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    :: Friday, February 15, 2008 ::

    Minority union members still struggle to work - By Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer
    Robert Sturgis, 53, an African American carpenter with 30 years' experience under his tool belt, wanted the kind of pay and benefits that can come with being in a union.

    So, at a time when the building trades are trying to increase their minority participation, Sturgis, of Clementon, N.J., called the carpenters' union to help organize the five workers in his group - all of them African American.

    The upshot?

    Two of the three carpenters who voted in favor of the union were laid off this year by their employer, Westrum Development Co., of Fort Washington.
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