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Crain's: Union lockout could disrupt projects throughout Southeast Michigan

Tuesday, September 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nancy Brown
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Crain's, August 31, 2018

By Chad Livengood

More than 40 road construction companies plan to lock out hundreds of workers who operate heavy equipment on Tuesday as a summer-long labor dispute comes to a boil and could disrupt road projects throughout Southeast Michigan.

Contractors in the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association have voted to implement a "defensive lockout" of members of Operating Engineers Local 324 after the union has "refused" to negotiate a new contract, said Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of the road-builders trade group.

"The only reason for this lockout is to bring the Operating Engineers to the table and come to a resolution on a fair and equitable contract," Nystrom told Crain's. "And the only way this lockout ends is with the Operating Engineers ratifying a industry-proposed contract."...

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