Hello, my name is Al Martino I am a representative of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #1 Pa.- De. Whether you are pro union or not everyone should be concerned with what’s happening across the Delaware Valley. The blueprint for attacking local workers is being drawn up at Christiana Mall with their contracting policies. Hiring out of area construction contractors to renovate their mall has devastated local construction workers and their families. It is well within their rights to get the best prices but when the prices come from places like Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Georgia as well as a host of other areas, there is a need for concern. Tax dollars, the commitment to the community that will shop at their stores and just plan common decency is something that GGP and Christiana Mall does not seem to care about. I am talking about a constant battle with mall management to step up to the plate and do what’s right for area families and their shoppers. GGP is going in the tank and they want local construction workers to step aside so they can fatten their pockets before the bottom falls out. This is not happening at just Christiana mall but across Delaware and Pennsylvania, I see it everyday. When will the politicians speak up for labor and put and end to these contracting policies wherever they take place. Area jobs for area workers for area growth. Here is a link to our Black Friday Action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f41nJwXJnxI Thank you, Al Martino B.A.C. Local #1 Pa.-De.
I received this email from one of our readers. A local union is concerned about an out of state contractor using cut rate labor at a local mall. I think it illustrates the pressure that business is under to cut costs and the pressure that will put on our families. It is a vicious cycle with no winners. I am not taking sides on this one.