Road Machinery and Supplies Workers on Strike

By KBJR News 1

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Workers for the Road Machinery and Supplies Company in Duluth, Savage and Virginia have gone on strike.

42 workers stepped off the job around 6 Wednesday morning after a failed vote last night on contract negotiations.

Union representatives say the mechanics contracts expired at the end of July.

They say that the union and the company have been in negotiations at least half a dozen times, but that the workers decided to strike after language disagreements in their contracts.

Brent Pykkonen, area business representative for the union wouldn't say specifically what the disagreements are over, but that a strike was not planned.

"It was actually a surprise. We thought that we were very close and we considered that we thought we could approve it, but the vote was narrowly defeated and here we are," said Pykkonen.

Pykkonen says he believes the company and union will come to an agreement soon.

We reached out to the Road Machinery and Supplies Corporate office and they declined to comment on the strike.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com