Indiana Toll Road workers might strike

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An impasse between the private operator of the Indiana Toll Road and the union that has represented collectors since December might lead to a strike, according to WSBT-TV Channel 2 in South Bend.

Negotiations were to resume today. The 150 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have worked without a contract since voting in December to join the union.

The Teamsters and Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. are at loggerheads over temporary workers. The union wants to prevent open-ended hiring of temps, while the company wants flexibility as it transitions to electronic tolling.

No union members will be laid off as a result of electronic tolling, the company said, although positions will be eliminated through natural attrition.

Collectors earn between $10.38 and $14 an hour, far less than the $20 made by Teamsters collectors in states including Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

The company said it is prepared for a strike, but that drivers with automated i-Zoom passes would experience little impact.

Teamsters members who drive trucks probably wouldn’t use the road in order to avoid crossing the picket line.

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