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Steubenville joins D.W. Dickey strike

STEUBENVILLE — Teamsters Local 92 members at the D.W. Dickey concrete batch plant in Steubenville have joined their fellow members at Dickey’s plants in Columbiana County on the picket lines.

Members at the entrance to the plant Saturday said union members in Columbiana County turned down the company’s latest offer the strike began at midnight Wednesday. Workers at the Steubenville batch plant, on Labelle Avenue off state Route 7, near the Steubenville Marina, said they went on strike Friday in support of the Columbiana County workers.

The concrete truck drivers were without a contract since April, said union member Scott Canestraro.

“I’m sure they’ll work this out,” said George Slates on the picket line Saturday morning.

Dickey has plants in East Liverpool, Salem and Columbiana in addition to the Steubenville plant. All four batch plants are curtailed by the strike.

The main sticking point in contract talks is wages. The company reportedly twice offered a one-year extension and $2,000 signing bonus but no wage increase. Workers on the picket line said the contracts usually are for three years.

Slates said, “We are just here for fair wages. The price of everything has gone up and it costs more to live.”

Local 92 is headquartered in Canton.

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