Friday, August 13, 2010

Union Pickets Contractor In Huntley

Informational picketers were at all entrances to Huntley's Northbridge subdivision Thursday where an Addison contractor is doing some sidewalk and driveway apron work for the Village.  The picketer at Northbridge and Algonquin Road was accompanied by a giant inflatable rat.

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:

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.

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