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Changing Skyline: Quakers´
decision to use nonunion labor
causes strife in Chestnut Hill

Philadelphia Inquirer, by Inga Saffron

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/4/2013 2:41:46 PM

It was probably back in 1997, though some think it might have been even earlier, when the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting concluded that it had outgrown its space and that it was high time to erect a new building. But because it is not the Quaker way to rush into things, the group spent a few more years reflecting on whether it should buy land on Mermaid Lane for the new meetinghouse. Even after the group sealed the deal in 2003, there was still plenty more talking and thinking and praying to be done about the undertaking.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lawabidingcitizen, 1/4/2013 3:14:44 PM     (No. 9098720)

"It´s the sort of behavior that diminishes the unions´ valid attempts to remain relevant." Is this supposed to be a joke?

I guess the Quakers haven´t gotten the memo. Only guvmint work from now on. They want a building, start kissing up to the Won.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: civilservant, 1/4/2013 3:17:16 PM     (No. 9098723)

The non-union bid was %23 LOWER than the Unionized bid.
If that ALONE isn´t enough of an argument AGAINST Unions, I do not know what is.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JimS, 1/4/2013 3:52:31 PM     (No. 9098773)

Yes, 20-25% cost adder for Building Trades Unions construction is pretty typical from my experience in PA and elsewhere. I´ve seen as much as 35% in WVA and KY.
It isn´t only higher wages for the union workers, but more restrictive work rules, minimum crew size requirements, and jurisdictional issues. All of these factors decrease overall productivity on the jobsite and add more bodies to the work force.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bdog, 1/4/2013 5:23:28 PM     (No. 9098939)

In the 60s a group called the "Voice" tried to take on the Teamsters in Philly. Trucks were overturned on Roosevelt Blvd and clashes occurred all over the city. It ended when the leader of the group and his secretary were found shot to death under his desk. Apparently unions get irate when threatened.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: veritas, 1/4/2013 6:47:49 PM     (No. 9099098)

I didn´t see Mayor Nutter mentioned....

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Reply 6 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 1/4/2013 8:53:39 PM     (No. 9099259)

Unions = what Organized Crime has morphed into these days.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: philly_patriot, 1/5/2013 1:46:58 AM     (No. 9099534)

In Philadelphia, the Unions (as well as the D party) should be prosecuted under the RICO Laws.

Will never happen, as the D City Chairman, just happens to be concurrently, a US Congressman, as well as a Union President.

Phila´s last R majority candidate with a chance to be elected ......... (and believed to have been once defeated by voter fraud, and the 2nd time by a Police leak re the FBI tap in the incumbent mayor*} .............. was with his wife ruffed up by union thugs at a political rally.

* The D city chairman** [cum union head, and congressman) when questioned re the FBI tap of the mayors office, stated ´that how they treat strong black men´ ......... and later following subsequent indictment and conviction of 57 officials from said mayors administration .....´oh that was just politics´.

**He still represents PA-1, and given the city´s predilection for voting fraud, strong unions, and middle class ethnic flight, will be there into perpetuity.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: cheeflo, 1/5/2013 1:03:08 PM     (No. 9100386)

FTA: It sounds like something out of the ´50s movie On the Waterfront, not modern-day Philadelphia.

Actually, it sounds just like modern-day Philadelphia. And a lot of other union towns, too.

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