Friday, August 20, 2010

NY Hardhats: "We Won't Build The Ground Zero Mosque"

There's apparently a major movement among New York City construction workers vowing not to work on the proposed Ground Zero Mosque:

"It's a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground," said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.

"I wouldn't work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11," Kaiser said.

The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the "Hard Hat Pledge" on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.

"Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country," said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. "People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there."

"Hopefully, this will be a tool to get them to move it," he said. "I got a problem with this ostentatious building looming over Ground Zero."

The unions themselves have yet to take a position on the Ground Zero Mosque.

"It's a very difficult dilemma for the contractors and the organized labor force because we are experiencing such high levels of unemployment," said Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers' Association. "Yet at the same time, this is a very sacred sight to the union guys."

"There were construction workers killed on 9/11 and many more who got horribly sick cleaning up Ground Zero," Coletti said. "It's very emotional."

You know who I want to hear from on this? The Teamsters.

Almost nothing gets built in New York City without their OK.

So what about it Teamsters? Are you up for letting these people put up a huge mosque overlooking Ground Zero?

(Hat tip, memeorandum)

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Anonymous said...

Think of it this way, if the Teamsters come out for building the Mosque then it will sound the death knell of the union movement in this country. In fact if they say nothing at all in the hopes that it will pass, that too will end their reign.

louielouie said...

i think it's gonna come down to some type of bait & switch or shell game of some sort.
i think the saudis will bring in some of their thai laborers.
and every union boss in NYC gets a new place in the caymuns and every pension fund of every union in NYC shows a balance in the black of $100 billion euros.
it'll get done.
the ruling class requires it.
as for the death of union labor, where they gonna go?
the free market.
and what country would that be in?