Strike over: D.W. Dickey, drivers reach tentative agreement
LISBON — The strike is over, and D.W. Dickey and Son drivers are back to work since coming to a tentative agreement with the company.
Doyle Baird, union representative for the Teamsters Local 92 out of Canton confirmed on Friday that the union ended the strike after coming to an agreement that included a one-year contract extension, higher sign-on bonus and health and welfare benefits.
He said the union met with the company on Thursday and the tentative agreement was ratified by both groups. The agreement was approved by 28 of the 34 union members during the vote.
D.W. Dickey is a concrete ready mix company with locations in Lisbon, Columbiana, East Liverpool and Steubenville.
The union covers employees at all locations, and their contract expired on April 15.
The union issued a strike notice to the company on July 25 after not accepting the company’s two offers during negotiations, which were the same both times: a one-year contract extension and a $2,000 signing bonus.
Workers were asking for an hourly increase in wages, but agreed to the new offer the company brought to the table during the strike, which was a $2,500 sign on bonus and maintaining health and welfare benefits at no cost to employees, Baird said.
The company also agreed to pay to maintain the Central States Pension Fund and pick up increases.
The new contract will expire on April 15, 2019, Baird said.
“Everybody is happy with the deal, both sides,” he said.