Local 107 protest of Crowne Plaza continues to get press
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Following a May 21 rally at the Worcester Crowne Plaza, members of Carpenters Local 107 have seen a good deal of solidarity and local support in the community. Upset that the hotel had hired a general contractor and drywall contractor from Maryland and Virginia for a $3-4 million renovation, members rallied in front of the hotel. The New England Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship Contest moved events that were scheduled to take place at the hotel to another location. Now, as reported in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, other labor and political organizations are following suit, offended that even local nonunion contractors were not given an opportunity to bid or work on the project.

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