NAC Owner: Anti-Union Claims False, Union Electrician on the Job

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542 have protested the lack of union contractors on the NAC renovation project but the owner now says a union electrician has been hired for the job.

Newtown Athetlic Club owner Jim Worthington says the public attacks that he’s anti-union are unfounded – and he’s got a $750,000 contract to prove it.

Last fall, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542 set up picket lines and distributed fliers to protest Worthington’s lack of union contractors on a multi-million dollar construction project at the health club.

But now, there is a union contractor on the job. Worthington said he has recently hired MJF Contracting & Maintenance of Trevose to complete the electrical work for the outdoor pool project. The contract, which is for roughly $750,000, is the second largest on the job, he noted.

Worthington said MJF was hired after they revised a bid to tighten the numbers. Once the figures were reworked and the bid fit into Worthington’s budget for the project, the club owner said “we were happy to hire them.”

“We’re not anti-union, we just need competitive pricing,” Worthington said. “The way to get business is to sharpen your pencils and make it work and to their credit, they did that.” 

The NAC is currently in the middle of significant improvements to the facility, including a new field house, turf field and outdoor pool complex complete with a lazy river.

Last fall, a dispute with IUOE Local 542 went public, with union members staking out at Council Rock North to distribute a flyer that said “Wanted” with Worthingon’s picture underneath.  

The flyer read: “tell Jim to stop destroying the American middle class and hire contractors that pay their employees fairly.” It listed Worthington’s cell phone, his home address and his wife’s cell phone.

Tim January 17, 2013 at 08:48 PM
We all know unions act like thugs these days. He's lucky they didn't come in overnight and vandalize his project like they did in Chestnut Hill recently (over $500K in damage). The union talks about being fair and generous, but god forbid they don't like what you're doing (regardless of your standing in the community) they'll be the first to destroy your reputation and your project. Screw them.
Tim K January 17, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Kudos to the union AND the NAC for coming to a reasonable agreement. Sounds like EVERYbody benefited.
Dave January 18, 2013 at 02:55 AM
The tactics used by unions are disgraceful. It's not uncommon for them to have bus loads of people protest in front someone's house, terrorizing innocent families to try and make their point. It's no wonder that few support these thugs.
joe conso January 18, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I have heard nothing but great things about this man but he should never have given in to the union pressure. Unions are not needed anymore in this country and they are only for the lazy man. They are nothing but a bunch of thugs who strong arm folks to get the vote and be on their side. They represent everything that is bad about this country.
Linda Mitchell January 18, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Thanks Joe, for the vote of confidence. There was no pressure, the union just came in with a really good bid so they got this job.


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