Salt and plow truck drivers ratify contract that avoided strike

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Members of Teamsters Local Union 249, whose salt and plow truck drivers threatened to strike last week as snow loomed in the forecast, ratified a contract Sunday, according to a spokeswoman for the union.

The Teamsters have not yet disclosed the terms of the contract.

The ratification comes five days after Local Union 249 and Allegheny County reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

The union includes about 60 Allegheny County employees, most of whom are truck drivers in the Public Works Department.

Early last week, Teamsters president Joseph Rossi Jr. said his union members, who had voted to reject the county's proposals for a new contract due to disagreements about wage increases, planned to strike.

He gave no date or time for the strike, but the threat came a few days before what turned out to be an accurate prediction of snow.

During a protest outside the Allegheny County Courthouse Monday, Mr. Rossi said his union wanted a contract with wage increases of 2 percent for 2013 and 2014 and 2.5 percent for 2015 and 2016.

The strike did not occur, but county manager William McKain told reporters before the agreement last week that the county was preparing contingency plans for salting and plowing the county's 640 lane miles of roads, while working to avert the strike.

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