About a month ago, we published a short piece about New Hampshire union officials’ concern that the Memorial Bridge project (connecting New Hampshire and Maine) would not involve enough local workers despite promises from the contractors:
The contractor, Archer Western Contractors (a subsidiary of Walsh Construction), has a history of spurning locals:
Shawn Cleary, business agent for the New Hampshire office of Iron Workers Local No. 7 in Manchester, said Walsh & Archer Western has a history of hiring out-of-state workers in “low union-density states” such as New Hampshire.
“I wonder if they’re going to do that here,” he said.
N.H. Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement has said that he hopes the contractor will follow through. Concerns are becoming public before a December 16th vote by the executive council of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation that could finalize the deal.
Union leadership has said that their main concern is local hiring, not union hiring.
Today, the Ironworkers Local 7, whose members populate the area in and around where the bridge is being built (Portsmouth, NH), put out a video of a march at the bridge project. Members held signs showing where they’re from, chanted “local work for local workers,” and did short interviews. Watch it below…