D’Ambra Steel Services
is one of the largest rebar and concretereinforcing contractors in theSouthwest. Based in Houston,Texas and with an oce inDallas, they employ many ironworkers throughout Texas, NewMexico, and Arizona.
They also fabricate rebar throughan associated company, D
FabRebar Group in El Paso, Texas.D’Ambra Steel workers helpconstruct a variety of structures,including oce buildings,apartments, highways, schools,casinos, convenon centers,government buildings, and watertreatment plants.Unfortunately, D’Ambra Steel hasa history of worker abuse andmistreatment. In May 2012,several D’Ambra workers inDallas went on strike to protestthe lack of drinking water on the jobsites, low wages and nobenets, and other injusces.One of these strikers, OmarRendon explained, “I wantD’Ambra to act responsibly andtreat us beer so that we can dohigher
quality work. I want themto provide the things we need atwork, like safety equipment andwater.”
“They don’t put waterout for us. They don’tgive us gloves. Theydon’t give us much of theequipment that we haveto use. We start working,but then later they justwant more, more, andmore. There are meswhen it’s a struggle,you’re red. They’ll makeyou work late one day,and the next day they’llmake you go in late. On anormal day, [I work] only eight hours.
[Somemes] they make us work late,
unl nine, ten, eight. And the followingday they make us go in late. You can’t goin early, they make you go in late.
[I’m striking] to see if they change
things, if they improve things. That theyprovide water for us, because they don’teven give us a cooler for water. Thatthey treat us beer. [In terms of safetyequipment, the company] doesn’tprovide anything. First of all, [you need]a harness, gloves, goggles, they don’tprovide a hardhat; they provide none of these things. One has to buy it.More than anything, when one getshurt, it’s the scratches, it’s the cuts, andyou have to take care of them on yourown. Your hands get cut, since the barsare sharp, you get cut, and you just haveto take care of it on your own. The boss just says, “Oh, that’s nothing.” That’swhat he says, just like that.
Omar Rendon,striking worker
D’Ambra Steel is usually hired by generalcontractors. These businesses, the projectowners, and associated public enesshould demand that all contractors on the jobsite treat workers fairly, obey the law, andmaintain the highest standards of ethicalbusiness pracces.
All those organizaons that prot fromD’Ambra Steel’s work are morallyaccountable and ulmately responsible forthe pracces that D’Ambra Steel uses.
Theyshould say unequivocally that they willnot support businesses that abuseworkers and ensure that all current andfuture projects do not contract with, andwill not contract with unscrupulous
Coalition for Ironworker Justice
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University of Texas students, public employees, and other supporters stand with striking workers in front of theUT System Administration oces waiting to speak to a representative. D’Ambra Steel workers haveexperienced abusive conditions at several UT System institutions, including UTD and MD Anderson.
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