Union recognition negotiations between Teamsters Local 179 and a suburban Chicago construction firm may be moving forward following a week of successful pickets and rallies in Oswego.
Local 179 began picketing H. Linden and Sons in mid-January after the company repeatedly failed to recognize the union’s successful organizing efforts. Subsequently, H. Linden recently was awarded a $2.2 million water main project with the Oswego Public Works, pulling work away from other community-based union contractors, including Teamster company D Construction.
On Thursday, Jan. 24, Local 179 representatives and Teamster affiliates across northern Illinois rallied outside Oswego High School where work was being done, demanding union recognition for H. Linden workers.
“Future pickets have been postponed following the united front and success of Thursday’s rally,” said Greg Elsbree, Local 179 Secretary-Treasurer. “Talks are progressing with H. Linden, and it’s our hope to secure union representation for these workers as soon as possible.”
Elsbree added, “While other union companies missed out on working with the Oswego Public Works this winter, Local 179 is committed to making sure this community no longer wastes taxpayers’ money by supporting non-signatory construction companies. We want to welcome as many contractors as possible into the Teamster family.”
Teamsters Local 301, Teamsters Local 673, Teamsters Local 727, Teamsters Local 731 and Teamsters Local 710 all participated in the chilly, early morning rally.
For more contract updates, visit Local 179 online at www.Teamsters179.com.
Teamsters Local 179 is an affiliate of Teamsters Joint Council 25, America's premier labor union for Chicago, Illinois and northwest Indiana.