EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSUnion Workers Picket At Hotel Construction Site
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Reported by: Elizabeth Noreika
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 5, 2013 9:28 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 5, 2013 11:01 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Union workers were out in full force Thursday afternoon, picketing at a construction site for a new hotel at the Courtyard by Marriott, between Virginia Street and Kanawha Boulevard.
The electrical workers' union is striking, claiming a contractor fired or laid off about a half dozen people who had met with union organizers.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is not working the job, but set up pickets, claiming unfair labor practices.
An Ohio man said the company, Hi-Tech Electric, fired him after he talked to the union.
“I was with them for six years and then, as soon as I started talking with these IBEW guys, the next thing I knew, I was let go," Justin Lore, of South Webster said.
Lore says the reasoning he got for his termination, was alleged insubordination.
Ashland-based Hi-Tech Electric' said the firings did not happen because workers talked to the union, but did not elaborate.
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