The oversized rodent took up residence in front of the luxury hotel on River Road in New Hope to help draw attention to the use of nonunion labor at the site.
“It’s a peaceful demonstration to raise awareness in the community that the electrical subcontractor they hired is not paying the area standard for wages and benefits,” explained Anthony Angelico, Business Representative for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 269.
“We represent electrical workers, and a good majority of them live in Bucks County,” he continued. “The contractor in question is from Elmer, N.J. They come into Bucks and make their money, and they spend it elsewhere. We live here, we work here, we spend out money here.”
In fact, the hotel’s current electrical subcontractor was in the news a lot last year, and not in a good way. Dru DiSilvestro, manager of Eric M. Krise Electrical Contractor LLC, allegedly harassed a female underling while litigating separate claims that he flashed his penis and left a dildo on the desk of another female employee, according to the New York Post.
Angelico said he’s contacted Riverhouse at Odette’s owners Gateway to New Hope LLC about hiring local electricians, but can’t even get his foot in the door.
“We reached out to Odette’s to bring them to more local contractors, and they decided to not even give them an opportunity to bid on the process,” he said. We weren’t invited to take a shot at it. And that’s not fair to the people that live around here.”
“Odette’s is advertising that they’re bringing a luxury lifestyle to New Hope, but they want to cut corners on the work that’s being done,” he said.
Gateway to New Hope did not respond to a request for comment.