Cambridge, Ill. – Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 began picketing this week at the Bishop Hill Wind Project currently under construction in Henry County.
Strikers showed up at the sight Monday after learning that a non-union company, Oscar J. Boldt, of Appleton, Wis., had been hired to erect 50 wind turbines in the second phase of the project.
Union business representative Roy Pritchett said the Wisconsin contractor had started work on a lay-put yard.
Invenergy, the developers of the 266-turbine wind farm, initially hired Gemma Renewable Power as the contractor to erect the first 133 turbines.
According to Pritchett, the Gemma firm is a union contractor and has been hiring local sub-contractors. Gemma has erected 25 turbines to date.
The picketers are appealing to the Boldt company to get a union contract and hire locally.
As of Tuesday afternoon three union strikers remained on the job site in protest.
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