Union Members Picket Siena Center Construction Project

While the first phase of a senior living center complex has kicked off, several members of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters union are taking issue with one of the builders working on the project.

The first phase of a senior living center complex has begun at the Siena Center located at 5635 Erie Street, but not without controversy as union picketers are taking issue with Bob Anderson Builders, a contractor on the site.

A handful of picketers representing the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Local 161 have been picketing in front of the entrance at least since Friday, but it is not clear what specific things have the union upset. The union represents 47,000 people in the construction and maintenance industry from northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and parts of Iowa.

The project is a joint venture between the Racine Dominican Sisters and Lincoln Lutheran of Racine.

Daniel Risch, CEO of Lincoln Lutheran of Racine, said he met with all parties involved in the construction project and felt there were “ample opportunities made to good companies” willing to bid on the work.

“At this time, we have no further comment on the matter,” Risch said.

Andrew Greco, who works for Berghammer Construction, called the Caledonia Police Department on Friday to file a complaint that five picketers had blocked the entrance where concrete trucks were trying to get into the job site. No arrests were made, but the picketers were told they could not stand near the entrance of the building site.

However, the picketers held signs indicating that they were picketing against the Bob Anderson Construction Company. The phone number listed for the company has been disconnected.

Calls made to Greco, the Siena Center and a representative of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, but have not been returned.

Construction has begun on the first phase of the three-phase project at the Siena Center, which includes a $12 million building with 90,000 square feet of space, in December. Developers hope to finish the first phase of the project in 2013.

We’ll update the story when we get more information.

Voice of reason January 09, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Christine is absolutely right, Brian is clueless. It is the unions that set the precedence of the forty hour work week, even though Henry ford may have signed it into law. The also set the pace of the non union pay scale. Union gets an increase, so does the non union. Brian, and all of his extreme far right wing buddies are talking out of their rear ends. Do you honestly think they don't know what they are picketing for? Brian, since you are calling them dumb mules, why don't you tell everyone what the reason is for their cause, and don't guess and shoot from the hip again. Maybe they haven't told you because they too have laws to abide by. I have actually stopped and talk to them. They are an extremely nice and respectable group of people. As for the nuns, they wave to the guys as they come and go. I have seen this myself. Don't generalize all unions together. Don't judge something or some one you don't know jack about. My hat is off to these guys, at least they have the balls to stand up for what they believe in. Keep it up guys and don't pay any attention to these ridiculously extreme right wing comments!
Brian Dey January 09, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Voice of reason- For the record, I never called them "dumb mules." Secondly, Henry Ford was not a politician. With no union involved, as owner and founder, he came up with the current 40 hour work week and the two day weekend as a way for better production by well-rested employees. Let's be logical on why they are there. If I'm wrong, there is no law for them to explain themselves, unless of course, they are breaking one (which I never claimed). You tell me not to generalize all unions or judge something or someone you don't know jack about, yet you do the same. This isn't my buddies opinion; it is mine. And yes, I have some knowledge of unions as I was a union leader in the mid 80's for six years. My father was a national secretary for one of the largest trade unions in his day. I also have been on the other side of the table, involved in negotiations with six large unions, for two contracts each, as well as a company-union liason for six years. These are not talking points from the extreme left, so who is clueless now?
GearHead January 11, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Brian, I'm glad you negotiated for RUSD and didn't completely roll over to the unions, given the constraints placed upon you, which were many!
Edward Willing March 28, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Christine, calling Brian an idiot only makes the name-calling boomerang on you. Very silly debate tactic. BTW, Brian is a business owner, and pays himself. "your boss pays you too much!!"?? Wht does that even mean? :) Third, how is Brian's expression of an opinion "being a bully and telling them what to do?" LOL! Sounds like you're trying to be one, quite frankly. Relaaaaaaax.
Edward Willing March 28, 2013 at 03:31 AM
I did ask two nuns and they wouldn't speak about it. Now you're just making stuff up. ;)


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