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Picketers Protest Dollar Tree Contractor

A local carpenters' union placed protesters outside the former Rite Aid location Wednesday.

Five Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters members were walking the picket line on Wednesday at the former Eckerd/Rite Aid location on the corner of Lewis Road and Ridge Pike. 

The location is currently being remodeled into a Dollar Tree store, and the union members were there protesting against Camporini Contracting. 

The contractor is owned by Tom Camporini and located in Warren County, NJ. Camporini is remodeling the store under contract from Dollar Tree. 

The union's picket signs accuse Camporini of not honoring "carpenter area wages and standards". 

Tom Camporini told Patch that the union says he isn't paying the going rate, but they don't actually know what he pays his employees. 

"They want to see my books, and I refused," Camporini said. 

The picketers' leader, Bill Collins, said Camporini's crew are not members of their union, as far as he knows.

One picketer said he didn't know what the protest was about. 

"We just get assigned to come and stand here," he said. 

[Editor's note: Patch reached out to the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters via Collins, but as of publication time the union has yet to comment. We will update the story if we hear from the union.]  

John Q. Public December 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Peace-love, he's no idiot. It's common knowledge that union members are assigned jobs by their leadership. Union dues flow from member's pockets to union coffers to the DNC, and are the life-blood of the Democrat Party. Right-to-work laws threaten the union's money laundering operation, so are fiercely resisted by both the unions and Democrats. Follow the 'stimulus' money; it was heavily used during the last election.
Julie December 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM
John Q. Public..... well said.
henry eroh December 13, 2012 at 02:01 PM
there was a time when the unions did good but now the are mostly just mobster's- as long as this guy pay's decent wages there is no need for them to be there disrupting his job and they should be arrested-
local observer December 13, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Unions have a place in the country for a reason. Their skilled trades workers get paid a set predetermined rate according to contract. In the end it benefits the non-union skilled trades blue collar worker because of the general trade pay scale. It keeps the non union pay scale up higher. For example,if there were no unions with workers making, say 27.80 an hour to repair item "A" with the non union skilled trades worker also repairing item "A" for 22.50 an hr. We would have a flooded skilled trades workforce stuck doing difficult technical work for 12.50 an hr because employers would rather pay less for the work, its a natural way to be more profitable, as well as get lower quality work fork everyone. Unions have their place but this guy has a contract and we all know a contract is usually given by job bids.
Dynamo47 December 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM
My father was in the steelworkers union his entire life. Back then, the unions actually did what they were created for; to provide workers with safe working conditions and consistent salary protection. Today the unions have evolved into a corrupt money making enterprise for the unions and their leaders. I have no problem with Bottom Dollar hiring a non-union team to do the work. If the non-union workers are just as skilled and charge less than I would do the same thing as would most businesses. If the unions brought down their rates than perhaps more businesses would use them.

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