GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Unionized engineers on projects spread across Western Mass went on strike Friday morning, saying that they are tired of waiting for an agreement with the contractors that hire them.
A group from the International Operating Engineers Local 98 protested outside the Greenfield High school construction project Friday. They told 22News that they have been working without a contract since June.
The workers said that along with proposed wage and benefit cutbacks, Northeast Contractors will not agree to the 3%-over-three-years raise the engineers had in their last contract.
Union member Paul Quink of Greenfield told 22News that he thought they had a deal made last Friday.
"That was our understanding, but it's all hearsay to me, and then on Monday they disagreed again,” Quink said. “We have been negotiating since May for this; our contract's been up since June 1."
About 60 workers, including those in other unions, also didn't go to work Friday morning at the Greenfield High School project in support of Local 98's strike.
Non-unionized workers, however, were still working at that site.
In addition to the Greenfield strike, Local 98 members were also striking at the project at the South Hadley Landfill, the bridge work in Gill, and on the UMass Amherst campus.
22News did reach out to Northeast Contractors for a comment, but have yet to receive a response.