Windsor-Essex Parkway truckers park to protest wages

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WINDSOR, Ont. — Work on the Windsor-Essex Parkway was halted Friday, as truckers hauling gravel and dirt for the project parked their trucks in a dispute over wages, the Windsor Star reports.

About 140 truckers refused to work and 30 or so blocked traffic on Matchette Road near the E.C. Row Expressway.

“We’re here on strike because we’re not making enough money to cover our trucks and we deserve more,” trucker Randy Benoit told the Windsor Star. “We shut down everything until the bosses come around and try to work out a deal with us.”

Ownership of Amico Infrastructure arrived on the scene and promised to meet with the truckers Monday. Truckers claim their rate of $63 per hour isn’t enough to cover rising fuel costs.

“You can’t run trucks on air,” Phil Primeau, told the Star. You can read the full report here.

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