Archive for Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Labor dispute at center of protest outside grocery store

August 20, 2008


A labor union's long-running dispute against a contractor has led to a protest outside a Lawrence grocery store.

The Carpenters Union is protesting the hiring of Drywall Systems Inc. for work being done at Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St. The dispute has been going on for more than a year, said David Wilson, assistant director of organizing for the Carpenters District Council of Kansas City.

Drywall Systems doesn't provide an area standard wage or pay benefits for all workers and their families, Wilson said. An area standards package is based on collective bargaining with area contractors, he said.

A few protesters are sometimes seen next to the street curb in front of the store with a banner proclaiming "Shame on Dillons." The protest will continue for the foreseeable future, Wilson said.

No one was available Wednesday to comment about the matter at the Dillon Stores corporate headquarters in Hutchinson.


Jonathan Kealing 9 years, 5 months ago

Hey thebc-Dillons is based in Hutchinson. They have staff and executives and PR people there. Yes, Dillons is owned by Kroger of Cincinnati, but there's still a big operation in Hutch.Jonathan KealingOnline editor

bearded_gnome 9 years, 5 months ago

Besides, if the Mexicans want to work for little to no money, let 'em.indeed, this is another sign of the illegal immigration real cost to american workers and our economy. those same underpaid workers then go and clog e.r.s, their children overtax the schools, and they are overrepresented in jails and prisons. so, what's a carpenters union to do? they should thank the liberal leaders of the demorat party, who are all in favor of open borders, and pander to minorities. who does illegal immigration hurt the most: legal immigrants; and low SES blacks. yes I know GWB proposed a shawdy immigration plan, but we rose up and stopped it. if you want to oppose illegal immigration, it is only republicans who are doing that.

Matthew Fowler 9 years, 5 months ago

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creamygnome 9 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, this isn't a union state, move to Missouri and you might have a case.Meanwhile, these people have been there for weeks, at least. Can I protest across the street from them with some sign like "Hey, who cares?"

bonzo 9 years, 5 months ago

Not to long ago, I was coming out of the Community Bldg. when one of our local homeless approached me and asked if I was the man looking to hire pickets for Dillons. I hope that they are paying the bogus protesters union wage.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 5 months ago

FYI: migrant workers are a problem stop using or shopping with those who hire them. Corporate america is paying legislators not to run them off.The migrant problem began when Reagan/Bush decided to push USA job outsourcing up a notch. Migrant workers helped Reagan/Bush reduce american wages,reduce the USA quality of life and bust the unions. If workers want better wages and benefits unions need to come back in a very big way.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 5 months ago

once again Merrill spams the board with useless emptyheaded vapid drivel. okay Merrill, it couldn't have been Reagan's fault! why? I grew up in central california. in my area, in the 70's california was already turning into mexifornia! most of the people in my high school graduating class had no or poor english aptitude! no, their primary language was not Hindi! no, the government's failings about illegal immigration predate reagan, reagan made a big mistake in '86 with the amnesty; we all are flawed and make mistakes. but trouble worsened under clintonia with severe underfunding of border patrol, and worsening INS (now ICE) functioning. legal immigrants' wait times grew and grew under clintonia. it is your demorat party that as a whole resists closing the border. barry h. obama wants to give drivers licenses to illegals FGS! so, if you really cared about this issue, and the wages you are spouting your spew about, you'd vote against barry h. obama. and, it seems obama's big big expensive nationalized health care would include coverage for illegals. another reason they'll be attracted here!***merrill should never be taken seriously on these boards. he actually praised those blowing up our troops in Iraq, calling them patriots, even though most weren't even from iraq! he strongly supported john edwards, reposting, cut-and-pasting, edwards drivel on these threads.he [merrill] wants us all to live a third-world existence. he wants us to have rolling power outages to force energy conservation. yet, his lawn mowing business uses polluting two-cycle engines.

Michael Throop 9 years, 5 months ago

I look forward to breezing into Dillons and filling my cart to the brim to stick in the eye of a bunch of noisemakers who want to order a business around and tell the owner how to operate.

mysixthsense 9 years, 5 months ago

well, I guess Dillons has to save money somehow,seeing as how their prices make it unaffordable to shop there...What few people there are in the store whenever I go there only buy a few items, and there are usually three or four checkers standing around with no one to check out!

terrapin2 9 years, 5 months ago

DCS,Billions??? Really? KU brings in billions of dollars from sports coverage? Is that each year? Why don't you go read the KU Athletics Corp financial information posted on their website. You will find that for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007 KU Athletics had $64 million in revenue and $50 million on expenses. Millions. Not billions. And KU has billions in the till from alumni??? Are you referring to the KU Endowment Society? As last reported their total assets are just over $1 billion, but I'd hardly qualify that as having "billions in the till". Regardless of the amount, KU Endowment is a private entity that operates independently from the University, and the function of that $1 billion in assets is to ensure that KU continues to grow for many centuries to come! It would be much more foolish just to pay for all that KU needs to have done on campus for the next 10 years!!!Just imagine if ALL of KU's expenses were paid for with a combination of tax-payer money and tuition revenue only??? Now THAT would suck!

Drew_Carey 9 years, 5 months ago

100 pts to evolveAnyone can put on an INS cap a start hanging out in the shadows around there. Should take care of the problem I'm told.

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