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Labor dispute at center of protest outside grocery store

August 20, 2008

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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.

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bonzo 5 years, 8 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.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 8 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.

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terrapin2 5 years, 8 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!

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spiderman 5 years, 8 months ago

they've been 'Krogerized'.......

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Drew_Carey 5 years, 8 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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DouglasCountySucks 5 years, 8 months ago

PS: Anyone can call INS or ICE and have the work sites secured and check paperwork on ALL workers. Just a tip of a way to keep the workers on the up and up.You would be shocked at the numbers who dont have papers in Larryville.

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DouglasCountySucks 5 years, 8 months ago

HAWK is smart. Taxes going to pay for a university that has billions in the till from past students ( alumni ) A university that brings in billions from sports coverage and promotions. Yea it sucks , we pay for kids to come to our town, get cheap educations and leave to go make Texas and Colorado rich and almost tax free. Very smart plan... Owh and the Head CEO of Dillons lives right here in Larryville.

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not_holroyd 5 years, 8 months ago

Hawk doesn't like the City Commissioners. He doesn't like the County Commissioners. He doesn't like the School Board members. He doesn't like Homeless Shelters. He doesn't like the Chamber. He doesn't like industrial development Districts. He doesn't like downtown sidewalk dining. He doesn't like zoning. He doesn't like roundabouts. He doesn't like the bus system. He doesn't like neighborhoods. He doesn't like the neighborhood system. He really really really doesn't like some lady by the name of Marjene. He doesn't like tax abatements, except when they benefit his area in the 1200 block of Louisiana. He doesn't like friendly dogs. He doesn't like flowers. He doesn't like tax-paid improvements to the University. He doesn't like private gifts to the University. He doesn't like the University. He doesn't like Metamucil.In fact, there is little in life he likes. So why does he continue to live here? Why does he post here? He did admit to enjoying Viagra presumably while watching City Commission meetings for his release.I go back to the option of Decatur, Rawlins, Trego, Wallace, Scott, Greeley Counties as some of many places he could move to. He could sell his underappraised and undertaxed properties at a hefty profit, steal his FAIR tax contributions from the rest of us, and leave us, and stop complaining about all the things he does not like. It would reduce the electrons spent on these forums by 20%, but that would save CO2. Kansas has lots of dirt. Including the Pine farm. Let Hawk get out there were he is not restrained by the social requirements of living next to a University, while he thinks he lives on the Scott-City-township-grade.It solves so many issues.Why does not Hawk not see these opportunities?No river?

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 8 months ago

FYI:http://www.laborradio.org/If 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.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 8 months ago

Is this the same Co. involved with the construction of South Jr. High?

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mysixthsense 5 years, 8 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!

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creamygnome 5 years, 8 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?"

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 8 months ago

I wish those drywall guys would go to Dirty Dillons and picket that nasty building and parking lot. Wouldn't one think that Dillons could get ahold of Glass at the asphalt plant and have $500 worth of asphalt dumped into the potholes in the parking lot? my dumb, it is the dirty dillons, no one cares

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monkfellow 5 years, 8 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.

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Matthew Fowler 5 years, 8 months ago

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 8 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.

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Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 8 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

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thebcman 5 years, 8 months ago

"No one was available Wednesday to comment about the matter at the Dillon Stores Corporate headquarters in Hutchinson. " Well, Duh. That's because Dillons is owned by Kroger, and their corporate hq is in Cincinnati. Perhaps you should update your contact info. At any rate, I'm sure some third-rate reporter from a no-name town in a no-name state is really gonna get their attention. Besides, if the Mexicans want to work for little to no money, let 'em. Keeps 'em out of trouble.

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