This morning, Friday March 28, 2008, the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters staged a picket line at the site of the Mississippi Avenue Lofts project (Skidmore and Mississippi Ave), demanding that contractor Gray Purcell pay area standard wages and offer area standard benefits.
The union picketers showed up at 6:30 am in the rainy and snowy morning, but the situation got heated when a private security guard for the condo-project used the metal fence to to push against the picketers, threatened to mace them, then called the police, reporting a "riot."
The police showed up and affirmed that the union picketers were within their rights to be there and to picket. What became unclear was whether or not contractor Gray Purcell had the proper permit to have their fence and cones out in the street as far as they did.
Uniformed police officers talked with a union spokesperson and contractor employee, as other cops, including one plain-clothes cop, stood around. The police decided not to take the private security guard to jail, and the picket continued.