A Pennsylvania construction local has found an unlikely target for its latest picket — a credit union run by a fellow labor organization.
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) was carrying signs and chanting slogans in front of the future site of the United Food and Commercial Workers federal credit union in downtown Pittston. They even have the ubiquitous inflatable rat, the attention-grabbing icon labor locals use to draw attention to employers who use non-union labor.
IUPAT union representative Bob Griffiths said he never expected a fellow union to bypass organized labor to save a buck. The local’s members have done work at the UFCW’s three other locations in neighboring towns, and Griffiths said his own local’s 260 members have banked with the UFCW’s credit union. Now he’s told them to take their business elsewhere.