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Oak Road construction workers join union strike

June 15, 2011

Four HRP construction workers sit on strike at the corner of Oak Road and Hoham Drive Tuesday afternoon. They are part of local operating engineers union 150, asking for better wages and working conditions. The workers plan to stay on strike from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. every day until an agreement can be reached. Meanwhile, construction on Oak Road has come to a complete standstill.

PLYMOUTH — A strike that began last Thursday in parts of Northern Indiana reached Plymouth Tuesday. Construction workers who are members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, including those working on the Oak Road construction near Wal-Mart, halted work Tuesday morning. They will remain on the picket line “until they can settle,” according to one worker Tuesday afternoon.
The workers held signs saying that they wanted better wages and working conditions, but the focus of the strike according to Local 150 is on keeping up with increasing healthcare costs.
“Wages are not the primary source of disagreement,” said David Fagan, Local 150 Financial Secretary and lead negotiator in Indiana. “The cost of healthcare is running wild, and we are trying to ensure that our members and their families can simply maintain the level of coverage that they currently have.”
Local 150 estimates that healthcare inflation rates have gone up by 10-14 percent each year for the past three years, while employers believe that inflation has gone up only 8 percent.
“Employers have said we are overestimating the price of inflation, but we pay the bills,” said Ed Maher, Local 150 communications director. “They can come by and see what we pay. I wish it was only 8 percent.”
Maher also explained that the union members are not asking for more benefits, just that they keep their current benefits.
“It's not an expansion of benefits, just maintaing benefits in the face of the astronomical inflation of healthcare,” said Maher.
Paul Fallon, president of HRP construction, the company working on the Oak Road construction, said HRP is not a member of the Northwest Indiana Highway Contractors, the organization negotiating with Local 150. As a result, HRP must wait for the situation to be resolved favorably.
“For us to be successful as contractors, and of service to the people in Plymouth…we must perform work,” said Fallon late Tuesday afternoon. “Obviously we have a degree of frustration when we are unable to do so.”
Fallon said that the HRP workers on strike are not being paid by the company, but may be receiving some compensation from the union.
“We pay them when they are on site to work,” said Fallon.
At this time no further action is being taken by HRP, although Fallon stated that may change depending on how long work is stopped.
The strike affects construction projects in Lake, Porter, La Porte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, La Grange, Marshall, Fulton, Kosciusko, Noble, Newton, Jasper, Starke, and Pulaski counties.
The workers participating in the strike on Oak Road declined to be named, but stated that they would be sitting on the corner every day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. until an agreement could be made.

Comments

Strongly agree with above and more!!!

June 16, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 13375

I work law enforcement and you don't see me whining I am not getting paid enough or don't have safe enough working conditions, imagine if law enforcement goes on strike because of those reasons! In today's economy those guys are making more then enough especially in Union work...I have not received a raise in a few years because of the economy and I make sacrifices to get by. Do they think they are the only ones with high health care costs! We all have to suck it up and move on. If they want better pay, that means state projects will be getting higher bids which means higher taxes to support these whiners. I think it is a bunch of crap, and i hope the state higher's a bunch of scabs to complete the work. They knew the conditions of the work when they hired on "construction"

you knew the conditions when

June 16, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 13377

you knew the conditions when you became anm officer of the law. these guys do more work in a week than you do in a year...get real

You are sad and hopeless

June 24, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 12 weeks ago
Comment: 13382

I believe that the point he was trying to make is that like him, they knew the conditions and he isn't stopping work. And I know construction workers. Don't think they work so hard. Trust me. And I truly hope that when something bad happens to you the police will be to busy helping someone that respects them and can't get to you. You deserve to find out what life is like when the police aren't there to help.

Just be glad you have a

June 15, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 13372

Just be glad you have a job!If you don't want it I am sure there are many people who would take it!

Agree with above!!!! and more.

June 16, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 13374

I work law enforcement and you don't see me whining I am not getting paid enough or don't have safe enough working conditions, imagine if law enforcement goes on strike because of those reasons! In today's economy those guys are making more then enough especially in Union work...I have not received a raise in a few years because of the economy and I make sacrifices to get by. Do they think they are the only ones with high health care costs! We all have to suck it up and move on. If they want better pay, that means state projects will be getting higher bids which means higher taxes to support these whiners. I think it is a bunch of crap, and i hope the state higher's a bunch of scabs to complete the work.

join the club

June 16, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 13373

None union workers are going through the same thing. Higher health care costs, out of MY pocket. No wage increase in 3 years, But I can't just not go to work. The days of the unions are dead!

You guys just don't get it

June 17, 2011 by Anonymous, 3 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 13380

I am in the laborers union and compleatly understand the operators situation. I work with alot of operators and have alot of friends effected by this strike. They work under a contract that is an agreement between them and the employers, with contract work it is nessisary for the employees to be union. Do you know what would happen if unions were done away with, especially on government contracts? The contractors would claim that they are paying thier employees $40 and hour and only pay them $15 pocketing the rest for themselves, it's already happened when George Bush Jr. wanted non-union contractors to clean up after Katrina. The price of roads and expenses would stay exactly the same all that would happen is more money would go to the CEOs and owners of these large companies. There are thousands of people effected by this, people who take thier money and spend it at local businesses, pay the local taxes, and support the local community. So would you rather have some of your tax money go back into the community or more of it go to a corporate headquarter far away. Like I said before the employers are half responsible for this but nobody is bad mouthing them. So go ahead and let the bad economy be an excuse to loose our freedom to assemble too, why not. If it wasn't for the unions most people wouldn't have weekends, a 40 hour work week, holidays off, overtime, and most importantly labor laws to protect employees. The reason why they make as much as they do is because they have the guts to stand up for themselves when everyone else backs down and yes just like the current situation it comes with sacrifices thats how freedom is gained, you guys are AMERICANS act like it or do you want this country to be full of haves and have-nots. If any 150 operators are reading this I support you 110% and wish you the best of luck.

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