Where’s the Beef? Unions Aim Target At Buona Beef After Endorsing Anti-Union Administration in Oak Lawn Election
At least two labor unions are targeting Buona Beef and its construction site in Oak Lawn in an attempt to force the privately owned beef sandwich entrepreneurs to contract with construction companies that only employ union subcontractors. The Sheet Metal Workers, Carpenters Local 141, and IBEW Local 134 (the electricians) have requested copies of documents from the Oak Lawn Village Hall through the freedom of information process. The unions are asking for documents like the licenses of every subcontractor and general contractor that is working on the property where a Buona Beef will be built at 95th and Merrimac. The requests come shortly after two of the Buonavolanto family members were arrested after allegedly getting into a skirmish with union protesters outside the Berwyn store, which is not under construction and was the first one of the family’s restaurants.
The union’s beef seems to be thin. The unions endorsed Sandra Bury in her re-election despite her clear anti-union record against firefighters and 911 dispatchers. Now, the unions are targeting a private business that didn’t hire a union general contractor? It all sounds cheesy. What’s next, targeting business owners if they use non-union labor at their homes? Better yet, let’s target residents that shop at Walmart.
That’s a lot of Rentals for a Village Built on Families
If you don’t care about union beefs with private companies, you may care that Invitation Homes and Waypoint homes have merged. The new Mega home rental company now have almost 700 rental homes in Oak Lawn. The village was once a place where homeowners lived in their homes but times are changing.
The previous Board of Trustees did pass a law that requires landlords to register the building.
Neighbors Up In Arms over Development
The Karras property at 50th Court and 95th Street went through the Planning and Development Board process easily but neighbors in the area apparently don’t like the plan. A flyer has been distributed claiming that the site will include a Dunkin Donuts on the first floor and multiple floors of “condos” above the store. The neighbors have several concerns about the plan which they say was changed from what they were previously told. One of the biggest complaints is the lack of parking and here’s hoping that somebody realizes that parking is a problem already. Slightly to the west, customers complain about the parking at the development that includes the bank, Smashburger, and other outlets.
The Karras property request will go before the Mayor and Board of Trustees on September 12th. The flyer is urging all Oak Lawn residents to contact their respective Trustees and Mayor Sandra Bury requesting that they stop the development. Here’s betting that they won’t because the village paid $800,000 to buy the property and it has a $1.5 million dollar hole in its current budget. While it is a hole of their own making, don’t look for the administration to take the rap.
Missing Girl Found In Oak Lawn
This story seemed to slip by a couple of weeks ago, but it isn’t too late to spread the word. A fifteen year old girl, from Gilman, Illinois, for two weeks, was found about two weeks ago at a residence in Oak Lawn. The young girl was found unharmed by Oak Lawn’s police department after they acted on a tip from Iroquois County Police. She reportedly left her home area with a 20 year old man.