Sunday, March 24, 2013

Unions, Dems speak out against hotel project

Some local union workers said they are upset with the way work is being done on a hotel project at the Springfield Country Club.

Specifically, the union workers say they were under the impression they would have an opportunity to work on the project, but were not offered jobs.

The hotel, a Marriott Courtyard, will be privately owned and operated by Blue Hen Development LP under the leadership of Pat Burns, who manages the country club’s banquet and restaurant facility. The country club site is owned by the township.

Plumbers Local 690 Business Manager John Kane, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 654 Vice President Bill Adams, and Steamfitters Local 420 Assistant Business Manager Steve Jackson all discussed why their union members felt shortchanged by the project during recent interviews.

The Delaware County Democratic Party has decided to take its annual spring dinner to a different venue to show they stand by local union workers, according to party officials. The dinner will take place on April 12 at the Drexelbrook, located in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby.

The Delaware County Republican Party conducted a meeting at the country club to endorse candidates in the 2013 election cycle a few weeks ago.

“I salute the Delaware County Democratic Party,” said Kane. “It shows they stand with labor.”

“I’m proud of what our party is doing here to show the county what we stand for,” said Upper Darby Democratic Party Chairman Ed Bradley. “That we stand with working men and women in support of their efforts to earn a decent wage and a decent living and decent benefits for themselves and their families.”

When asked to comment on local Democratic officials’ comments about how the Democrats are moving their event to show support for local unions, Springfield Republican Party Chairman Michael Puppio demurred.

“We stand by the union workers that are on the job there,” he said. “I think that’s ridiculous.”

Check out the full article here.

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What do you think about this issue? Do you agree with the Democratic Party's decision to move its dinner to a different venue? Or is it a bunch of malarkey?

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