EUGENE, Ore. — The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters protested at Oakway Center Monday and wants shoppers to stop shopping there.
The council claims the contractor, Northwest Wall Systems, isn’t paying workers enough and providing fair benefits.
R&H Construction hired Northwest Wall Systems for the construction job of the soon-to-be Nordstrom Rack.
Carpenters say around $32 an hour is considered the standard but workers are getting paid much less.
Carpenters says fair wages should be required to help them live a decent life.
“When our bodies are done building stuff we can retire with dignity and also in the meantime we can support our families,” said Jeff Harms, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters.
R&H Construction wouldn’t comment on camera, but says it thinks the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters is just frustrated it wasn’t hired for the job. It went on to say it believes there is no backing to the claims.