Plumbers Union protests outside the Union at Dearborn

By LAURA CLARK, News Editor

Laura Clark/MJ

Michigan Union workers of the United Association of Plumbers, Local 98 gathered in front of the Union at Dearborn on Monday and Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. to protest the use of non-union and out of state workers in the building of the dorms for UM-Dearborn students set to open in the Fall of 2013.

The union workers stood on public property in front of the Union at Dearborn construction site, holding up signs that read “non-union”, and “local jobs for local workers”.

Tuesday was a calmer day for the protest, but Jon DeRoo, a business agent for the United Association of Plumbers, said that the first day was a bit rough.

“They were yelling at us yesterday… throwing rocks at us,” DeRoo said.

“Right now, the only union workers they’re using are electricians and bricklayers,” said DeRoo. And they’re violating union labor standards. It’s not that we don’t like non-union workers. But they’re hiring people who are working for eight dollars an hour and also hiring people from out of state, which takes away union jobs in Michigan and lowers the quality of living here. And this is a school for higher education.”