July 23, 2016

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Ironworkers picket at Fenn, Pearl roads in Medina Twp.

MEDINA TWP. — Union pickets were out Thursday morning at a construction site at Fenn and Pearl roads.

Members of Ironworkers Local 17 picket a construction site operated by Star Builders at Fenn and Pearl roads on Thursday morning in Medina Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

At mid-afternoon, about 20 members of the Ironworkers Local 17 stood and carried signs outside the Star Builders construction project at the Pat O’Brien Chevrolet dealership.

“We’re out there trying to bring light to the substandard wages and benefits that Star Builders will be paying their workers,” said Tim McCarthy, business manager for Ironworkers Local 17.

“We’re out to protect middle-class wages for all laborers,” he said. “We take that very seriously.”

A representative of Amherst-based Star Builders did not return calls asking for comment Thursday.

Local 17 includes about 1,600 members in 10 Northeast Ohio counties, including Medina and Cuyahoga. The union is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

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