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Teamsters, without a contract for last year-and-a-half, go on strike Thursday

Tom Jones (from left), Dave Boatwright Tom Voegele and Jim Hayes stand with signs along Illinoiis 157 Thursday in Caseyville near Breckenridge of Illinois, LLC which produces concrete to be distributed. Jones and the others are members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 50 and are among the area Teamster truck drivers who went on strike Thursday and are picketing in various locations.
Tom Jones (from left), Dave Boatwright Tom Voegele and Jim Hayes stand with signs along Illinoiis 157 Thursday in Caseyville near Breckenridge of Illinois, LLC which produces concrete to be distributed. Jones and the others are members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 50 and are among the area Teamster truck drivers who went on strike Thursday and are picketing in various locations. News-Democrat

Some local construction sites may not be receiving concrete Thursday after about 80 metro-east laborers went on strike Thursday morning.

The Teamsters Union Local 50 in Swansea announced the work stoppage after members had been delivering ready-mix concrete while working without a contract for the past year and a half. Union president Scott Alexander said the laborers were no closer to a settlement over their wages, pension and health care benefits.

“They’re dissatisfied with their wage package, and it’s finally come to a head where the guys say it’s unacceptable,” Alexander said. “The guys are very frustrated and have had enough.”

The union has also filed unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board against two companies. Alexander would not disclose which companies have been accused.

He said no contract negotiations have been scheduled at this time.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 618-239-2526.

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