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Teamsters trying to organize parkway truckers

The Teamsters union is attempting to organize nearly 150 dump truck drivers working on the $1.4-billion Windsor-Essex Parkway.
Dump truck drivers stopped working on the Windsor-Essex Parkway for a day in April. (CBC)

The Teamsters union is attempting to organize nearly 150 dump truck drivers working on the $1.4-billion Windsor-Essex Parkway.

Union organizer Rick Parent said he’s distributed union cards to several of the drivers.

Parent said he couldn’t gauge overall reaction to the organizing effort but said a number of drivers approached Teamsters about organizing.

"Some drivers are for it, some aren’t," Parent said.

The organizing effort comes on the heels of work stoppage last month.

In protest of rising fuel prices and low wages, truck drivers stopped working and parked their trucks along parts of Matchette Road near E.C. Row on April 27.

The truck companies and drivers are subcontracted by Amico Contracting of Oldcastle, Ont.

At the time of the protest, Phil Primeau, whose company owns eight trucks working on the project, told CBC News his drivers were being paid $63/hr and claimed drivers in London were making $70/hr on projects and those in Toronto were making $90/hr.

Amico officials and representatives of the non-unionized drivers met April 28. They negotiated a wage increase of $2/hr.

Teamsters already represents drivers at Coco Paving in the region.

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