Toll-road workers reject unionization

August 25, 2008
The company that leases the Indiana Toll Road from the state said late last week that a vote involving 86 maintenance workers resulted in rejecting an organization attempt by the International Union of Operating Engineers and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. ITR Concession Co. LLC did not release vote totals.

Meanwhile, the company is tussling with a different Teamsters local as the parties attempt to forge their first contract.

On Aug. 15, toll collectors along the 157-mile highway voted down a proposed contract without releasing details. The parties have been at loggerheads since December over wages and the status of temporary workers.

ITR is owned by Australian bank Macquarie and Spanish infrastructure development giant Cintra. The company signed the 75-year, $3.8 billion lease in 2006.

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