Strike halts Clarian project in Lafayette

A Laborers International Union strike in Lafayette has brought construction on a $200 million hospital Clarian Arnett Health is building there to a grinding halt.

Clarian Arnett is a partnership between Clarian Health in Indianapolis and Arnett Health System, a multi-specialty medical practice in Lafayette.

Laborers Local 274 escalated its protest from informational picketing on Monday to a work stoppage yesterday, according to The Journal & Courier of Lafayette.

The strike is directed at the Indiana Construction Association, which conducts collective bargaining for 43 contractors in central Indiana. The hospital is being built by Kettelhut Construction Inc. of Lafayette and Indianapolis-based F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. Inc.

A contract between the Laborers and the association ended Friday, leaving wages and benefits unresolved. Local 274 members haven’t had a wage increase in two years.

Other projects in the Lafayette area halted by the strike include a $15 million elementary school and the $32.9 million Hockmeyer Hall of Structural Biology on the Purdue University campus, both of which are being built by Fort Wayne-based Hagerman Construction Corp. A $52 million residence hall Wilhelm is building also has been targeted.

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