Carpenters Union Responds to New Times, States Reason for Demonstration

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Demonstrators from the Carpenters Union Local 1506 were protesting Adobe Drywall -- again -- last week in Tempe.

Members of the Carpenters Local 1506 finally let us know why they were demonstrating last week on a prominent Tempe street corner.

A statement signed by Alan Cahill, the union's special representative, and faxed to New Times says that 1506 "is involved in a long standing labor dispute with Adobe Drywall, LLC over its failure to pay all of its workers the carpeners union's area standard wages and benefits."

It goes on to say:

The demonstrators were out-of-work metal stud framers and drywall hangers, friends and family members of those workers and union staff. The sole focus of these demonstrations is to bring public awareness to the fact that Adobe Drywall is undercutting the wages and benefits established by the Carpenters Union.



The statement left us wondering why three union leaders standing near the 50 or so picket-waving demonstrators on March 10 didn't want to talk to the "press," and why they acted downright unfriendly.


. As mentioned, all we'd done to offend them is identify ourselves and ask why they were out there, and the next thing we know, we've got three heavies breathing down our neck, saying they didn't want attention and asking us to leave.


We called Cahill yesterday: "They may have over-reacted," he says of the union dudes' inexplicable response to us on March 10.   

The 1506 has been protesting Adobe Drywall for years, as can be seen from news articles from 2006, 2007 and 2008. One of Adobe Drywall's owners, Ray Lewis, habitually explains to the media that, contrary to the union's claims, his company pays better than union wages and offers better benefits.

As can be seen in one of the East Valley Tribune articles, we aren't the only reporters to be given a brush-off by the union at their protests.

Really, it's no wonder that these guys are cagey. They're experienced at cat-and-mouse games. In a federal court case against Adobe, representatives of the union describe how federal law allows them to protest only at their targets' active job sits, requiring them to follow drywallers around town like amateur undercover cops. If you've got some time to kill, a 2009 transcript from the case makes for interesting reading:

Union 1506 Transcript

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These guys are at Cityscape today. The Union has cameras set up along the sidewalks.They are harassing pedestrians and local businesses. They are using offensive and vulgar language. The "Muscle" is getting extremely aggressive and approaching people in a very threatening manner.


Are there any other Carpenter's Unions that have members in this area?


Let’s see, the Carpenters are the same group that conspired with mobster employers so that the employers could pay drywall workers below Union scale and now they are protesting Adobe for not paying “area standards”?

The Carpenters are the same group that have raided other legitimate Unions and cut sweetheart deals with employers to undercut the wages of drywall finishers who do not belong to the Carpenters. These guys just stink.

Carpenters have routinely pimped out Latino workers to mobsters in New York for more than twenty years now, Carpenters have given all of Labor a black eye. This is the same group that supported and endorsed Governor Walker in Wisconsin, the same group that supported and endorsed Norm Coleman over Al Franken, the same group whose leader flew around in Air Force One with GW Bush, the same group that prohibits their members from electing their representatives, and the same group who has stated they want to destroy the AFL-CIO and form an organization where they and they alone control the decision making process.

The Carpenters are not a legitimate Union but simply a dynasty ran by the McCarron family.


not to my knowledge. If one was started the McCarron crime family would most likely fire bomb it.

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