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Union calls out Michigan business for allegedly hiring out-of-state

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Local union members are calling out a Michigan business for allegedly hiring out-of-state workers despite city tax breaks. 

Several members have assembled a picket line outside the old Saginaw News Building on the corner of Federal and S. Washington in downtown Saginaw.  They're chanting "Saginaw first!" 

Spokesperson Chris Taylor said contractor Bierlein Companies allegedly brought in "out of town" workers who are stealing jobs from local people.

The union also claims the company is receiving tax breaks from Michigan taxpayers and the city of Saginaw for the SVRC Marketplace project in Saginaw, yet the jobs are going to employees from out-of-state. 

“The only reason this project is possible is because Michigan taxpayers stepped up to give over $1 million in grant and tax abatements for the project, and yet this contractor is using those tax dollars to hire out-of-state workers,” said Brent Pilarski, business manager of LIUNA Local 1098. “Too many companies are getting tax breaks for projects without real accountability. This project is just one more example of the problem.”

The SVRC Marketplace project is to create a space where the community can buy produce from local farmers. 

The union said the construction of the facility should share the same spirit. 

“A majority of the workers on the project are from Indiana but 100 percent of the tax breaks are from the pockets of Michigan workers. These taxes could have gone to fix our roads, invest in our schools, and help support police and fire protection,” Pilarski said.  

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