Protesters along US Highway 12 West of Montesano yesterday were supporting the IUOE Local 302 Labor Dispute in Western Washington. They were holding signs and standing in the closed lane near a fish passage replacement project on US 12, and could be seen there at times throughout the strike. Please drive safe through the construction area.

The strike affects tower cranes, concrete pumpers, dirt work, pavers, hoisting and materials handlers, and other heavy equipment operators on job sites in the Puget Sound region from King County north to Whatcom County, the Olympic Peninsula, and Central Washington.

The Union says in their statement that “Local 302 is asserting our rights under the National Labor Relations Act to withhold our labor from contractors signatory to our Western WA AGC Master Labor Agreement.”

International VP & Business Manager Daren Konopaski added “We appreciate the public interest and support of our efforts.  The dispute over this agreement is between our members and the contractors signatory to it.  We have a long-standing relationship with the AGC and our contractors and we are hopeful a resolution will be reached soon.”

The union notes that the strike does not apply to Local 302 members who are working outside of the union’s Districts 1-4, working under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) or Community Workforce Agreement (CWA); working for Skanska (which has a CBA with a different expiration schedule), and certain other specialized agreements. Local 302 members should monitor their union’s website for details and picket rules.