Electrical Workers Protest at Tamarack Village

The group is pushing for a Wisconsin company to pay its workers the same rates as union electricians in Minnesota.

Three members of a local electrical-workers union were holding up a large sign at the entrance to on Monday.

Their issue?

A Wisconsin company, Faith Technology, that doesn’t pay its electricians the same wages as those required by Minnesota unions, said organizer Bill Malecha.

The group, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers No. 110, was in town on Monday because Faith Technology electricians were working at the Woodbury . Malecha said they recently held a similar protest at a St. Paul company.

“We just want to inform the public,” he said. “Let’s keep Minnesota jobs for Minnesota people.”

Malecha said the group does a lot of community outreach, from free work for veterans groups like the and , to its efforts with Habitat for Humanity and the event.

“We’re always out in the community trying to do positive things,” Malecha said.


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Denise Carter May 14, 2012 at 08:44 PM
They protested outside our buildings on Friday, at the St Paul Pioneer Press. I would imagine they will move on somewhere else tomorrow.
D Paul May 14, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Define "exploiting". I'd get paid different wages if I worked in other states - or even for other companies in the same state. That's pretty normal.
Kris Janisch May 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Yeah, I don't see how they can get a Wisconsin company to pay wages of a Minnesota union.
Lance May 15, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Typical whinny lazy union workers
CJW May 16, 2012 at 05:45 PM
What's wrong with union workers wanting decent benefits and a decent livable wage. If you are so smart learn how to spell.


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