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Hackensack Carpenters Seek Area Standards Protection

Members of a carpenter's union picket outside of a construction site on Commerce Way in Hackensack. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Picketers pace back and forth outside of a Hackensack construction site. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A dozen or so members of a carpenter's union picketed Wednesday afternoon outside of a construction site on Hackensack's Commerce Way.

Accompanied by an inflatable rat, the carpenters protested against Arrendondo & Co., the company constructing a Westy Self-Storage building, expected to be completed this summer, Council Representative Mike Pierce told Daily Voice.

"There are workers in there not being paid area standards... wages, benefits, retirement plans," said Pierce, who has been working on the project. "There is a portion of the project where carpenters aren't being utilized."

The company's director of development, Edward Arrendondo, said he cannot comment on the situation but is happy with the work that the unions have been doing for Arrendondo & Co.

"The vast majority of this job we have used union labor," he said. "They've done excellent work. I hope [the situation] gets resolved soon."

The union workers plan on picketing for "as long as we need to be here," Pierce said.

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