Local 1456 Protests Non-Union Labor At YMCA Site
More than 15 members from Dock Builders Local Union 1456 protested outside the YMCA site at Beach 73 Street over the use of non-union labor. The men, who protested all week, represent the union workers who would have been responsible for driving the piles and laying the foundation for the YMCA if union labor had been used. Local 1456 consists of dockbuilders, pier carpenters, shorers, house movers, pile drivers, divers, tenders and foundation and marine constructors.
The members protesting insist that the work area is a major safety issue when non-union labor is used. "We are schooled and provide a higher level of safety," Rockaway Park union member, Mike Medican said. "They are using non-union labor to save money, but someone could get killed out here."
The YMCA is in the early stages of construction where the piles are currently being driven into the ground to provide a foundation for construction to re-commence sometime in March 2010 after the winter season ends.