Dickey drivers walk out

LISBON — Since their contract expired on April 15, D.W. Dickey and Son drivers in the Teamsters Local 92 union out of Canton have negotiated for better wages.

On Wednesday the union issued a strike notice to the company, union representative Doyle Baird confirmed.

D.W. Dickey is a concrete ready mix company with locations in Lisbon, Columbiana and East Liverpool.

Baird said the company has made two offers to the bargaining unit during the negotiations, with the offer remaining the same each time — a one-year contract extension and a $2,000 singing bonus, but no increase in wages.

The company also said it would maintain the same insurance (there were no increases, according to Baird), and also increase the pension during that one year.

The union rejected the offer both times.

“We gave the company the strike notice today,” he added.

The 23 drivers in the union were to go on strike at midnight Wednesday, picketing at all three D.W. Dickey facilities in the county.

“The issue is economics,” Baird said.

He added that drivers were willing to agree to the one-year extension if the company provided a $1 per hour increase on the hourly rate, but that was rejected, he said.

“We are open to sit down anytime they want to. The ball is in their court right now … if they want to reach out and sit down and make any counter proposal other than what we rejected,” he said.

Until that happens, the drivers will be on the picket line, he added.

The company could not be immediately reached for comment by phone at the Lisbon facility late that evening.