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UNION REACHES AGREEMENT WITH WILL, GRUNDY, KANKAKEE COUNTY CONTRACTOR ASSOC.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2010 
 
Local 150, Will & Grundy County Contractors Reach Agreement
Many south suburban projects to resume 
 
Countryside, Illinois-This morning, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 and the Contractors Association of Will and Grundy Counties (CAWGC) reached a tentative three-year agreement, which will allow many projects affected by the strike to resume. The agreement calls for annual increases of 3.25 percent, which will go toward healthcare and benefits.
 
“This significance of this agreement cannot be overstated,” said James M. Sweeney, President-Business Manager of Local 150, “because you will see projects that have been stopped for more than two weeks start up again on Monday morning.”
Some of the projects that will resume on Monday morning include:

·         Interstate 55 construction
·         Interstate 55 & Route 59 Interchange
·         Route 59 construction
·         Larkin Avenue from Route 30 to Route 52
·         Weber Road from Lily Cache Road to Interstate 55 
·         Olivet Nazarene University improvements and chapel construction
 
Another result of this agreement will be the availability of construction equipment and materials that have not been available for many projects throughout the strike. Many projects held up because of their reliance on struck MARBA contractors for this equipment and material can now look to any of the 55 contractors signed to this agreement to provide what they need.
 
“What we are proposing to contractors is completely reasonable,” said Sweeney. “MARBA disagrees, but they are the only ones who do. These other associations have chosen fair contracts over needless stalling.” 
 
“MARBA has said that agreements such as this don’t affect them, but if MARBA doesn’t want to return to work, these associations represent many contractors who can take over for them.”  
 
The Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity reached an agreement with CAWGC on Tuesday.
 
The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 is a labor union representing more than 23,000 working men and women in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. Local 150 represents workers in various industries, including construction, construction material production, concrete pumping, steel mill service, slag production, landscaping, public works and others.
 
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