Trade unions protest Gerdau labor decision

Dec 13, 2011 | 06:05 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Gerdau Special Steel North America, Monroe, United Auto Workers, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, informational picket, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Trade unions held an informational picket line at Gerdau Special Steel North America's plant in Monroe, Mich., on Monday objecting to Gerdau’s decision to hire a non-unionized company to install steel manufacturing machinery.

Tradesmen on the picket line—including ironworkers, pipe fitters and engineers—bemoaned the fact that a unionized facility, whose $67-million expansion is managed by a union shop general contractor, hired non-union subcontractor Irondale Industrial Contractors Inc., Birmingham, Ala., to install the equipment.....

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