Friday, August 13, 2010
Union Pickets Contractor In Huntley
Vern Bauman, spokesman for Laborers International of North America Local 1035, Marengo, said the picketers were out to show that contractor Big Time Construction didn't have a union contract. Big Time Construction didn't respond to a request for comment.
Huntley Village Manager Dave Johnson said the picketers didn't really have anything to do with Village. "We're required by law to pay Prevailing Wage" on public works contracts, he said.
That's a rate that supposed to be more or less equivalent to union wages that's handed down from the Illinois Department of Labor. The Prevailing Wage this month for McHenry County for laborers is a base wage of $35.20 per hour.
The August prevailing wage rate for 62 other job classifications in McHenry County is here: http://www.state.il.us/agency/idol/rates/EVENMO/MCHENRY9.htm
In the pic: A picketer who asked not to be identified fearing reprisal said the Laborers sometimes also trot out an inflatable Fat Cat crushing the Proletariat. Or something like that.