* Press release…
The Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) is a construction advocacy and membership organization working on public and private sector projects. We are very concerned that the ongoing labor dispute at our region’s largest aggregate suppliers is now threatening the viability of our summer construction season.
We can’t build and repair roads without rock and if this strike continues, we are going to run out of that vital supply.
Shutting down projects will be devastating to our members who are not compensated for the lost work. Even a week’s worth of lost work during the construction season can put our members in the red for the year.
We call on all parties to resolve this dispute immediately so our members and their employees can continue to provide for their families.
* From Local 150 a couple of days ago…
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.