Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades picketed the site of the United Food and Commercial Workers credit union being constructed on South Main Street Friday morning.
A large inflatable rat was set up by the picketers. Bob Griffiths, IUPAT union representative, said union labor is not being used for painting, drywall and glass.
‚??They‚??re building this building with non-union workers,‚?Ě Griffiths said. ‚??Our union does business with this credit union. All 260 members have individual accounts here. We run our vacation fund for our members through this credit union.‚?Ě
UFCW Chief Executive Officer John Hayduk could not be reached for comment.
Griffiths said a union representative spoke to Hayduk and the union was told the credit union didn‚??t own the building. They were told it will be developed, built and sold to the UFCW after-the-fact or there will be a long-term lease.
‚??It‚??s bad business for UFCW,‚?Ě Griffiths said. ‚??We‚??re probably going to pull all of our accounts out of here and go to a credit union that‚??s all union.‚?Ě
The big rat is symbolic of ‚??them being a rat," Griffiths said.
Designed by Quad 3, the new building will feature a retro fa√ßade in keeping with the city‚??s downtown revitalization theme.
UFCW already has a presence in the city in the form of a kiosk in Quinn‚??s Market.
The new 2,500 square foot office will replace that and offer a full range of services, including mortgages, loans and deposits.
The new branch will have two drive-through tellers, a drive-through ATM and night deposit. The branch will employee 10.
UFCW has branches in Kingston, Hanover and a main branch in Wyoming.