Over the last few days, a group of iron workers has been protesting the use of non-union labor on one of the many construction projects at Montclair State University. And they’ve brought a friend: a huge inflatable rat. The teeth-baring rodent is connected to a generator that keeps it aloft near Sprague Field on Normal Ave.
“Usually we work well with the university on big projects,” says Mike McKernan, business agent for iron workers from local 11 in Bloomfield. “But when they have a smaller project, like the announcer’s box, they sub it out and don’t pay a fair living wage.”
We’ve asked MSU to comment, and will update the story as we learn more.