Council are expanding their protest of Turner Construction Company's, Milford, CT, hiring and community standards policies. Last week, Connecticut Laborers' District Council leader Charles LeConche requested that state officials begin a thorough investigation into Turner Construction hiring practices as evidence of an unregistered Turner Construction subcontractor surfaced. The subcontractor, BN Construction Group, Milford, PA is presently working masonry and concrete duties at the Brunswick School construction site in Greenwich, CT.
"We presented state officials with information about a Turner Construction subcontractor, Maitz Demolition, which hired undocumented workers and now, we have another Turner Construction subcontractor, BN Construction Group of Milford, PA which is working at a school with children nearby. This company is not registered with the State of Connecticut, is not bonded and does not pay any state taxes. Without a doubt, state officials should immediately begin an investigation into this matter," said Charles LeConche, business manager, Connecticut Laborers' District Council. Turner Construction recently started work on a new addition at Saint Francis Hospital. As described on the hospital's Web site, the first four floors of the new tower are anticipated to open in late 2010, with the rest of the building expected to be completed in early 2011. The cost of the news structure is set at $184 million. TRO/Jung Brannen is the architect for the project.
Workers picket construction site in protest of subcontractor hiring
Construction workers representing the Connecticut Laborers' District Council picketed at the Brunswick Upper School renovation site yesterday morning to protest Turner Construction Co. The informational picketing at the Maher Avenue campus will continue through the week. Council members allege that Turner hired a subcontractor, BN Construction Group of Milford, Pa., that is not registered to work in Connecticut and so does not pay state taxes, an allegation Turner says is not true.
Union workers said that gives BN Construction an unfair labor advantage. BN Construction is performing masonry and concrete work at the school, according to the council. "Hopefully, it'll get corrected. We'll keep doing this as long as we need to," said picketer Peter Perez of the Local 246 in Norwalk, representing about 900 general construction workers.
Lynn Mason, the business manager representing Green-wich employees of the Laborers' International Union of North American Local 136, was one of eight picketers around by late morning at the site, where Brunswick is undergoing a major renovation of its Upper School facility. "I'm here to support our fellow union guys," Mason said. "We all pitch in."
Perez said he expects dozens of council members to picket today, representing one of several protests around the state this week at various Turner construction sites. The council represents seven construction locals for a total of about 7,000 members in the state. Some members protested at Turner's headquarters in Milford last week because of Turner's use of non-union contractors. Turner uses union contractors in other states but only uses union workers in Connecticut if the project labor agreement specifies to, according to the council. The council alleged last year that Turner used a subcontractor that hired undocumented workers.