On the Palmer Line
"Last Friday," Zerr continued, "we all had to wait for our checks. Guy's Electric had requested a letter of credit from the contractor, but it took all day for us to get paid. They still owe us our back week's pay on top of that."
MW Builders spokeswoman Laura Rocco told us Wednesday, "There is no lockout. As you know, Guy's Electric is no longer on the job, because they were not able to pay their workers. MW Builders made sure that the workers have been paid and will be paid up-to-date by tomorrow. MW Builders does not discriminate against union employees, and a few of the union electricians have already been hired for other jobs on the site." Asked if the company intended to negotiate with the IBEW on re-hiring all the electricians, Rocco said, "At this point, we haven't made a decision on how to proceed regarding the replacement, if any, for the subcontractor."
Zerr said that by rescheduling, the contractor could probably make do with a few substitute electricians for a week or two, but after that progress on the project would get very difficult. "As for us," he added, "we all live week to week, paycheck to paycheck." "There are about 250 Austin electricians already out of work," said another picketer. With the company not yet responding, Zerr said the stalemate could last for some time.