Nonunion Workers Upset Over Akron Contract Proposal

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Nonunion construction workers are upset by an Akron school proposal to require union-scale wages on 800 million dollars in building projects.

More than 300 nonunion workers demonstrated yesterday in Akron. They fear harm from a union-friendly mandate to pay mostly higher union scale wages.

Trade unions and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic (pluhs-KWEHL'-ihk) say the union scale requirement would encourage hiring of workers from the Akron area.

Until a change in February, the state required hiring the lowest bidder, union or nonunion. Now local communities are allowed to require union wages if they want.