(LISBON, Ohio) –– Following the rejection of D.W. Dickey and Son’s most recent offer on July 25, Teamsters Local 92 members have gone on strike at the company’s Columbiana, Lisbon, East Liverpool and Steubenville, Ohio locations. The workers deliver ready-mix concrete for the company.
“These drivers work hard, putting in 60 hours a week, and what was offered was a slap in the face,” said Local 92 President Doyle B. Baird. “The economy is doing great, construction is everywhere, and these workers deserve a pay scale that’s commensurate with the skill level of their trade.”
At issue with the workers is that the company is proposing a flat $2,000 signing bonus for ratifying the one-year extension agreement rather than agreeing to a one-dollar raise in their hourly rate. The demand for concrete is seasonal, so it’s especially important that the drivers get an hourly pay raise during the busy season to carry them through the winter, when construction demand drops off significantly.
George Slates is a Local 92 member who spoke to the Herald-Star from the picket line on Saturday.
“We are just here for fair wages,” Slates said. “The price of everything has gone up and it costs more to live.”
The company and the union are expected to meet again for negotiations on August 1.
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