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.