HANNIBAL, Mo. (KHQA) — About 100 union members employed at Continental Cement in Hannibal are on strike.
The United Steelworkers (USW) on Wednesday announced USW Local 11-205 walked off the job over what the union calls "unfair labor practices."
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The USW said the previous contract with Continental Cement originally expired in May 2022, but union employees continued working with and without a formal contract extension while bargaining continued.
Negotiations in Hannibal were hindered by management's unfair demands for workers to give up their voice over scheduling issues, overtime and cross training, as well as its discriminatory terminations of union employees and refusal to provide information needed for bargaining," said USW District 11 Director Emil Ramirez. "Now, Continental Cement's actions have left workers no other options to make their voices heard than to strike against unfair labor practices. Management needs to get the message that we are committed to fighting for the fair contract that USW members have earned and deserve," Ramirez said. "It's time for Continental Cement to obey the law and negotiate with workers in good faith for a fair contract in Hannibal.
KHQA News reached out to Continental Cement for comment but has not heard back at the time of this publication.