Negotiators from the concrete workers union and an industry association were expected to meet Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to put an end to a two-day walkout that threatens to bring construction at the World Trade Center site to a crawl.Yesterday, there was a job action outside the Atlantic Yards arena, with workers holding picket signs and refusing to work, though no official strike has been called.
The walkout began Monday, at a section of the World Trade Center transit hub, World Trade Center Tower 1 and other sites scattered across the city, more than a month after the contract covering 2,700 concrete workers expired. Talks between Laborers' Locals 6a, 18a and 20 of the Cement and Concrete Workers of New York and the Cement League, an industry association, have been extended several times past deadlines. There's been progress on most issues, but management's demand for a 20% wage reduction on residential and hotel projects has been a sticking point, an industry source said.
When I visited the site at about 9 am today, there were no pickets. Does that mean they were back at work? I don't know for sure, but will update when I know more.