Employees locked out at Burnco concrete plant

Teamsters local to vote on a new contract proposal for drivers this week.

August 11, 2015   by CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY — More than a dozen employees from a Calgary company that makes paving asphalt and ready-mix concrete have hit the picket lines after being locked out.

Teamsters local 362 has been negotiating a new contract with Burnco and were to vote on a proposal later this week.

Doug Dodd, representing the union for drivers, says he doesn’t know why the company chose to lock out workers before the vote.

He says seniority has been a big issue in talks and he suggests the move is a pressure tactic.

A statement from Burnco says the lockout decision was made after workers voted on July 30 in support of a strike.

The company says both sides need to work together to find a solution, especially during challenging economic times.

Burnco also operates a network of retail landscape centres.

“There’s 96 unionized drivers here who aren’t working today, so there’s a lot of commercial jobs, a lot of walls, driveways that aren’t being done,” Dodd said. “It’s not our choice.”

He said there’s been no progress in talks for the last week, even though the union has been trying to negotiate.

“We don’t have any money proposals on the table, but they’re bound and determined to take our seniority and push the union out,” he said.

“There are fellows who have been here over 30 years and this is the thanks they get for it?”

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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