Local carpenters are protesting the real-estate developer Doran's decision to use non-union labor for an upcoming housing project, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and the Minnesota Daily.
The union, the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, has been protesting Doran's decision to hiring the non-union Regal Construction to hang drywall in Doran's first non-student housing development, Mill & Main, according to the Daily. They have been picketing at Minneapolis City Hall and at Doran's Bloomington headquarters for two weeks.
Kelly Doran, the owner of Doran, said he is already using 19 different unions for the project, according to the Daily. He said that 93 percent of the labor for the Mill & Main project is from union companies.
The protestors said that Regal Construction does not adhere to union standards.
Doran has four apartments on the University of Minnesota campus and is currently building a fifth, according to the Daily.