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They won't build it! Hardhats vow not to work on controversial mosque near Ground Zero
NY Daily News ^ | August 20, 2010 | Samuel Goldsmith

Posted on 08/20/2010 5:59:26 AM PDT by Second Amendment First

A growing number of New York construction workers are vowing not to work on the mosque planned near Ground Zero.

"It's a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground," said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.

"I wouldn't work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11," Kaiser said.

The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the "Hard Hat Pledge" on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.

"Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country," said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. "People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there."

"Hopefully, this will be a tool to get them to move it," he said. "I got a problem with this ostentatious building looming over Ground Zero."

A planned 13-story community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, Park51 has exploded into a national debate.

Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers' Association, said unions have not yet taken a "formal position" on Park51, but he understands why members would be hesitant to work there.

"It's a very difficult dilemma for the contractors and the organized labor force because we are experiencing such high levels of unemployment," he said. "Yet at the same time, this is a very sacred sight to the union guys."

"There were construction workers killed on 9/11 and many more who got horribly sick cleaning up Ground Zero," Coletti said. "It's very emotional."

L.V. Spina, a Manhattan construction worker who created anti-mosque stickers that some workers are slapping on their hardhats, said he would "rather pick cans and bottles out of trash cans" than build the Islamic center near Ground Zero.

"But if they moved it somewhere else, we would put up a prime building for these people," he said. "Hell, you could do it next to my house in Rockaway Beach, I would be fine with it. But I'm not fine with it where blood has been spilled."

Spina, who sells 9/11 apparel on his website, said he's printed thousands of stickers and plans to produce thousands more.

"They're going all over the country," he said. "They got pretty popular fast."

Popularity aside, there are some construction workers choosing not to set themselves against the project.

"Hundreds of guys here are wearing stickers as a sign of protest, but I'm on the fence about it," said Frank Langan, 50, a site superintendent from Queens working at Ground Zero.

"It's a tough debate," he said. "I sympathize with workers' position, but at the same time, you can't single out all Muslims because of a small number of terrorists."


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Others are saying that architects and engineers won't want to be associated with this also. This isn't going to go away soon.
1 posted on 08/20/2010 5:59:28 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

We’ll see what the union workers do when it comes time for the jobs.


2 posted on 08/20/2010 6:02:19 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Second Amendment First

I wonder how long it will be before the ‘press’ begins to diss the construction workers? You know, start calling them uneducated, unenlightened, that sort of thing. At least these guys have their heads on right and I applaud them!


3 posted on 08/20/2010 6:02:22 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: Second Amendment First

Well Frank, it’s not a small number. Even if you go with the 10% estimate. It’s 110 Million.


4 posted on 08/20/2010 6:03:20 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Second Amendment First

There is a poll there that needs freeping plus a message board.


5 posted on 08/20/2010 6:03:40 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Second Amendment First

There is a poll there that needs freeping plus a message board.


6 posted on 08/20/2010 6:03:42 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Second Amendment First

They’ll just bring in muslim workers from all across the world to work on it..................


7 posted on 08/20/2010 6:04:04 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Second Amendment First

I wish that the boycott would be extended to all mosques, anywhere in America.

Most of them are dens of terrorism, subversion, and hate!!!!


8 posted on 08/20/2010 6:04:55 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Second Amendment First
"It's a tough debate. I sympathize with workers' position, but at the same time, you can't single out all Muslims because of a small number of terrorists."

Frank Langan, 50, site superintendent from Queens working at Ground Zero

Go right ahead and work on it, Frank.


9 posted on 08/20/2010 6:04:55 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Second Amendment First

I wonder if they’ll just get a bunch of Somali workers to build it.


10 posted on 08/20/2010 6:05:23 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Had enough, yet?)
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To: Carley; cardinal4

These union guys helped put the imam in the White House. Will they take a principled stand and refuse to build it, or will their bosses make them?


11 posted on 08/20/2010 6:05:33 AM PDT by Ax
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To: Frantzie

Poll Results

Thank you for voting.

A Landmarks panel vote clears the way for a mosque near Ground Zero. Is it an appropriate location for the mosque?

Yes, there is no reason why it should not be there. 76%
No, it does not belong so near the site of the 9/11 attacks. 24%
I’m not sure. 0%


12 posted on 08/20/2010 6:05:41 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Second Amendment First

I can see it now. It is late afternoon and over the ashes of ground zero comes the echoing call to prayer over the loudspeakers of the Mosque. As Obama says one of the best sounds he has ever heard. Disgusting.


13 posted on 08/20/2010 6:06:36 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: Second Amendment First

"That's a nice design for a mosque ya got there. Only thing is, I am not sure that you have chosen a proper venue for this establishment. Yaknowhatimean? I'm just sayin' it would be a shame if something untoward were to happen during the construction. Yaknowhatimsayin?"

14 posted on 08/20/2010 6:07:07 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Honorary Serb

No wonder the Liberals love them so much. They are anti-american too.


15 posted on 08/20/2010 6:07:47 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: Carley

That’s my question. The workers may legitimately feel that way, but we all know for whom the union thugs work.


16 posted on 08/20/2010 6:07:47 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: Carley

I agree. With 10% unempoyment, and higher in the NYC building industry, I doubt there will be the eagerness to forego jobs that pay$30-60 an hour.A lot of these guys haven’t held a real job in months, and the day jobs that used to tide them over during the winters and off times are being done by illegals. So when the bids start going out I expect both the construction companies and unions to be there.


17 posted on 08/20/2010 6:08:40 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: ClearCase_guy

A little abatement by self help—it may be time for that soon.


18 posted on 08/20/2010 6:08:40 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: Frantzie
Every poll I've seen on this issue shows about 65% against the mosque. Surprisingly, this poll's results are just the opposite:

Yes, there is no reason why it should not be there. 76%
No, it does not belong so near the site of the 9/11 attacks. 24%
I'm not sure. 0%
19 posted on 08/20/2010 6:08:50 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Frantzie
The groveling dhimmis are winning the poll so far!!!!

And they have no room for my position--no mosques anywhere!!!!

20 posted on 08/20/2010 6:10:51 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Mayor Bloomberg should lose his job over his bungling of this situation and the current Landmark Preservation Committee should be disbanded. The Imam owes the country an apology for his blindness or is it his determination to have a Victory Monument to Islam...in which case we will never have an apology.


21 posted on 08/20/2010 6:11:04 AM PDT by yoe ("N" is for NO for Progressives in government.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Woooooooo Hoooooooo! GOOD people!


22 posted on 08/20/2010 6:11:04 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Red Badger; Jeremiah Jr; Yehuda; null and void; sheik yerbouty; Diego1618; Armaggedon
"It's a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground," said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.

>>>They’ll just bring in muslim workers from all across the world to work on it.................. <<<

It has quite the familiar ring:

Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily [sacrifice], and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

23 posted on 08/20/2010 6:11:08 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Second Amendment First
"Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country," said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. "People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there."

"Sullivan, you will be investigated!!!"


24 posted on 08/20/2010 6:11:40 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Carley

better yet where do unions stand on this issue


25 posted on 08/20/2010 6:11:54 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Second Amendment First
L.V. Spina, a Manhattan construction worker who created anti-mosque stickers that some workers are slapping on their hardhats, said he would "rather pick cans and bottles out of trash cans" than build the Islamic center near Ground Zero.


26 posted on 08/20/2010 6:13:25 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Red Badger

And we’ll see how the union deals with that...


27 posted on 08/20/2010 6:14:06 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: screaminsunshine

Trojan Horse


28 posted on 08/20/2010 6:14:11 AM PDT by 30Moves
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To: Second Amendment First

Lamestream media will simply further portray this as “Islamophobia” and American rightwing bigotry and racism..../s =.=


29 posted on 08/20/2010 6:14:18 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Red Badger

I want to see the giant inflatable rat out front of that worksite....


30 posted on 08/20/2010 6:15:46 AM PDT by Illuminatas (Obama - Dumber Than Bush!)
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To: Second Amendment First
Aren't there repercussions for union workers who refuse a union job?
31 posted on 08/20/2010 6:16:43 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.)
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To: Second Amendment First

I Wonder how many truckloads of supplies will be “lost” or “mis-shipped”? The Teamsters had friends in the Towers too.


32 posted on 08/20/2010 6:16:50 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Second Amendment First

I’m sure they have their own architects and engineers. The problem is going to be getting things to pass inspection, slow downs, lost material, delay after delay, cost over runs. A hundred million won’t even begin to cover the cost if they attempt to build that.


33 posted on 08/20/2010 6:17:10 AM PDT by McGavin999 (I'm sorry, your race card is overdrawn and no further charges can be accepted)
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To: cranked
Lamestream media will simply further portray this as “Islamophobia” and American rightwing bigotry and racism..../s =.=

Watch for the Drive-Bys to resurrect the 1970 movie "Joe"


34 posted on 08/20/2010 6:19:03 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: oh8eleven

Looks like the poll has been hit by the folks over at the dump.


35 posted on 08/20/2010 6:20:54 AM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/music/Gloria+Jane)
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To: 556x45

Good on them.


36 posted on 08/20/2010 6:23:03 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Frank is going to get his Cohones busted so bad for saying this or the cold shoulder, he is going to have a hard time on the job site....


37 posted on 08/20/2010 6:23:16 AM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Second Amendment First

No problem, its a sanctuary city, the Mexicans will build it for them.


38 posted on 08/20/2010 6:25:38 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: 30Moves

The duty of all good Muslims is to lie to the Infidels...Us. I do not trust any of them. They are anri-american and I do not see them as a legitimate religion. More of a cult and a political system. They are incompatible with our constitution.


39 posted on 08/20/2010 6:26:07 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: Second Amendment First

They probably already have the illegals from Mexico to do the job..Or get the terrorist that are already here to do the job..


40 posted on 08/20/2010 6:26:32 AM PDT by PLD (When you receive a kindness,remember it;when you bestow one,forget it)
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To: Ax

Most rank and file union workers (at least the manufacturing type guys rather than the government (non-) worker unions) that I know can be pretty conservative. They supported Regan and they helped elect W twice.

My bet is that the union leadership will not force the issue. Obama has not done manufacturing workers any favors. The NYC Public Safety Unions will have a conniption if this thing is built there.

My fondest hope is that the construction union workers refuse to build it and that Holder starts a suit against them for religious discrimination.


41 posted on 08/20/2010 6:27:27 AM PDT by Tom D. (Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benj. Franklin)
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To: Second Amendment First

More liberals would probably support non-union labor to build this mosque than would support opening a non-union Wal-Mart in Manhattan.


42 posted on 08/20/2010 6:28:55 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: Second Amendment First

Being union workers, they will do what Obama wants them to do.


43 posted on 08/20/2010 6:31:36 AM PDT by umgud (Obama is a failed experiment.)
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To: Second Amendment First

oh darn! More crazy right-wing racists! /s


44 posted on 08/20/2010 6:35:03 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: Second Amendment First

Nearly 20% unemployment in the construction industry right now—somebody will build it.


45 posted on 08/20/2010 6:37:05 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Yes!


46 posted on 08/20/2010 6:42:01 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: WKUHilltopper

there’s always those who will “do the work American’s won’t do”


47 posted on 08/20/2010 6:43:02 AM PDT by MNDude (Ask the Native American's how their "Open Borders" policy worked out for them.)
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To: Second Amendment First
you can't single out all Muslims because of a small number of terrorists."

Yes we can.

48 posted on 08/20/2010 6:43:16 AM PDT by existtoexcel
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To: Carley

Finally, something good coming from the unions!


49 posted on 08/20/2010 6:43:36 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: Don Corleone

Frustrated Cargo.


50 posted on 08/20/2010 6:44:49 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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