[UPDATED, March 29, 4:23 P.M.] Rob Fazio, president of C & F Concrete, said he wasn't aware of any dispute with the carpenters.
"That's just a tactic they use to leverage people like us into getting Chapman to believe we're rat contractors," Fazio said.
He added that his company was hired by general contractor Gray - I.C.E. Builders.
The protest is a ploy to get Chapman University to use a subcontractor signed with the union, Fazio said.
[ORIGINAL POST, March 29, 3:45 P.M.]
They haven't stopped working. Yet.
Members of Carpenters Local 803 and 2361 hit the streets outside Chapman University on Wednesday, crying "shame" on the school for "ripping off the community and for the desecration of the American way of life."
The carpenters said Chapman is using subcontractor C & F Concrete to perform work on its new $8 million Historic Core Classroom Building, which will house several faculty offices, nine classrooms and two seminar buildings.
The problem, they said, is that the union is in a labor dispute with the subcontractor, which it claims does not pay area wage standards -- including family healthcare and retirement benefits -- to all of its carpenter craft employees.
They even called out school President James L. Doti, saying he has an "obligation to the community" to see that area wage standards are paid for work on the project.
Still, one worker, who did not want to be identified, said work would continue.
"We've not stopped anything," he said. "We're not out to do that."
I'm trying to nab a comment from C & F Concrete.
As for Chapman, spokeswoman Mary Platt released the following statement:
"Chapman University believes in free enterprise and free speech. We put this project out to bid, and the chosen contractor met all our requirements and offered a competitive price. The union has the right to protest the makeup of the workforce on the job, and as long as they are operating within the law, Chapman University respects their right to free speech."
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