LA Times covers Arroyo Grande union dispute
February 10, 2010
The long-simmering standoff between an old-fashioned ice cream parlor in Arroyo Grande and an out-of-town labor union has caught the eye of statewide media. [Los Angeles Times]
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, based in Ventura County, has been protesting outside of Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab since last October. Paid union members have been hoisting a 15-foot-wide banner, “Shame on Doc Burstein’s Ice Cream Lab” on Branch Street in the Village.
Their beef? Union officials claim that Doc Burnstein’s owner, Greg Steinberger, is using a company that allegedly pays low wages. Steinberger is currently planning to open a second ice cream store in the renovated Santa Maria Mall. The contractors on the project, who do not work for Steinberger, are using a non-union drywall company.
“I don’t know what it will take to make them go away,” Steinberger said, insisting that he has no control over the renovation of the mall.
A similar campaign by the same labor union has targeted Meathead Movers in San Luis Obispo.