Construction worker's picket participation slowing down new hospital work

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Among the hundreds of nurses on the picket line, the Building and Construction Trades Council joined in, some leaving their current jobs.

“Labor tends to strike together, especially in the U.P. where community is number 1 on everybody’s agenda,” said Tim Roman, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council.

According to the Building and Construction Trades Council, hundreds of active and retired members of the council joined the picket line, in and out, for the last two days.

“It's a good cause after especially the construction industry, nurses are our second line of defense to keeping our members safe and keeping them coming home at night,” Roman said.

Of these hundreds, many from the new hospital construction were among them, slowing down work.

“I'm sure there will be some delays, there are still crews working,” Roman said. “It was individuals who felt like it was a strong enough issue that they went two days without pay to come here.”

And the construction workers support does not go unrecognized.

“It was good to know that they understand our fight and this truly is a community issue and we are all out here for the safety of the patients and the nurses that work in this hospital,” said Local Nurses Union President Scott Balko.

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