Parts of the elementary school building renovation project have been put on hold because of picketing.
United Union of Roofers Local, Terre Haute No. 150 members are upset because they feel "cheated" the roofing work at Meridian Elementary is not being done by union workers.
"The majority of the work done on this site has gone to union workers," representative Jeff Hayes said. "Horning Roofing (Indianapolis) is a non-union company."
Horning was awarded the roofing contracts for bid package three (Meridian, Staunton and East Side Elementary Schools) and bid package four (Clay City Elementary, Forest Park Elementary, Jackson Township Elementary and Van Buren Elementary Schools) in September 2009.
Hayes is a firm believer in keeping money in the community.
"If it was a union job, then the money earned by the roofers would stay here," he said. "Union members who live in Clay County and pay taxes in Clay County are watching that money go to people that don't live in Clay County."
There was a previous picket line at Staunton Elementary a few months ago.
Clay Community Schools Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger commented on how the only construction currently taking place at Meridian is the roofing because the other workers who are unionized cannot cross the picket line.
"The union has chosen to picket the job site because the roofing contractor is non-union," he said. "There is no law that the workers must belong to a union. Everything Clay Community Schools has done as far as awarding the contract has been within the law."
According to both Reberger and Hayes, there will be some changes made within the next week or so. A second gate will be set up on the property where union employees may enter. Certified letters will be sent out when that second gate is completed. At that time, construction will resume on the building and the picket line can only remain at the non-union entrance.
Though construction has slowed due to the picket, Principal Karen Phillips commented on how it has not affected the education in the classrooms.
"Classes are continuing," she said. "This has not had an impact on the students education at Meridian."