Indiana Toll Road workers might strike

July 2, 2008
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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