Carpenters’ Union has always stood for the principle of a fair day’s work for a
fair day’s pay. Our members go to work and get the job done with
professionalism and skill. In return our members want what all other working people
want; the community’s living wage standard, good health benefits and a safe
there are times when contractors choose to pay their workers less than the
established Area Standards for wages and benefits, or don’t follow the
necessary safety protocols. This not only affects the workers and their
families, it hurts our communities.
too often contractors will cut wages to secure the lowest bid on a project. To remain competitive, other contractors are
then forced to follow suit. This “Race to the Bottom,” as we call it, causes a
reduction in consumer spending which hurts our local economies. With reduced or
eliminated health benefits, workers are forced to rely on government programs
for assistance-- all at the taxpayers’ expense.
District Council does not believe the “Race to the Bottom” is an acceptable way
of doing business in our communities. We believe maintaining Area Standards
keeps contractors competitive and our workers trained and highly skilled, all
of which benefits our community. We will continue our fight for all Carpenters,
union or not, to receive a decent wage and benefits. For us, it’s about providing
for our families and building and sustaining strong communities.
We thank you
for your support of this issue.
is a carpenter contractor run by a former District Council member, with his
wife listed as the owner. The company's office is located in St. Louis,
Missouri. Raineri Construction is engaged in primarily what is termed “light
construction,” commercial construction on privately financed projects under $3
million, but it also does some work in the public sector, mostly on school
projects. While required by law to pay the wage and fringe benefits Area
Standards for carpenter work on public sector projects, Raineri Construction
does not pay the Area Standards on privately financed projects. We have
informed the public about this company’s “race to the bottom” practices by the
display of banners at its offices and at projects it has worked in the
area. We intend to continue our
bannering efforts to keep the public aware of this this company’s harmful
practices and would greatly appreciate your contacting us at (314) 644-4800 if
you learn that Raineri Construction is working in your neighborhood. Thank you.