Union Workers Protest Local Businesses
Huge banners proclaim “shame” on Continental Motors.
ANCHORAGE - If you’ve driven past the intersection of Old Seward and International in Anchorage any time in the last six months, you’ve probably noticed the signs. Huge banners proclaiming “shame” on Continental Motors.
Carpenter’s Local 1281 is behind the protest. A flyer proclaims that Continental has eroded the “American Way of Life” for using contractors to build a warehouse for the car dealer that did not use all union labor.
ReMax Properties is being targeted for similar reasons. Owner Mark Korting said it wasn’t a total surprise. He got a letter in May from the union detailing their grievances. The union is protesting the fact that a contractor hired to build a new headquarters for ReMax used a subcontractor who in turn, used some non-union labor.
Korting said he doesn’t feel that makes him or his business anti-union.
“We do feel that we are being treated a little unfairly,” said Korting. “Both with the 'Shame on Remax,' what does that mean? And then they are passing out these papers that call us rats!”
The union isn’t doing interviews and won’t talk about the protest tactic. It may be legal, but some question whether it’s fair.
The targeted businesses said they haven’t lost any business as a result of the protests. The union said it doesn’t plan to end them any time soon.