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Super painting Aug 17, 2021

Our Super can paint various parts in our building and due to his union contract he can paint even more then his previous contract stated. Our basement definitely needs a touch up but he keeps claiming that due to the fact that the paint is chipping a bit it has lead and he can’t touch it. Our basement looks bad and it’s not good when potential buyers come and view the space and building. My question is if there really is lead exposed then why is he working there or others are walking there all day long? Wouldn’t we as a co-op have to have that cleaned up or professionally removed? I think sometimes union members love to make excuses not to do something. Also he used to paint part of the basement and Of course since he hasn’t in a bit it’s chipping away more and more.

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Super Painting - Steven424 Aug 18, 2021

I think the easiest solution is to hire a lead and asbestos testing company to perform a survey of your entire building. That way you can authoritatively respond to your Super's hesitancy. As a bonus, you could also be made aware of the much larger issue of needing lead and/or asbestos abatement. Either could be a very time-consuming, disruptive, expensive project, and the sooner you find out about it, the better you'll be able to plan and budget for it.

I've found that "making excuses" is not limited to union members. Either your employees act professionally and responsibly or they don't. Being a union building works both ways. If you strive to maintain good relations with your union there's a lot they can do for you. This is not always possible given individual human nature, but I've found comity usually works better than confrontation.

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