Tell BRE Properties: Respect Our Veterans
On Veterans Day, November 11th, 2013, a delegation of sheet metal worker veterans from the Vietnam, Gulf, and Afghan wars had a message for BRE CEO Connie Moore.
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They demanded that BRE should provide Middle Class job opportunities and to employ apprentices from approved State of California Apprenticeship Programs. BRE has refused to reach an agreement with Sheet Metal Workers' Local 104 that would ensure our veterans got the opportunity they deserve.
Once the delegation arrived to the elevator, they were notified that they would not be allowed access to Connie Moore and she had expressed a strong desire NOT to meet with the veterans. The veteran delegation returned to their supporters outside. Two veterans, both of whom are sheet metal workers, William Leighton and Jason Hutton, held their ground when the police would no longer allow the protest outside of the building. They were arrested for trespassing and cited and released on the other side of Market Street.
SMART prides itself about its policy giving a select number of veterans the opportunity at direct entry into our Trade. Two years ago at the first Campaign for Jobs Conference, one of the main goals adopted by the over 250 rank and file Campaign for Jobs leaders present was to create a direct entry program for veterans to give them the opportunity to return from war with their head held high.
SMART will continue to stand by our veterans. Contact BRE CEO Connie Moore below and demand she respect our returning veterans. Also, please share this video and spread the word that we will not let developers stomp over the respect and dignity our veterans deserve.