Union Pickets at Benedictine Apartments

By Culloton, Dan | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 30, 1999 | Go to article overview

Union Pickets at Benedictine Apartments


Culloton, Dan, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Dan Culloton Daily Herald Business Writer

Union laborers are picketing the construction of new apartments at Benedictine University in Lisle to protest the use of non-union workers.

About a half dozen members of the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 288, have set up signs near where Benedictine is erecting student housing on its campus' west side.

The union says Capstone Building Corp., the general contractor for the project, is using Custom Concrete, an Elburn-based firm that does not pay prevailing union wages and benefits.

The going wage for union laborers is $24.35 an hour plus health and pension benefits. "These people are not paying anything like that," said Tod Masters, business manager for Local 288.

Alabama-based Capstone refused to comment and Custom Concrete could not be reached.

Work has continued despite the protests and the university still expects the project to be done next summer, said Robert L. Head, the school's vice president for finance and administration.

The university does not control the $10 million apartment project because it leased the land to Capstone Development Corp., which has used a mix of union and non-union labor, Head said. …

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