Reminds me of stubborn Greenwich home owners

Union construction workers protest use of non-union workers. Whatever – it’s not my issue, but this caught my eye:

Marino Depina, of Bridgeport, who said he has been working in Stamford since 1978, said it is not right that non-union workers are coming into the city and undercutting his wages.

Depina said he has been out of work since 2008 and needs a job.

So here’s the deal: if you’ve been trying to sell something – your labor, a used car or even your house, and haven’t found a buyer in four years, your price is too high(!). Not that I necessarily blame Mr. Depina for failing to recognize this because after all, some fairly sophisticated investment bankers in Greenwich can’t grasp the concept either, and Depina has something the Greenwich homeowner doesn’t: the hope that his friends in Hartford will force someone to buy what he’s selling. But still, you’d think he’d at least explore the idea of getting off welfare and back to work. Or you’d have thought that before last Tuesday. Hope and change indeed.


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10 responses to “Reminds me of stubborn Greenwich home owners

  1. hmmm

    LeConche said he bought train tickets for many protesters from New Haven and beyond to come to Stamford to show residents that cheap labor has invaded Stamford and that companies that have violated state labor laws are allowed to work on construction sites.


    what laws are being broken?

  2. Anonymous

    Some developers like and encourage non-union workers. They can work the you know what
    out of them and then dismiss them without pay! My comment applies to legal and illegals. They cannot complain!

    • And some employers like non-union workers because they work, aren’t fettered by union rules as to who can go to the truck and return with a screw driver and don’t have corrupt “bosses” hanging around demanding kick backs.

  3. anon

    Good thing Obama saved all those union jobs in Detroit, and guaranteed that they will be overpaid at taxpayers expense for eternity….

  4. Anonymous

    I think a number of the independent electrical contractors who came to town after Sandy (and saved CL&P’s butt) were non union. Those folks really hustled for us.

  5. hmmm

    anon at 406,

    non-union workers work period…union workers focus on how they can get paid without working…

  6. Georgie

    Well said, CF. The ugly reality is that there are too many have-nots by their own choosing. Globalization, technology….all of it has reduced wages for many high and low skilled people and sectors……and nope, the government can’t stop that trend. Reduce prices, get a new skill, or stay on the government dole as so many have apparently opted to do.

  7. Anonymous

    Some years ago an interior decorator convinced me to hire a contractor who had come up from Texas to save a heap of money on my project. Both the decorator and the contractor turned out to be incompetent clowns, and the project turned into a nightmare. To this day I regret hiring that non-union Texas bunch, and I certainly won’t shed a single tear for the Harbor Point investors if they get similarly screwed.

  8. Unions vs License

    There was a time (just 25 years ago) when unions provided a valuable service in training for occupations, ie plumbing, carpentry, electrician. You had to have a journeyman on the job with apprentices AND the journeyman was responsible for the perfection of the job.

    Today, you have a licensed tradesman who collects your money and never looks at the work done by the nonunion monkeys that he hires. That’s not to say ALL contractors are like this, but the contractor seeking to hire the cheapest labor will get the least competent labor.

    It’s not always good to take low bid.