One of the nation’s leading construction workers unions awarded a major renovation contract to a builder in the midst of a labor dispute.
The James G. Davis Construction Corporation has just begun work on the national headquarters of the Laborers union (LIUNA). The office is located two blocks from the White House at 905 16th St. NW.
As Davis employees prepared the worksite on Thursday morning, a handful of United Brotherhood of Carpenters And Joiners of America members picketed Davis operations across the street on the corner of 16th and I.
Men in union orange shirts held signs reading, “Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters On Strike Against Davis.”
Danny Nelson has been a carpenter for 27 years and union member for 10. He’s been on strike for several months and braved the August sun to highlight what he sees as unjust wages at Davis.
“I’m on strike because I want them to hire union workers,” he said. “It’s a quality of life issue. Everything these days has been going up but our pay.”
Davis Construction, which says it employs union labor on its website, did not return requests for comment.