Everyone deserves the opportunity to earn a decent wage and to have access to affordable health care. Fork it out Columbia Bank. A bank the size of yours can afford to pay decent wages. Thanks to the Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters for standing up. Shame on Melanie Dressel!
The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters has a labor dispute with Drywall Specialties, Inc., which is a subcontractor for Baker Construction on the Columbia Bank Project in Spokane, WA. Drywall Specialties does not meet area labor standards on all of their projects, including providing or fully paying for family health care and pension, for all of their carpenter craft employees on all of their jobs.
The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters object to substandard wage employers like Drywall Specialties working in the community. In our opinion, the community ends up paying the tab for employee health care and low wages tend to lower general community standards, thereby encouraging crime and other social ills.
The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters believes that Columbia Bank has an obligation to the community to see that all area labor standards are met for construction work performed on their projects. They should not be allowed to insulate themselves behind “independent “contractors.”
Please call Melanie Dressel, Vice President and CEO of Columbia Bank at 253-305-1911 and tell her that you want her to do all she can to see that area labor standards are met for all Columbia Bank construction Projects.
— Flyer from The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters
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