Construction cake and marble workers in the Flatiron community of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, are being forced to go on strike to protest unsafe working conditions and poor wages, their union said.
The workers, all in their 20s and 30s, said they are working on an 8-day strike to demand better wages, more sick leave and better work conditions.
Construction Cake, a subsidiary of United Parcel Service Inc., is the sole employer in Carlisle.
The company is currently under investigation by the state’s Labor Department for alleged wage theft and labor law violations, according to a statement from the union.
In a statement, United Par, which also owns a company called Red Roofs, called the union’s allegations “baseless” and said the company “is committed to providing safe and healthy working conditions for our employees and the communities we serve.”
The union, which represents more than 1,000 workers, also said it has hired more than 50 attorneys to pursue a lawsuit on behalf of workers.
“Our employees are not just employees.
They are human beings,” said union leader Michael Loughnane.
“We will not stop until we get our money.”
The workers are represented by the Construction Workers Legal Defense Fund.
“They don’t know what they’re getting into,” Loughnan said.
“And we’re not letting up.
We want our rights.”
The company says it is committed to safety and fair working conditions.
The strike is not expected to affect any workers or the Carlisle community.
The union said that the strike will go on for two weeks from Tuesday, April 23.
The Flatiron Bakery, which has been operating for more than a decade, was the first to strike in the nation when the workers went on strike in 2011.
About 3,000 construction workers in Flatiron went on the strike in 2009, but the company did not negotiate a new contract.
The Carlisle workers have been on the job since March 15.
The strikers are expected to return to work Wednesday, April 26, Loughnians statement said.
Loughns workers have called for a “national day of action” and a strike march from the Flat Iron Plaza in Carlis to demand fair wages and better working conditions in the industry.
They said the workers are tired of working in unsafe conditions and unsafe working environment, with a shortage of medical care, and the lack of safe working conditions at construction sites.
The construction industry in the United States has long been plagued by unsafe working environments and low wages.
Construction companies often require workers to take sick leave when sick, with no benefit.