Concrete worker walk-outs at WTC prompt rumors of strike

August 01, 2011 03:47PM

Hundreds of unionized cement and concrete workers have walked off the job at the World Trade Center site in response to the cement league trying to cut their pay by up to 20 percent, NY1 reported.

The walk-out may spell a strike, since the concrete workers have been working without a contract since July 1, but the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey says it will have no effect on the Sept. 11 memorial construction schedule.

“It’s a horrible situation, you know? We built this city and they want to take money away from us, in this bad economy,” said John Hardt, a member of the Cement and Concrete Workers Union.

A spokesperson for the Cement League said negotiations are ongoing.

Concrete workers stopped working on the WTC transit hub at Tower 1, the Wall Street Journal said.

The stoppage will have “no impact on construction of the 9/11 Memorial, which remains on track to open on the 10th anniversary [of the attacks], and minimal impacts on the site’s other projects,” said Steve Coleman, a spokesperson for the Port Authority. [NY1 and WSJ]