IBEW protests out-of-state workers brought in for local project

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MONTGOMERY – Some 200 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 363 lined Neelytown in the Town of Montgomery late Wednesday afternoon to protest the importation of out-of-state workers on a project at the Cardinal Health distribution center.

Sam Fratto, the union business manager, said it is not fair to the hundreds of local electricians who are losing out.

“We are protesting the undermining of the wages and benefits that we created in the Hudson Valley for the electricians,” he told Mid-Hudson News. “We don’t think it’s fair that this happens to us that we’re stuck; we live here, and we created the standards because that’s what you need to live here and then people come from other areas and can undermine that.”

The general contractor, ARCO Construction, could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.