D&J Landscape Union Protest
In case you see the protest signs in front of a Park District building:
The Park District does not use D&J Landscape for landscape work, but D&J was the low bidder on the Homewood Estates Renovation construction project. The union is protesting D&J Landscape relating to projects or issues that have nothing to do with the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District.
In accordance with Illinois statutes, the Park District appropriately used the formal bid process for construction at Homewood Estates Park, the park located at 18200 California Avenue, Homewood, right behind the H-F Racquet & Fitness Club. The Park District complied with all aspects of Illinois Code and selected the lowest responsible bidder, as required by state statute, and entered into a contract with D&J Landscape for the project. D&J is required and contracted to pay prevailing wage for this project in accordance with the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act.
There are no unresolved legal issues that prevent the H-F Park District from contracting with D&J Landscape or allow the Park District to disqualify D&J and select the next low bidder.
The Illinois Labor Dispute Act allows unions to protest by locating signs and vehicles in a public right of way.
The bottom line is that the Park District has not done anything wrong, and in fact has followed Illinois statutes requiring us to select the low bidder for our project. The construction at Homewood Estates Park should be starting soon and will take approximately two months.