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MRDC, protesting agg. haulers reach agreement

FREDERICTON, N.B.-- The Maritime Road Development Corporation (MRDC) has come to an agreement with the provinces' a...

FREDERICTON, N.B.– The Maritime Road Development Corporation (MRDC) has come to an agreement with the provinces’ aggregate truckers to finish the Fredericton to Moncton Highway project.

The deal gives the truckers a 30 per cent increase in pay. The boost will total $1.7 million, with Miller Infrastructure reportedly putting in $1.2 million and the contractors putting in $500,000.

The deal was struck after protests by more than 500 truckers hit the capital and angry dump owners and drivers formed an association called the Tri-county Truckers Association.

“Over the winter months by the strength of the people we had stuck together and supporting this, we succeeded to get a 30 per cent increase,” says Willard Killman, president of the Association.

A vote was taken at the Association’s weekly meeting on May 14; 76 per cent voted in favor of going back to work. Killman says the association is just the voice of the truckers and a decision could not have been made without the vote.

Their goal was to get 100 per cent of the new government rate to complete the job but felt that the 30 per cent was sufficient to complete the new highway.

“In the future any job with provincial or federal money into it has to be paid 100 per cent of the government rate,” says Killman.

The deadline to complete the project is Nov. 30.

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