Crain’s: Union lockout could disrupt projects throughout Southeast Michigan

Crain’s, August 31, 2018

By Chad Livengood

More than 40 road construction companies plan to lock out hundreds of workers who operate heavy equipment on Tuesday as a summer-long labor dispute comes to a boil and could disrupt road projects throughout Southeast Michigan.

Contractors in the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association have voted to implement a “defensive lockout” of members of Operating Engineers Local 324 after the union has “refused” to negotiate a new contract, said Mike Nystrom, executive vice president of the road-builders trade group.

“The only reason for this lockout is to bring the Operating Engineers to the table and come to a resolution on a fair and equitable contract,” Nystrom told Crain’s. “And the only way this lockout ends is with the Operating Engineers ratifying a industry-proposed contract.”…

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