But the Vista Ridge park is a loser for skilled workers who might have earned a paycheck from that large job, said Gary Sharette of Laborers Union Local 185 in Redding.Sharette
represents some 500 contractors and workers in six north state counties.
Redding asked Sharette
to write a letter supporting the Vista Ridge park project to speed up the state's approval process under the prevailing wage law.He
"We're not against volunteering and we're not against kids," said Sharette
.Construction unions donated labor to two of Redding's curvaceous concrete welcome signs, he
said.They have also supported Little League
and area schools.
"But this is a sizable job.I have to protect men and women who could have worked.I don't want to put anyone out of work, union or nonunion," said Sharette
, who represents contractors that would bid on the Vista Ridge park.
Some $925,000 sits in Redding's park development account.The city can afford to bid the entire project, said Sharette