On Monday, a group of construction workers in Los Angeles were forced to march to their union office in a protest that was called by the union, the Local 100.
The protest was sparked by the lack of pay raises and other demands by workers at the construction company, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
The union, which represents 1,400 construction workers, has also called for a “living wage,” a living wage of $15 per hour for construction workers and the elimination of work breaks for those working in the construction industry.
But while many of those demands have been met by the construction companies, there have been some notable setbacks.
In January, construction companies lost a court battle with the California Labor Commission over a proposed rule that would have required workers to be paid at least $15 an hour.
Construction companies have also filed a class-action lawsuit in California claiming that the state’s labor commission, in its recent rulemaking, did not properly consider whether workers were required to be fully compensated for the work they do.
At a rally held on Friday, a number of the construction workers who marched to their labor union office said they were not willing to give up on their union.
“We’re here to say, ‘Please, if you don’t want us to go on strike, just don’t do this,'” one of the protesters said, referring to the strike by the local construction workers.
Other protesters, including a man wearing a “Workers for a Better Future” T-shirt, said they would not back down from a strike unless the companies agreed to pay them a living-wage.
Last week, a Los Angeles judge ruled that the Los Angeles City Council would have to consider whether to approve the contract between Skid, Owing and Merrill and the union.
The council would be responsible for ratifying the contract if it did not.
On Thursday, the California Department of Labor and Industries (DOLI) said the union had failed to make the proposed living- wage agreement a “bargaining chip” that would be accepted by construction companies.
While the workers have been striking for months, the situation is likely to get worse, according to the Los Angles Business Journal.
Workers at SkidMORE, OwING and Merrill are scheduled to return to work on Monday.