On July 18,
Ohio Turnpike workers from Teamsters Local 436 in Valley View,
OH, voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if current contract
talks fail to yield an agreement. There were only four votes not
to strike from more than 900 toll workers who joined the Teamsters
members are united in their fight for justice," said Gary
Tiboni, president of Local 436. "Unless a fair agreement
can be reached, we're looking at a strike around Labor Day."
workers have been working without a contract since Jan. 1 and
have not had a raise for 19 months on the most profitable toll
road in the world. The Ohio Turnpike has averaged $50 million
in profits over the past six years.
men and women are looking for basic union rights on the job, seniority
rights and improved schedules," said Rick Kepler, lead organizer
for the turnpike workers. "The Teamsters are prepared to
demonstrate their solidarity and support for these new brothers
and sisters on the turnpike when the time comes to do so."
is a strike, the Teamsters will direct all union truckdrivers,
carhaulers, UPS drivers and other union members who use the turnpike
to find alternate routes. The union and turnpike commission will
continue to negotiate through next week.
-- By René Tankersley