Thursday, May 24, 2018

Carpenters Union Local 209 Pickets at The Kensington


It isn't the kind of thing you usually see in bucolic Sierra Madre. Downtown Los Angeles perhaps, or maybe some place like Anaheim. But here? Across the street from City Hall, and in front of the much celebrated The Kensington Sierra Madre? No, not what people around here expect to see while driving their kids off to school.

The picketers are from the Carpenters Union Local 209, and according to the flyer I was given their grievances are a quite serious. I took a picture of it and I am posting it below. Interesting that they call out Billy Shields. They even refer to him as an enabler of wage theft. Billy was quite affable when he was here pushing to get the place built a few years back, so this is all something of a surprise.


Pretty serious accusations as far as I can tell. It is hard to believe the Kensington folks would be involved in such shady labor shenanigans, but that is what the Carpenters Union is saying. And apparently they feel quite strongly about it.

Back in March of this year the Mountain Views News covered a similar Kensington picketing. The prognosis was much sunnier than what I heard from the union guys yesterday. Here is how Susan Henderson viewed what was going down.


I don't want to appear too cynical, but maybe that is the kind of favorable coverage you get in The Mountain Views News when you buy a lot of advertising space.

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41 comments:

  1. Much ado about nothing

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  2. Probably depends on how you feel about it.

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  3. Much to do about everything, maybe you are not up to date with the recent Supreme Court decision re: collective bargaining/arbitration.
    The Kensington has had it's share of lawsuits.

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    1. Which ones?

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    2. The ones involving the law.

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  4. I spoke with someone recently who has a family member there. The costs have risen to just under $9,000 a month, and they keep going up.

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    1. That's what the market will bear.
      People are better off at that price being in a facility that has a skilled nursing unit, in case they need to move to the level of care.

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    2. It's for the well off.

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    3. And you’re surprised? No one is forced to live there.

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    4. Anybody heard anything about the Kensington chef who was fired for romancing the help?

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  5. Don't get the picketing. They have courts for just such a purpose. If Billie Shields did something wrong, sue him. If not, put the yellow sign away.

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    1. The want to embarrass Billy. It is part of their overall strategy.

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    2. You serious? One would have to hire an attorney, pay court fees, wait for some drawn-out schedule.

      Picketing is freedom of speech. And much more effective publicity.

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  6. So Chancellor Dennison cancelled the summit with North Korea.

    He still gets the Nobel Peace Prize, right?

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    1. Did more than the last Presidential Nobel winner...

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    2. I love how right wing goons were nominating trump for a meeting that didn’t even happen.

      He’s done. Obama certainly earned it more than trump ever could, but I don’t think obama deserves it over other candidates.

      Or truth obama getting the prize was like a preemptive strike on American following policy from the rest the world after failed neoconservative aggression in the middle east, torture black sites, waterboarding, Abu Ghraib. There were hoping he’d restore American credibility after the corrupt Bush swamp

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    3. Trump thought he was going to get the Nobel Prize because he was going to meet with Kim Jong Un. Kim was just playing him for a fool, and now there is no meeting.

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  7. Billy is rolling in dough, he needs to support those workers, he gets enough development favors gifted to him.

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  8. If union workers could opt out of paying due, how many would be members?

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  9. $9,000 a month? That's a wealthy man's way of saying; you take care of my mom and dad!

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    1. Worked for my parents

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  10. 9:23am President Donald J Trump should get the Nobel Peace Prize, don't count those chickens before they are hatched or before they have come home to roost.
    President Barack Hussein Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize just for being half black!

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    1. You're a racist fool.

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    2. Dumb troll drooling pablum

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  11. 8:45am The cement contractors are asking Mr. Shields for his support in negotiating a fair wage with their employees.
    Similar to Mr. Shields asking the Sierra Madre Council members favors in the amount of required parking they were short, or the wordsmith of bedrooms vs suites which allowed the Kenistington to be built in the first place.

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  12. Galveston Giant Jack Johnson receives Posthumous Presidential Parden from President Trump.
    Mr. Johnson, the first Black Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the United States during the Jim Crow era.

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  13. Hiring subs is common practice in construction. Now I know why. It is a way of classifying the subs as independent contractors and avoiding laws and costs. Again, as they say, follow the money. Developers are nobody's friend.

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    1. I never knew what that was all about. Now that I do I am much more sympathetic to the union guys.

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  14. Question, will Billy stand in support? It is his building in Redondo beach that is contracting with subs.
    Is Billy Shields just another Developer that thinks the rules don't apply to him?

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    1. Billy is a successful businessman, making money faster than he could ever spend it. He has jumped into to a market with a product that is only experiencing increasing demand, and his capitalization on it was quite intentional.

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    2. You people are so uninformed it makes my head hurt. Everybody uses sub contractors. You need a license for each and every trade. The likelihood of one contractor having every license and being proficient at it is near null. How can you become empassioned about something you know nothing about? Oh wait, this is the tattler, home of the flaming pitchfork. Builders bad, everybody else good, my house was spoken into existence by unicorn farts.

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    3. You need an exterminator (sub contracted) to get rid of the gaseous smell.

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    4. Contractors DO NOT have to hire union workers. There is NO law that requires them to do so.

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    5. "Everybody uses subcontractors." Sure. That way you don't dirty your hands not paying people what they deserve.

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  15. It seems their picketing hasn’t been a roaring success. No film cameras, few people show up, no yelling,etc. Sue the guy if you have a case or produce some data that says what you’re saying is true. Build a better case.

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    1. Well it got your attention twice today

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    2. Twice? This doesn’t count as I’m answering you.

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    3. Wait right here. Let me see what I can find for you.

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  16. I'm all for freedom of speech. Picket 'til the cows come home, but I don't see it causing big bad Billie to cut them a check.

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    1. Pretty eye opening sign, though. You got to give them that.

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  17. Billy Shields is all about the money.

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