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Major development in fight over Marina District workers

There's progress for the Marina District. A proposed Toledo City Council ordinance that would have only allowed unions to work at the site, is off the table. There's progress for the Marina District. A proposed Toledo City Council ordinance that would have only allowed unions to work at the site, is off the table.
Toledo City Councilman Frank Szollosi. Toledo City Councilman Frank Szollosi.
Developer Larry Dillin. Developer Larry Dillin.

Reported by Colleen Wells - bio | email

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TOLEDO (WTOL) -- There's progress for the Marina District. A proposed Toledo City Council ordinance that would have only allowed unions to work at the site, is off the table.

Colleen Wells has the more on the ordinance being called a deal-breaker.

Toledo City Councilman Frank Szollosi wanted only union members to fix this site up. But, developer Larry Dillin says that would be impossible. Tonight, both sides say they're comfortable with a work force plan.

We may have heard the last of Councilman Frank Szollosi's proposed Marina District union-work only ordinance. Szollosi is pulling it, before it gets a vote. He says it's already done it's job, sending developer Larry Dillin a message.

"I believe it got his attention, and after I introduced it, he agreed to sit down with representative from carpenters, buildings, and constructions trade council," says Szollosi.

"No, no it was a wasteful piece of legislation," says Dillin.

Dillin says he's been talking with local workforce long before the proposed ordinance, which he says, if passed, would have halted the project.

"I think the message came through to council members pretty loud and clear that is was a deal breaker, and it really was unnecessary because we've had good dialogue, we continue our good dialogue, and its a cooperative environment we're in," says Dillin.

At this public meeting for the Marina District, Szollosi announced he's tabling the ordinance. Because, he says he has an agreement, both written and verbal, from Dillin that work at the Marina District will be done with prevailing wages.

"It will be a competitive environment, the union trades will likely get a good portion of the work," says Dillin. 

And Szollosi says that's what he really wanted.

"When we protect prevailing wage, we also protect the non-union construction workforce out there that's local," says Szollosi.


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