Carpenters' Union Protest Photo Brief

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Ryan Edwards | Daily Texan Staff

Members of the Carpenters Local 1266 protest outside the future site of the Coal Vines, an upscale pizzeria chain. The union claims that Select Precision Builders, LLC, which has been contracted to build this restaurant, has improperly classified employees as independent contractor to avoid paying the payroll tax and to make them ineligible for future unemployment. They also complain that the contractor is skirting the rules by paying workers in cash. During their protest, the union members were respectful to passersby, momentarily stopping their chants and clearing a path on the sidewalk.