Last August, we asked “why is there a noisy picket at Pine and Summit?” and told you this:
The noisy picket you see and hear on E Pine, we were told, is the local carpenters union letting people know about a sub-contractor on the People’s Parking lot development job site who the union says is paying sub-standard wages. The same picket was also seen earlier this summer downtown in front of Forever 21. The show of labor activity on the Hill is relatively rare these days. The rep we talked to said work at the site isn’t halted — the picket is only informational at this point. Informational and a little noisy, sure, but with noise comes attention.
We talked to the picket organizers again today. With a much larger contingent, the picket against Metier Construction at the Terravita development has police officers monitoring the situation but the effort, a rep for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters tells us, is strictly a gambit to attract attention to the situation. We asked the rep what support they’d like to see from the community. His answer: Put up with the noise. “We have to make noise for attention,” the rep said. “[We’re] not asking people not to rent these apartments or anything like that.”