IBEW questions temp agency hiring practices


The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is pressuring a St. Paul temp agency to explain why it refused to place fully qualified, union electricians into a recently advertised opening.

IBEW Local 292, based in Minneapolis, claims the agency, Pro Vision Staffing Group, posted an ad through Minnesota Job Banks seeking 10 security and fire-alarm installers. But one of the union’s business agents, Stephen Everheart, said that when he applied, Pro Vision said the positions had been filled.

A community member talks with IBEW members (front to back) Adam Saralampi, Mark Nelson, Tony Camarillo and Jacob Schmidt, who maintained a picket line outside Pro Vision Staffing Group in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood Wednesday. The union has filed charges of unfair labor practices against the temp agency for refusing to place union employees.

Further, Local 292 claims, Pro Vision refused to accept employment applications from several more fully qualified, union electricians on Aug. 7, prompting the union to file charges of unfair labor practices against the temp agency.

Local 292 members are maintaining a picket line outside Pro Vision Staffing Group’s offices, located on the corner of Vandalia Street and University Avenue in the Midway neighborhood, during business hours this week.

The union urges supporters to call Pro Vision Staffing Group and urge management to stop discriminating against union workers. The phone number is 651-644-4490.

Michael Moore edits The Union Advocate, the official publication of the St. Paul Trades & Labor Assembly.