Teamsters picket concrete companies

Teamsters picket concrete companies

URBANA — Members of Teamsters Local 26 were preparing for a fourth day of pickets today at Blager Concrete in Urbana.

Pickets went up Tuesday morning at the ready-mix concrete company after management and drivers couldn't come to terms on a new contract, said Tim Donovan, business agent for Local 26.

Donovan said contracts with Blager and two other ready-mix companies — Sport Redi-Mix and Prairie Material, both in Champaign — expired last September.

He said the union is still trying to negotiate new contracts, but as of Thursday, Blager was the only company with pickets.

Donovan said the picket stemmed from a charge of unfair labor practices on the part of Blager. He said the charge, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, resulted from an act committed during negotiations, but would not say what that act was.

Teamsters have reached a three-year agreement with a fourth company, Champaign Builders Supply, Donovan said.

He would not discuss sticking points in negotiations with the other three companies.

Donovan said normally 40 to 45 drivers haul ready-mix concrete from the local plants.

A person answering the phone at Blager Concrete said David Blager was the only one who could comment and he was not expected in until Monday.

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simplecitizen wrote on March 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

Is that really a picture of teamsters picketing or just some guys waiting in line for a cheesburger?

rsp wrote on March 24, 2012 at 2:03 am

It sickens me that some people see the word "union" and assume someone wants something for nothing. Or that they don't deserve what they are asking for. They are asking for a contract. You know what a contract is, don't you? It's just the terms under which two parties will do business together. People complain about the working conditions in third world countries and the violations of basic rights. Unions gave those to us. And they still have to fight for them. And they are going around the world so little kids aren't in factories like they used to be here. Thanks to unions.