Workers picketing at construction sites

Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 11:50 AM CDT
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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) - Construction projects at two UW campuses are on hold due to a labor strike.

Members of Local 599, which consists of plasterers and cement masons, are picketing at UW-Stout’s South Hall in Menomonie and the County Materials Complex in Eau Claire. Matt Ganhs with Local 599 said they are looking for a new three-year contract with better wages.

Market & Johnson is the contractor at both sites.

President Kevin Renley says they respect the right of unions to voice their concerns. He says the labor contracts are negotiated every three years and the company has a long history of working constructively with unions.

He says the company continues to work toward a solution that works for all parties.

Market & Johnson issued this statement: