You’ve seen them around town, members of unions representing local carpenters and other construction workers. They bring out their giant inflatable rat and march with signs around construction site or commercial property remodel whose contracter is using non-union labor to do the work.
These protesters out on Locust Street Friday were members of the Contra Costa County-based Carpenters Local 152, and they were angry that a company was using non-union workers to handle construction on the new restaurant VeSu.
VeSu is small plates restaurant, going into the site for the former Sherman Clay piano store on Locust. And, at last report, members of the Dudum clan are involved. Jack and Sylvia Dudum have an interest in the property and son Tony, who with Jack, run 1515 Restaurant and Lounge on North Main Street, will serve on consultant on the project. Word was that VeSu was supposed to open in summer. Well, construction had started, almost over night, this summer.
By highlighting this latest Rat Squad protest at a Dudum-related business, I am not, for once, not attempting to write another not-so-happy-skippy story about the Dudums. A number of other businesses have received visits from the Rat Squad, including the now defunct–and you would think, holier-than-thou, pro-the-working-man–Elephant Pharmacy, when it was being prepared to open next door to Trader Joe’s.
Oh, and calling these union members the Rat Squad? I only do that because of that funny rat they tote around. I’m not taking any position on their rights or wrongs of their cause, and I know the rat is there to represent the contracter who isn’t hiring these union workers.
“Construction has taken a hit, and we’re just protecting our industry from companies failing to pay area standards for wages and benefits,” said Local 152 Field Representative Rachel Leanos.
6 thoughts on “The Rat Squad out protesting again, this time outside a new restaurant renovation”
So what if a few union carpenters loose their job? I'm sure there will be a charity event at 1515 for them.
I think that all union members should be put in prison as they are basically mob-like thugs and goons.
Unions can go to hell, they are ruining this country.
Anon 1:07 your really said “all union member” should be put in prison and not “the union leadership” should be put in prison. While I would not even agree with the second statement, at least I could see how somebody wanting to move back to a more feudalistic system could make it.
But your statement simply shows that there are some people simply too stupid to participate in a democratic system.
I thought anon 1.07 was rather moderate in his union stance.
I'm surprised by your short statement Thud. How come you didn't have to tell us once again what a hotshot Brit you are and that you own properties on both sides of the atlantic and that you spend time both in your estates in the UK and in California?
I believe everybody ought to look at this.