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Wednesday, June 29

Today’s negotiations concluded without an agreement. Local 150 made a comprehensive proposal yesterday with substantial movement on all remaining language as well as economics, and this morning, CAAPA presented a disappointing counterproposal that completely failed to address members’ primary concerns. This proposal does not recognize the hazardous working conditions that underground miners face on a daily basis and completely ignores the increased cost of living that workers are facing. Local 150 presented a counterproposal, after which the employers left negotiations without agreeing to any further dates. Our team is continuing to push employers to get back to the table this week and bargain in good faith.

Tuesday, June 28

In negotiations today, we reached tentative agreements on several language changes. At this time, we have tentatively agreed to the majority of language issues, and we offered a comprehensive counterproposal on all remaining language and economic items to the employer representatives. We will meet again tomorrow morning.

Monday, June 27

After a brief negotiating session this morning, both sides parted and will reconvene tomorrow morning to continue negotiating.

Friday, June 24

CAAPA has agreed to negotiate on the morning of Monday, June 27. We have reached tentative agreement on many of the language changes we proposed and are currently negotiating various economic items.

Thursday, June 23

President-Business Manager Jim Sweeney issued the following statement to members on strike: 

Brothers and Sisters,

Since our last negotiating session concluded, several of the employers’ representatives have come out to the picket lines and resorted to telling members lies about the status of negotiations. Here are the facts.

At the conclusion of our last negotiating meeting on Monday, we offered the CAAPA negotiating representative a counteroffer to his economic proposal. After our counter, CAAPA left and told us they would be in touch. We urged them to continue negotiations the following day, but they refused to commit. The employers’ repeated unwillingness to commit to a negotiating schedule has dragged this strike on needlessly, and this pattern of bad-faith bargaining suggests that this is their intent.

The simple fact is that a resolution will ultimately come through negotiations, and when we have been able to get these employers to the bargaining table, we have seen progress.

Last Friday, we reached tentative agreements on many of the significant language modifications prior to offering our economic proposal. It was our hope that the momentum we had achieved would continue, but the spirit of their counteroffer and their subsequent refusal of future negotiating dates has derailed any additional progress.

Since we began negotiations with CAAPA on May 16th, we have had nine bargaining sessions, and eight of them were focused on language changes. In comparison, we reached an agreement on language changes and economics with NIMPA on June 9th, after only three sessions.

To reach a resolution, both sides need to show up to negotiations with the intent to bargain in good faith. We have repeatedly asked these employers to meet with us every day. We’ve offered to meet at night, on weekends, and on holidays. This is our job and we take it seriously.

To give you a taste of what we are dealing with across the table, one of the employers’ chief negotiators recently signed in at negotiations as “Jimmy Hoffa.”

Employers are resorting to misinformation and lies because they can’t defend their absence from negotiations or their actions outside of them, including the use of replacement workers since the first day of the strike.

We don’t turn down negotiation requests, and we certainly don’t storm out of our own building. Strikes are serious business, and we fight hard, but we always work toward resolving our issues. We will continue to do that, and if an employer wants to give you a bottle of water and an earful of BS, tell them to do their talking where it matters – at the bargaining table.

In Solidarity,
James M. Sweeney
President-Business Manager

Wednesday, June 22

Tuesday, June 21

  • CAAPA continues to stall negotiations. After Local 150 offered once again to meet every day this week, CAAPA issued a statement that “at this time, the parties do not have another date scheduled to resume negotiations.”
  • Despite its repeated claims that it has not brought in replacement workers, Hanson is training replacements on a loader this morning at the Thornton Quarry.

Monday, June 20

  • We have negotiations scheduled with representatives from Lehigh Hanson, Vulcan Materials and Lafarge Holcim this morning.
  • UPDATE: Negotiations concluded today after several hours without reaching agreement on various issues. We’ve requested to meet for negotiations tomorrow, but employer representatives refused to commit. Local 150 will continue working toward a resolution and encouraging the employers to bargain in good faith to avoid unnecessary delays or impact on other construction projects.

Friday, June 17

  • Negotiations have concluded after several hours. There was progress on some issues, but sides remain far apart on many others. We are scheduled to meet on Monday morning.
  • The following message is being played on White Sox radio and on other channels throughout Northern Illinois.

     

Thursday, June 16

  • Negotiations have concluded after several hours. There was progress on some issues, but sides remain far apart on many others. We are scheduled to meet on Monday morning.

Tuesday, June 14

  • The Illinois and Chicago Fraternal Order of Police have come out in support of Local 150 members on strike across Northern Illinois:

Illinois and Chicago Police Union Leaders Stand in Solidarity with Striking Operating Engineers

CHICAGO– This morning, leaders from the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police and Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 issued statements in support of the striking members of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150.
More than 300 IUOE Local 150 members went on strike on June 7th against construction material producer companies Lehigh Hanson, Vulcan Materials, and Lafarge Holcim in protest of unfair labor practice charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
“Hard working men and women deserve to be treated with dignity at work,” said Illinois FOPPresident Chris Southwood. “We stand in solidarity with the striking members of IUOE Local 150 and call on these companies to prioritize these workers’ health, safety, and rights on the job.”
“The officers of the Chicago FOP stand with Local 150 members as they exercise their right to peacefully strike in the wake of their employers’ alleged unfair labor practices,” said Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President John Catanzara. “The men and women of the FOP understand the power of collective action to bring progress on the job and call upon these employers to negotiate in good faith and work with the union to reach a resolution that is fair and equitable for their workers.”
The Illinois FOP is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing over 33,000 active duty and retired police officers – more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 represents officers of the Chicago Police Department.
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Monday, June 13

  • WGN radio covered the material producers strike in a 7-minute segment with Local 150 spokesman Ed Maher. Click here to listen.
  • As Strike Enters Second Week, IUOE Local 150 Urges Material Producers to “Get Back to the Table” 

    Local 150 calls negotiation delays “reckless” as material shortages threaten to impact regional construction projects

    COUNTRYSIDE, ILLINOIS  Today, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 called on employers to return to negotiations as the construction material producers strike enters its second week. After several negotiating sessions late last week, Local 150 stressed the need to continue talks and offered to meet at any time that employer representatives were available. Employers refused to commit to another date, and there are currently no negotiations scheduled.

    The strike against large material producers Lehigh Hanson, Vulcan Materials, and Lafarge Holcim started on June 7th after Local 150 filed federal unfair labor practice charges against each company with the National Labor Relations Board. Approximately 300 heavy equipment operators went on strike at 35 facilities across Northern Illinois, and the companies have brought in replacement workers, often from other states and without appropriate skill or safety training. 

    IUOE Local 150 President-Business Manager James M. Sweeney issued the following statement:

    These companies need to get back to the table and negotiate in good faith toward a resolution. We’ve cleared our schedules for negotiations, and employers have responded with indifference. Their disregard for their employees’ rights caused this strike to occur, and their refusal to schedule negotiations needlessly jeopardizes construction projects across the industry as smaller companies run out of materials. 

    Every day that these companies delay negotiations, more projects and more workers will be affected. We remain ready and willing to continue negotiations with these companies and we urge them to reconsider these reckless stall tactics. 

    These highly-skilled men and women worked tirelessly to keep their employers operating and highly profitable through the pandemic, and these companies have responded by violating their workers’ rights and quickly replacing them when they said ‘enough is enough.’ 

    The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 is a labor union representing 23,000 working men and women in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. Local 150 represents workers in construction and related industries, including material production, heavy equipment operation, concrete pumping, steel mill service, slag production, public works and others.

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Friday, June 10

  • Sides met today for negotiations, and talks broke down quickly. Local 150 sought to continue talks and offered up additional dates, but employers have refused to commit to additional negotiating dates.

Thursday, June 9

Wednesday, June 8

Tuesday, June 7

  • This morning, Local 150 went on strike against Lehigh Hanson, Vulcan Materials and Lafarge Holcim:
    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 7, 2022

      IUOE Local 150 Goes on Strike Against Major Material Producers and Quarries Across Northern Illinois 

      Local 150 filed federal unfair labor practice charges against Lehigh Hanson, Vulcan Materials, and Lafarge Holcim

      COUNTRYSIDE, ILLINOIS – This morning, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 commenced a strike against three major material producers at facilities across Northern Illinois in protest of unfair labor practices committed against its members.

      In recent days, Local 150 filed federal unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the three companies – Lehigh Hanson, Vulcan Materials, and Lafarge Holcim – for bad faith bargaining and violations of employees’ federally protected rights. These companies began busing in replacement workers yesterday at several locations, despite having negotiations scheduled today and tomorrow.

      The companies produce aggregate materials including sand, gravel and crushed stone that are essential to the production of asphalt, concrete, and many other construction materials. Collectively, they operate approximately 35 quarries and facilities across Northern Illinois that employ approximately 300 Local 150 members, who were classified as “essential workers” throughout the pandemic. These workers operate heavy equipment that is critical to the routine operation of these facilities.

      Local 150 President-Business Manager James M. Sweeney issued the following statement:

      “The companies’ aggressive encroachment against their employees’ rights has damaged decades of goodwill and cooperation in our industry. They have disregarded these workers’ health and safety and appear unwilling to negotiate in good faith.

      These workers take pride in the tireless work they have done to keep critical construction work going throughout the pandemic, and despite their efforts, their employers have taken unilateral steps to treat them more like adversaries than partners.

      As we prepared for this week’s negotiations, we received reports that several companies began importing replacement workers from across the country. We remain willing to negotiate in good faith with the companies and have offered several dates to work toward a fair and equitable resolution, but these workers demand to have their rights, their health and their safety protected at work.

      These men and women are highly skilled professionals who cannot simply be replaced and who will not be treated as commodities by multinational corporations more concerned with continuing to generate record profits rather than protecting the safety of the very workers who are the bedrock of their success.”

      The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 is a labor union representing 23,000 working men and women in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. Local 150 represents workers in construction and related industries, including material production, heavy equipment operation, concrete pumping, steel mill service, slag production, public works and others.

       

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