The Georgia lockscreen lockmiths who were targeted by an angry mob of homeowners in an escalating feud with residents who were upset that the locksmith had replaced their locks in a nearby garage.
The lock makers told TechCrunch they had filed a complaint with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after the incident, but it appears the authorities are ignoring their concerns.
“They told us to ignore it, we ignored it,” said Bill Smith, president of the Lockmakers Union of Georgia.
“We just got a phone call and told them to take it seriously.
They don’t want us to be here.
I have to admit, I was surprised.
We were expecting the worst.”
Smith is the president of Georgia Lockmakers, which is made up of lock makers who are unionized and members of a community group called Lockmakers United.
Smith and other members are concerned about the retaliation and harassment that has been taking place at the lockshops in the community of Chatham County, about 10 miles north of Atlanta.
“We’re going to go on strike and the locks are going to be knocked down, the locks were replaced,” said Smith.
“So there are locksmith’s unions in the country that are going on strike.”
Smith and other Lockmakers say that while the Georgia locks industry is not a union, the Lockmaker Union of New York is.
Georgia is not among those unionized industries, but Smith said Lockmakers USA is a small group that has an extensive membership and is looking for a new organization.
“Our goal is to get together as many locksmith unions as we can,” said Scott Taylor, the president.
“And we want to be involved with the Lock makers unions.”
Smith said the Lock Maker Union of Louisiana has been looking for ways to improve their relationship with Lockmakers and Lockmakers UK.
“If they want to do anything we can do,” said Taylor.
“There is a lot of work that needs to be done to bridge the gap and improve things.
And we’re ready to do that.”
The Georgia Lock makers are not the only ones who are getting into trouble.
In March, the Georgia police department issued an order to remove a lock maker who posted pictures on social media of a lock that had been knocked down.
In July, the city of Atlanta also issued an eviction notice to a locksmith who was trying to remove lock boxes from a building that is currently under construction.
“The locksmith was upset because he didn’t get his locks back,” said Joe Hill, the mayor of Channahon.
“He was also upset that a locksmoker went out of business.
The city of Chachany had been doing a good job on that.
We’re working with them to try to get the locks back.
We need more locksmith union representation in the city.
There’s so many locksmokers that work for us.
We don’t need the city to go out of its way to do it.”
The locks are coming off in Chatham, as well.
After the Lockmasters Union of South Carolina filed a lawsuit against Lockmakers for retaliating against members of the union, which includes the locks, the company issued an apology to members and pledged to address any issues with the locks that may have been caused by its actions.
“If you’re a locksman, we appreciate your work,” said Steve Taylor, a spokesman for Lockmakers.
“The locks were not replaced, and we do not intend to engage in any further action against members.
We will work with the union to find the appropriate resolution.””
We want to work with our locksmith workers to resolve these issues,” said Hill.
“It’s frustrating for the community to have people with lock skills coming to their communities and destroying the community.”