Last weekend, nearly 70 unemployed union construction workers protested the use of 400 out-of-state workers on Stamford’s $3.5 billion, 80-acre Harbor Point project. The Connecticut Laborers District Council (LiUNA!) object to Harbor Point developer Building and Land Technology bringing in workers from Texas when so many Connecticut workers are in dire need of employment.
The union also demanded Mayor Michael Pavia do more to ensure local hire in the region. Protest organizer and business director of LiUNA!, Charlie LeConche, told The Greenwich Time,
“The election is over and the president’s agenda is jobs and the same agenda exists in Connecticut. The politicians were elected to represent their constituents, which are Connecticut taxpayers,”
LeConche stood side by side in front of the Stamford Government Center with the 70 workers. He said more would have joined but they could not afford it. Local hire is a major issue because out-of-state workers not only eat up available jobs but depress wages in the long term.
“Here we are in Stamford, the Gold Coast, with people from Texas — about 400 of them — working on Harbor Point and the new high rise next to the mayor’s office. Enough is enough,
LeConche promised to continue the fight and to take it to former Stamford Mayor and current Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy. Joining LeConche was 54 year old Nancy Hearn. Hearn has not been able to find work for 21 months. She wore a hoodie with “We Are Connecticut Taxpayers” on the back. Hearn explained her participation to the Greenwich Time saying,
“I want to make people aware what is going on in hiring out-of-state people. They are taking our jobs away.