Construction is seasonal work. With each passing day the empty lot stays empty, it's a workable day wasted, and a dollar out of pocket. "Unemployment has run out for a lot of our members. So they don't have anything going." Russell says his members have a sour taste in their mouths over this delay. He says some of them feel like this is a class conflict between a wealthy business owner throwing up a roadblock and the blue collar workers that are out of work. "There is that and like our members they look at that and they think that's all it is, is greed."
Russell says he's trying to keep morale high and hope the issue is resolved soon. "At the end of the day I've got a lot of people that are upset. Outside of them wanting to go out there and walk picket on these people's places and businesses. We don't do that. We don't want to do that. We try to tell our people to be calm. Things are going to happen. We will see."
Russell estimates 200 workers will be hired for the hotel construction. Which would be much needed for all labor unions in the area.