CONDO WORKERS AND SUPPORTERS FIGHTING TO UNIONIZE PROTEST IN MIAMI - Mitch Perry
At this hour in Miami, condominium workers who are trying to form a union are holding a Candlelight Vigil and march, bringing attention to their attempts to organize without intimidation.
Workers claim that the Continental Group Ã¢â¬â one of MiamiÃ¢â¬â¢s most prestigious condominium management companies Ã¢â¬â is refusing to pledge NOT to intimidate and threaten workers who want to speak out.
Last week, the City of Miami Beach Commission passed a resolution supporting workers' right to organize without retaliation.
Hiram Ruiz, is the Deputy Director of the Service Employees International Union, Local 11, which is helping to organize a portion of the nearly 8,000 condo workers in the Miami area.
Ruiz says the SEIU has only recently began their campaign to organize, and has been in contact with perhaps a few hundred of those 8,000 workers.
WMNF asked him what were the strongest reasons that the condo workers need to be organized? (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬? concerned aboutÃ¢â¬?)
In their press release announcing their protest in Miami Thursday evening, union organizers charge that a prestigious employer - the Continental Group has refused to pledge NOT to intimidate and/or threaten workers who want to speak outÃ¢â¬Â¦.And they claim Continental is being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board.
Again, the SEIUÃ¢â¬â¢s Hiram Ruiz (roll tape#2 o.q.Ã¢â¬? in the communityÃ¢â¬?)
Richard Struenan is President of the Continental Group. He strongly denied the SEIUÃ¢â¬â¢s allegations that his company intimidates workers into NOT joining a union..And he says there was no reason for Continental to pledge NOT to threaten workers, when he contends they arenÃ¢â¬â¢t doing that now(roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â¬? pretty much the way it isÃ¢â¬?)
Struman says that the Continental Group pays above industry wages and gives good benefits., including the opportunity to get into 401 K plans, as well as paid holidays, sick days and vacations.
He did acknowledge that the NLRB IS looking into the SEIU claim that a Miami condo worker was fired because of his involvement in union organizing (roll tape#4 o.q.Ã¢â¬?union interest or activityÃ¢â¬?)
And again, tonight (Thursday evening ), dozens of Miami condo workers, clergy, and community leaders are scheduled to hold what they are calling a Candlelight Vigil for Justice to send the message that the time to organize for South Florida condo workers is now.comments powered by Disqus