Noose incident leads unions to call for culture change in construction

July 16, 2020 / Heather Nahmias

by Don McIntosh

July 1, 2020


About 7:30 a.m. May 20, a first year apprentice plumber on COVID safety duty was roving around a construction site wiping down high-touch surfaces with bleach rags when she saw something that gave her a jolt.

On the second floor between two construction elevator doors, someone had hung a thin 30-inch long rope from some wires, tied in the shape of a noose.

“It was shocking,” she later told the Labor Press. “Why would somebody do that?”

Co-workers on the Southwest Fourth and Montgomery site know who she is, but the apprentice asked that her name not be used in this story. This is her second job in a career she’s excited about, and she doesn’t want this encounter to follow her around on the Internet for eternity.

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