Local union to picket Trader Joe's, Chuck E. Cheese
Look for picket signs to show up soon in front of Rochester's new Traders Joe's and Chuck E. Cheese, both being built out at former Cost Plus World Market and Linens N Things building (which is the former Econofoods store) at 1200 16th St. S.W.
Wes Urvig of the Southeast Minnesota Building Trades unions in Rochester says his groups are concerned that the workers doing the build out are not local. Here's some from a note from Urvig.
"Two out-of-state, non-union general contractors are currently remodeling an existing Rochester building into a Traders Joes grocery store and Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant. The vast majority of the sub-contractors are also non-union. The SE MN Building Trades unions are concerned that the wages and benefits of the workers on those projects do not meet area AFL.CIO wage and benefit standard."
So starting Thursday monring, the unions will begin what is formally known as "a regular Area Standards Picket" while the construction is underway.
Given the intense popularity of both establishments - particularly Trader Joe's, I wonder how much support the picketers will generate in Rochester.