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No talks yet in union picket

March 10, 1999

Representatives from a union representing heavy equipment operators and the construction company they picketed Tuesday in Hagerstown had not held any discussions by late Wednesday afternoon.

Officials with G.M. McCrossin, a Bellefonte, Pa., firm the City of Hagerstown hired to complete an $8.5 million upgrade of Hagerstown's sewer operations, and representatives from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 37, had been expected to talk by telephone Wednesday.

Union representatives were hoping to have one of their members hired onto the job, and have threatened to resume their protest if negotiations are unsuccessful.

G.M. McCrossin official Robert Leahey Jr. waited Wednesday for union representatives to contact him. At about 5:30 p.m. he said it was unlikely any negotiations would take place until today.

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When asked about whether he would hire one of their union members, Leahey said, "I don't think I'll be taking one of their guys on but I haven't made up my mind yet."

Union organizer Randy Appel, reached at Cumberland, Md., at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday said the union was waiting to hear from company officials.

Appel or other union representatives could not be reached later Wednesday afternoon.

It was unclear whether union members would return to picket lines near the work site today, as they had previously threatened.

- Dan Kulin

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