Union rally follo w/ pics
Here's some of a story I wrote about Wednesday's union rally in downtown Rochester with pics that can only be seen here. Blog readers get a lot of extras. Heh:
After wrapping up a day’s work revamping the Galleria Mall in downtown Rochester, many construction workers headed for the sidewalk out front Wednesday afternoon.
They joined other workers and supporters on Broadway for a union rally to announce a new coalition.
A crowd of about 150 people wearing hard-hats and carrying empty lunch coolers cheered as local labor leaders Wes Urevig and Russell Hess announced the formation of The Rochester Coalition for Quality Development
The coalition, comprised of the 16 Rochester area trade unions, plans to look at the large number of development projects coming to the community.
"We’ll evaluate them to find the good developments and the bad developments. If good, we will thank them. If bad, we let the community know about it," Urevig said.
Using union workers with their additional training and better wages is certainly key to becoming a positive project, he said.
Now the coalition represents 2,600 members, although Urevig says its leaders are in talks with two large groups that could expand its numbers up to 30,000.