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.