Construction Company For Waterbury
City Hall Project Rejects Labor Agreement
Connecticut Construction Workers Begin On-Going Labor Protest Of Downes Constructionâ€™s Labor
Policies & Elimination Of Local Worker Training Program.
(Waterbury, CT) -- The Connecticut Laborersâ€™ District Council announced today that
Connecticut construction workers will begin an ongoing informational protest this week in
front of the former Waterbury City Hall building, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT, in
response to the decision made by Downes Construction to reject a longstanding labor
agreement with the Connecticut Laborersâ€™ District Council. Downes Construction is currently
the construction management company responsible for the renovations currently being
made to the City Hall building.
â€œSince 1934, Downes Construction has been an important construction industry partner with
the Laborersâ€™. However, with a new CEO in place, the company seems to be taking the
wrong direction as it seeks to maximize profits. By walking away from this labor agreement,
Downes Construction closes the door on local workers and support for our local economy by
declining to participate in our local apprenticeship program,â€• explained Charles LeConche,
business manager, Connecticut Laborersâ€™ District Council.
Waterburyâ€™s City Hall was designed and built in 1915 by Cass Gilbert, architect of New Yorkâ€™s
first skyscraper, the Woolworth building and the U.S. Supreme Court building. The 90,000
square foot, three-story, brick, marble and limestone Colonial Revival style building was an
integral part of Cass Gilbertâ€™s vision of a â€œGrand Streetâ€• in the heart of Waterbury. Overall,
Waterbury Development Corporationâ€™s Administration Group and Project Management Group
(www.wdconline.org) is responsible for the construction time-table, budget and development
of City Hall and various other projects. â€œI believe we need to make board members from the
Waterbury Development Corporation aware of Downes Constructionâ€™s decision to turn away
from community resources along with minority and career training programs. Of all of the
community buildings in Waterbury and all of the development work ahead, there is no way
that Waterbury area workers and resources should be left out in the cold as the future City
Hall building is renovated. Downes Construction needs to make a step in the right direction
and start supporting our community,â€• said LeConche.
According to its Web site, Downes Construction, based in New Britain, CT, is a construction
services firm that delivers a combination of technology and staff experience. The company
is led by Joseph N. Desautel, Jr., firstname.lastname@example.org; John E. Downes, III, president,
email@example.com; Mark Tarpill, CFO, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Thomas J.
Costello, V.P., email@example.com. More information about Downes Construction can
be found by visiting www.downesco.com.
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The Connecticut Laborersâ€™ District Council, a member of the Laborersâ€™ International Union of
North America, represents approximately 8,000 members employed in the construction
industry and other building and trade fields throughout the state. The Laborersâ€™ International
Union of North America, 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, visit www.ctlpl.com or call 860.296.8697.
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