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May 6, 2013

Letter: Windover puts customers before union demands

To the editor:

I believe a couple of points are worth clarifying from the recent story about the carpenters union and Windover Construction (the Times, Friday, April 26).

Windover is not being singled out as a target. In fact, the union uses these tactics on all contractors and subcontractors that choose not to sign with their union. They continually make claims that have no merit.

In the recent months that the unions have been making these allegations, I have asked them on numerous occasions for any proof or backup. They have been unable to provide any, since their allegations are simply untrue. Yet they raise these issues in an attempt to get us to sign with their union.

Please understand there are aspects of the carpenters union that are good. I recently had a tour of their training facility in Boston and was quite impressed. However, many reputable open shop contractors have equal, and in some cases, even better training programs.

The decision to join a union must be based on what is best for our clients, our employees, and being fair to all our subcontractors.

Less than 20 percent of the labor force in Massachusetts is union. Signing with the union would limit us to only employing this 20 percent and deny opportunities to those workers that have chosen not to join the union. Instead, we choose to base the selection of our subcontractors on their reputation for quality, ability to meet schedules, integrity, and price. We do not discriminate between union and non-union.

Windover has very high standards for our people and our subcontractors.

We are very proud of every team member and proud of the work we do. We are also proud to be an active part of the communities in which we work.

Windover intends to remain a merit-shop construction manager. We will continue to hire only the finest craftsmen that understand the importance of customer service, quality, and value — regardless of a union affiliation or not.

LEE R. DELLICKER

President, Windover Construction

Manchester

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