Apparently, the folks over at the Laborers' International Union's national headquarters in Washington, D.C. want their building's upcoming renovation to be a high-quality job, so naturally they aren't hiring a unionized contractor to do the renovation of their $28 million office building - which includes adding another floor to the structure so that their staff can have a better view:
The construction company will provide a full renovation to the existing building and will also add a 9th floor to the building, which will give LiUNA office workers a better view of the White House two blocks away.
The union did not respond to request for comment, but has long lambasted businesses for employing non-union construction workers. The Laborers have a long history of using disruptive protest tactics to force builders and their customers to use union labor. Its website says that non-union workers are paid less than the average member salary. LiUNA President Terry O’Sullivan has also argued that non-union construction companies put their employees and customers at risk.
Here in Portland, LiUNA "represents" public employees in a number of City bureaus, the Port of Portland, and Metro (Oregon Zoo animal care staff, maintenance, and horticulture department staff are all required to be members). LIU483 representatives have historically been active in supporting illegal aliens - which they justify as a perfect "organizing" opportunity - to the detriment of citizens and legal immigrants.
But when it comes time to hire a contractor to renovate their national headquarters offices, they aren't about to go with their union "brothers and sisters". How interesting.