Critics: Union cemetery protest is in bad taste

Union members? protest outside a Westbury cemetery Monday is drawing criticism from many whose loved ones are buried there.

Members of Building and Construction Trade Council gathered and set up an inflatable rat to protest Holy Rood Cemetery for using out-of-state workers to install new crypts.

Union president Jim Castellane says the protest is not meant to be disrespectful. He says it?s necessary because 35 percent of his union workers are unemployed.

A spokesman for the Diocese of Rockville Centre told News 12 Long Island the diocese respects the union's right to protest, but it finds it in poor taste to do it where people mourn.

The diocese says it plans to use union workers to do other work at the cemetery.

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