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Carpenters Protest Showroom Work

Union members object to choice of workers for Mercedes-Benz expansion.

Members of the carpenters' union protested Thursday outside Mercedes-Benz of Huntington.

The union members said the work of expanding the showroom and other parts of the business was being done by non-union workers.

A spokesman for Mercedes-Benz said the crews were hired by a contractor and not the dealership.

Ron August 09, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Poor babies. Maybe if they would work an honest 8 hr day and not try to screw clients by loafing all day just to get OT businesses would pay their $100 an hr rate.
Jim G August 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM
You hit the nail right on the head.
Jim R. August 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Unions are evil and breed complacent work ethics.
jackie gerdes August 10, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Non-union members are your neighbors that have families to feed as well anyone else. Why do the unions think only they should be hired? I don't get it.
escape August 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM
The day of the union is behind us. They should go the way of the buggy-whip. Unions serve absolutely no purpose in this economy, and in my humble view hurt the economy by inflating costs and reducing productivity. They're nothing but organized welfare supported by strong arm tactics if you don't go along. Guys, c'mom, Just accept the reality and move on....everyone else in the private sector and in non-union jobs have!
Jim G August 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Tell this to Obama who wants the unionize the entire country.
escape August 10, 2012 at 04:32 PM
@Jim G - yep,just like he did for the US auto industry...take the company over, tell the investors to pound sand, fire all the non-union workers and franchise holders, and give the company to the unions. And how's GM doing?? We all see how great that worked out... And best of all he said yesterday that he wants to do that for all industry, given how succesful his takeover of the auto industry was! You can't make this stuff up!
JIM August 10, 2012 at 05:21 PM
WOW, such bitterness!!! Who fought the 6 and 7 day 12 hour work week at the turn of the century ( the 20th). Who fought the child labor laws that eventually kept the kids out of the mines and sweat shops. Who fought for safety requirements in the factories that our grandparents worked in. Who fought for the safety equipment the road crews, fire fighters and police officers need to do their jobs safely in our life time. Certainly not government, and certainly not corporate management in the private sector! Take a look at Wisconsin, minnesota and other states that deny union rights. Family's lose health care, Salaries, and the security of a job. Perhaps the best protection unions have provided for all workers, unionized or not, is the concept of collective bargaining, simply the right to discuss wwith management issues of employment, which go far beyond salaries. Today contractors are bringing in workers from out of state ( demo at kings park for example) keeping your friends, family and neighbors out of work. The only ones bringing this issue to the forefront.........I've worked with a lot of hard working people, many union, some not, I've also worked with some pretty lazy people.....with and without a union card in their pocket......!
escape August 10, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Jim, unions are way past their shelf life. They have served their purpose. Yes, they did contribute -- significantly I might add -- in their day. Yes, they did good for many. But their time is up, Jim, and it is time to move on! Ever think why contractors are bringing in workers from out of state? Answer: Because they want to get the job done without all the whining and moaning and threats to work stoppage, and without the additional cost of out of touch medical and pension benefits and paying for the union president's car and expenses. Jim, union selfishness is what keeps your friends, family and neighbors out of work! The "I paid in so now I'm owed something in return" mindset. Don't you see that??
Jim R. August 10, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I work with people who used to be in a union... and they are the laziest, most unproductive, worthless crybabies I've ever dealt with. They won't work 1 second of OT or do anything outside of their narrow job scope.
JAB August 10, 2012 at 06:28 PM
First it's the UNIONS,then it's the office workers then it's --------- YOU !! How would you like to wake up everyday ( not moring ) not knowing when work starts or ends or when the week end starts ( it dosen,t ). And you might get paid in full or wait till next week. forget about your S.S. OR TAXES being paid. JIM
Bill L. August 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The most important tool in a union carpenter's truck is his lawn chair. He parks his keister in it all day so he can then claim he needs OT to finish the job. Bravo Mercedes-Benz of Huntington.
JAB August 10, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Some of the men on those picket lines are retired union members giving back time to their union.their as old as your father or grandfather, do they deserve a lawn chair.
Bill L. August 10, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I'm not talking about the "retired" union lackeys. I am talking about active union carpenters. I see them daily in action. They have zero shame.
Jim G August 10, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Jim, you are either very naive or just another lazy union slug. Work hard, think hard and you will earn a living. Unions were at one time a necessity but now they are destroying this country. Why are all the jobs being exported to other countries? It's because unions have forced employers to seek a better alternative.
Jim G August 10, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Check out what unions have done to the NYC transit system. It's a disaster.
JAB August 10, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I though the conversation was about construction in Huntingtion,not in other countries. In Huntingtion illegals are doing the jobs for cash & not paying Taxes.
Ranger Sewer August 10, 2012 at 09:52 PM
So howcome the Unions do not go after the Illegals for the same job then? I could never understand this. anybody know why?

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