Maybe shoulda Googled ‘rat contractor’?


Operating Engineers Local 701’s “Rat Tracker” took a trip out the Columbia River Gorge to The Dalles March 31 to protest the use of Crestline Construction on the Google expansion project. Their mission: let the public know that Crestline, a heavy civil general contractor and construction management firm headquartered in The Dalles, doesn’t have a state-approved apprenticeship program.

“Apprenticeship offers people a path to a rewarding job with excellent health insurance,” said Local 701 Business Manager Jimbo Anderson. “A family-wage job with full family medical benefits is especially important during this pandemic.”

Additionally, because Crestline Construction is owned by Kerr Contractors of Woodburn and uses Kerr equipment, the union displayed a “Shame on Kerr” banner for harboring the non-union company.


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