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Group pickets Holland Partners

Carpenters union says developer's subcontractors on area projects pay unfair wages.

November 24, 2013|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com
  • Protestors stand on Brand Blvd. holding a sign protesting Holland Partners on Friday, November 22, 2013. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Protestors stand on Brand Blvd. holding a sign protesting…

A developer behind three apartment projects in the works in Glendale is getting heat from a Los Angeles-area union for hiring subcontractors that allegedly don't meet the bargaining group's standards for fair wages and benefits.

Carpenters Local 209, which represents concrete workers, has representatives stationed at Brand and Wilson avenues in front of a Holland Partners project holding a white banner that reads "Shame on Mr. Clyde Holland and Holland Partners" and passing out yellow fliers that describe the labor dispute. Clyde Holland is the company's chief executive.

Washington-based Holland Partners plans to build three six-story developments along three blocks of Wilson Avenue, bringing a combined total of 554 apartments to the downtown core.

Two of the projects — one at Brand and Wilson avenues the other at Orange Street and Wilson — are under construction, but a third may not come online for some time. Holland Partners has a 14-year contract to develop the third complex, slated at Central and Wilson.

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Tom Warren, chief operating officer of Holland Development in Southern California, said the company had no comment about the labor dispute.

The Holland Partners projects are three of several new apartment complexes coming to downtown Glendale with more than 2,000 units under construction or in the pipeline.

In addition to being behind several projects, Holland Partners is also the sole corporate donor to Glendale's 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. The company donated $10,000 to the city for the float.

Although representatives from Carpenters Local 209 would not talk about the conflict, Dan Macdonald, business manager for a partner union, Carpenters Local 1506, said the bargaining group has had a long-running campaign against one of the subcontractors, California Structural Concepts.

"The carpenters union feels it has a responsibility to uphold those wage and benefit standards within our industry," Macdonald said, noting that concrete workers at the Holland Partners projects in Glendale are getting paid $12 to $15 an hour with substandard benefits, while area labor standards dictate carpenters be paid $27 per hour.

"He's paying a wage that would never allow any worker to live in those apartments," Macdonald said.

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