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Carpenters union members protest at hospital 

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Protestors in front of Twin Cities Hospital. Photo by Nanette Fisher, Soaring Eagle Press, Copyright 2014.

If you’ve driven down Las Tablas Road in front of the hospital recently, you might have noticed a group of union members holding a large banner saying “Shame on Twin Cities Community Hospital.”

The protesters are from the Carpenters Local 1800. They are passing out flyers accusing the hospital of contributing to the erosion of area standards because a subcontractor working on a hospital construction project uses non-union employees.

“Santa Maria Plaster & Drywall Inc. does not meet area labor standards for all their carpenter craft workers,” the union flyer says.

Hospital CEO Mark Lisa says the hospital does not have a relationship or a dispute with the carpenters union. “These individuals are peacefully assembled on public property, and enjoy every right to be so,” he says. “We have no current relationship or dispute with this organization. First and foremost, Twin Cities Community Hospital puts the needs of the communities we serve first, and will continue to provide high quality care right here at home.”

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