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Connecticut Construction Workers To Start Statewide Labor Protest




Connecticut Construction Workers To Start Statewide Labor Protest Against Mizzy Construction Today At New Stop & Shop In Torrington, YMCA In Ellington & Mizzy Construction Offices In Plainville 

- Mizzy Construction Declines To Follow Industry's Area Standards Policies Which Include Following Prevailing Wage Laws, Quality Construction Standards -

For immediate release: July 6, 2009 
For more information: Ron Dresner 
860.523.7500 c 860.305.7728 

(Hartford, Connecticut) – The Connecticut Laborers' District Council announced today that Connecticut construction workers will begin a statewide labor protest today against Mizzy Construction, Inc., Plainville, CT, due to the construction site development company's lack of compliance with area standard policies which include adherence to prevailing wage laws, assurance of quality construction standards and the participation in local apprenticeship and minority training programs. 

"Frustrated Connecticut construction workers will start a statewide protest against Mizzy Construction today at three construction sites where Mizzy Construction managers are on the job. We need to show Stanley Mierzejewski and his Mizzy Construction management team that all of us in Connecticut are totally disgusted with their policies of ignoring area standards," said Charles LeConche, business manager, Connecticut Laborers' District Council. "Mizzy Construction needs to become a good Connecticut corporate citizen and start paying fair wages, start implementing a quality construction area standards program and participate in a minority and local worker apprenticeship program." 

The protests will take place starting today, July 6, 2009 at the new Stop & Shop (www.stopandshop.com), Rt. 183 & Rt. 202 intersection, Torrington, CT; YMCA, Pinney Street, Ellington, CT; and Mizzy Construction offices (www.mizzyconstruction.com), 463 East Street, Plainville, CT. Mizzy Construction is also expected to start the Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), Rt. 6 & Jerome Ave., Bristol, CT, project in several weeks. The protests will continue through the summer. "We also are presently speaking with representatives from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) about having their local employees who work at Connecticut Stop & Shop supermarkets possibly join us at these protest. We also have plans to talk with officials from the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Ellington about their construction project. What I do not understand is how YMCA officials can support the hiring of cheap labor on their project. I am pretty sure the Christine doctrine does not include undermining safety and labor standards in a community," said LeConche. 

According to its Web site, Mizzy Construction, Plainville, CT, is headed by its President Stanley Mierzejewski, and is a construction site development company providing site demolition, foundation preparation, septic and sanitary services, water main services and variety of other related services. Mizzy Construction is located at 463 East Street, Plainville, Connecticut, phone 860.793.2289 or 860.747.3173, stanley@mizzyconstruction.com or mizzy@mizzyconstruction.com. 

"Companies like Shop & Shop are stating they fairly bid these construction projects. But did they do all of their homework by pre-qualifying these companies? Did they look into any past OSHA violations, owned back wages, workers' compensation problems or illegal worker issues? The overall quality of a construction project depends upon a complete pre-qualification process," said LeConche. 

The Connecticut Laborers' District Council represents approximately 7,000 members employed in the construction industry and other building and trade fields throughout the state. The Laborers' International Union, founded in 1903 largely by immigrant workers, includes more than 800,000 members who work in construction and hazardous materials remediation, as well as in healthcare, the U.S. Postal Service and other public service sectors of the economy. For more information, call 860.296.8697 or visit www.CTLPL.com.

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