Teamsters strike concrete industry after contract talks stall

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Caseyville, IL – About 80 members of Teamsters Local 50 went on strike last week against several Metro East concrete companies. Picketing at Breckenridge of Illinois are (from left) Tom Jones, Tom Voegele and Jim Hayes. The Teamsters have been delivering concrete under their expired contract for a year-and-a-half, leading the union to file an unfair labor practices case with the National Labor Relations Board. No new talks were being held last week. – Labor Tribune photo

Caseyville, IL – Close to 80 members of Teamsters Local 50 in St. Clair County went on strike on July 17 against seven concrete companies after joint contract talks dragged on for a year and a half.

The dispute affects the seven concrete providers in the Metro-East that negotiate as a group. Teamsters members deliver the concrete to construction sites, which may be shut down as a result of the strike.

Scott Alexander, president of Local 50, said the workers are enthusiastic and ready to fight for their contract.

“We didn’t want to strike, but it had been such a long time, so it was inevitable,” he said.

Remaining contract issues include wages, healthcare and pensions.

“They want us to take a substantially reduced package, and we just won’t do that,” Alexander said.

The companies involved are:

  • Concrete Supply of Illinois.
  • Breckenridge of Illinois.
  • Kienstra Illinois.
  • Steel Rebar Manufacturing.
  • Rogers Redi Mix.
  • Upchurch Ready Mix Concrete.
  • Red-E-Mix

By Saturday, Alexander said he had heard about a few construction sites being affected, but had heard nothing from the companies about restarting negotiations.

“There seems to be no movement at this point, but it’s early,” he said.

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