Union organizer gets local nonunion workers paid

Fascinating column from Clive McFarlane:

Recently, for example, a number of workers, most of them undocumented, asked for his help in getting their money from snow removal jobs they had performed for Robert Brunell, who operates a company called R U Plastered in Millbury.

Mr. Brunell had used the workers to clear snow from roofs at The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, the Charles River Labs and locations in Millbury and Shrewsbury between Feb. 2 and 12.

The workers, about 50 of them, claimed Mr. Brunell had promised to pay them at the end of each work week, but kept putting them off.

3 thoughts on “Union organizer gets local nonunion workers paid

  1. A friend of mine pointed out that it seems odd that the union organizer would be helping these folks rather than reporting them to the authorities. Wouldn’t the workers, many of whom were undocumented, be in direct opposition to “legal” workers who are union members?

  2. I think this is one of those deals where the organizer doesn’t see his job in the context of “union vs nonunion” or “American vs foreign” but “workers being screwed over vs scummy bosses.”

  3. A good union organizer is going to support the workers when they get screwed by management regardless of who those workers may be. It’s why they got into union organizing. To protect workers who need protecting.

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