Engineers union returns to bargaining table

August 29, 2018

Members of the Local 302 Operating Engineers Union picket Thursday along Cedardale Road in Mount Vernon.

Negotiations resumed Monday to end a weeklong strike of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302, according to a statement on the union’s website.

Construction projects countywide, including the demolition of Madison Elementary School in Mount Vernon, have been stopped or slowed by the strike.

The union went on strike at 6 a.m. Aug. 21.

The union is made up of heavy equipment operators, mechanics and surveyors in the construction industry, and stationary engineers, who work in operations and maintenance in buildings and industrial complexes, according to the Washington State Labor Council.

That includes asphalt plant operators, which is proving problematic for several county projects.

Among the other county projects that have been affected are road projects in Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley, and construction on the BNSF Railway overpass on Old Highway 99 north of Cook Road.

Wages, hours and working conditions are the central issues of the labor dispute, according to the union’s website.

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