It apparently came as a surprise to mall employees when hundreds of union workers dressed in their union tees, hard-hats and boots converged on the Deptford Mall yesterday morning.
According to reports on NJ.com, the calm and quiet rally was in opposition to the mall’s decision to use out-of-state workers for an upcoming remodeling project to rearrange the placement of escalators and elevators.
“Deptford Mall has always worked with union employees because their families all shop here,” one labor worker said in the article. “Prior to this, there was an agreement to do with labor unions. Now the work is going to out-of-state, non-union workers. They don’t lie in this area. They’re putting local people out of work. We were showing mall management that we’re their clientele.”
Mall representatives did not comment on the rally, the cost of the renovations, or who it was that currently held the contract.
The rally ended around 12 p.m. when the workers headed to the food court for lunch.