Left: Members of carpenters' union picket; photo by historymike
(Toledo, OH) A restaurant under construction on Monroe Street was the site of protest today, as members of the Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters gathered to protest the use of non-union workers at the future Famous Dave's Barbecue.
"We are picketing because this contractor is not paying prevailing wages," said union member Terry Bishop. "We think people should know that Famous Dave's is just famous for not using contractors who pay area standard wages and benefits."
Construction manager Roger Phillips, speaking for the owners, disagreed with the assessment of the Minnetonka, MN chain.
"We are using a non-union carpenter contractor, but every other trade is represented by union workers," he said. "There were five union carpenter contractors who bid, and all of them were above the contractor we chose."
Phillips disagreed with the characterization of Famous Dave's portrayed by the protesters.
"We are not anti-union in any sense of the word," he said.