A standoff is underway at an Old City construction site where a group of water department employees today refused to cross a picket line by the carpenter’s union.
After the group of five city workers would not enter the site near 2nd and Market streets this morning to connect a water line, the city told them they would be taken off the clock for the rest of the day, said Pete Matthews, president of AFSCME District Council 33, which represents the city’s blue collar workers.
“Every union knows you honor another union’s picket line,” said Matthews, who said the city could have sent the workers to another site or had them do the work after 3 p.m., when the picket would be over.
We called the water department for comment, but their public relations staff said they didn’t know anything about it and that they couldn’t talk to us without clearance from the mayor’s press office. We’ll keep you posted.