Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Boston Teamsters Local 25 on Strike at Aggregate Industries!

Aggregate Industries, the largest concrete supply company in New England, is attempting to destroy the hard-won benefits negotiated by the Teamsters in their longstanding contract with the company.

Aggregate is attempting to cut benefits, reduce hours to essentially part-time jobs, and demolish the seniority system.

Please support Teamsters Locals 25 and 170 on the picket line at these Aggregate Industries plants from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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For immediate release:

Teamsters Picket Aggregate Industries
Plants Across New England

(BOSTON) — Teamsters began picketing today at Aggregate Industries plants across New England, standing up to the company’s attempts to cut benefits and weaken other areas of the contract.

Aggregate Industries had implemented a contract at Teamsters Local 170 in Worcester and negotiations were ongoing at Teamsters Local 25, said Sean O’Brien, President of Local 25. The Teamsters have hundreds of members employed at Aggregate Industries, which produces ready-made concrete and has plants all over New England.

“For 40 years, the Teamsters have worked hard to make sure Aggregate Industries workers had a good contract, and we are not going to let the company destroy that,” O’Brien said. “We will not take these picket lines down until we are victorious.”

O’Brien said the company wants to weaken the contract by cutting benefits, reducing hours to essentially part-time jobs and demolishing the seniority system. Picket lines went up at 4:30 a.m. across New England, and are also being honored by the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Founded in 1903, Local 25 is the largest Teamsters’ union in New England, representing more than 11,000 hardworking men and women throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Local 25 is part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, representing 1.4 million men and women, in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more information, please contact Teamsters Local 25 at 617-241-8825