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Cement truck drivers in Cedar Rapids continue strike for better wages

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Members of the Teamsters Union Local 238 rallied on Tuesday to support cement truck drivers who are on strike at King's Material Plant in Cedar Rapids.

About 18 cement truck drivers started their strike last week. Union members joined the striking workers at Noon on Tuesday outside the mixing facility north of Highway 30. The Teamsters Local 238 is demanding higher wages to make up for inflation.

Workers rejected one formally written offer and another verbal offer before making the decision to go on strike. Truck drivers walked off their jobs May 2, after negotiating with the company for over two weeks. 

"The message is to just stand up, everyone has a right to be able to make a nice living wage so they can live," Colin Heeran of Teamsters Local 238 said. "With the price of gas and everything going up workers are staying the same. Even  the price of concrete has gone up and these guys are still being paid the exact same." 

The president of King's Material says the company offered them a multi-year contract with yearly increases starting at $25 an hour. The union countered with $25.45 an hour.