North / South America
Strike looms at Illinois Cement Company
May, 07 2012
(Illinois) -- The members of United Steelworkers Local 657 at Illinois Cement Company in La Salle are preparing for a strike after reaching no headway in negotiations with the company management that has lasted for months.
The workers are believed to be stockpiling food and other supplies for those on the picket line if the strike occurs
“I can only do so much. I need all of your guys’ support,” said local president Randy Jackson.
Contract negotiations between Illinois Cement and the local USW began in December. Since early March, the union’s 114 members have been working without a contract, said local USW vice president T. “Boo” Herndon.
“They want to raise our insurance (costs) and not compensate us with any raises,” said Randy Jackson.
Illinois Cement management oversaw a temporary layoff — the first major layoff in the La Salle plant’s history — of 96 of the plant’s then-110 employees in January 2011.
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