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Due to an ongoing disagreement between the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) and the Operating Engineers Local 324, several Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) road construction projects are suspended until further notice, and others may be suspended.MITA, representing contractors throughout Michigan, issued a work stoppage for employees from the Operating Engineers 324 on several projects beginning September 4 at 7 a.m. Operating Engineers are critical to many road projects as they operate heavy equipment such as the cranes, backhoes, bulldozers and front-end loaders that are necessary for excavation and construction work. “This is our road construction crunch time,” observed ROCC Managing Director Dennis Kolar. “It is possible that some of the anticipated end dates for some projects may be pushed further out if the differences between the organizations are not resolved soon.“Even though RCOC is not involved in the dispute between the organizations,” Kolar added, “it is our sincere hope that the issues can be resolved in a timely manner so we can continue toward our goal of improving road surfaces throughout Oakland County.”
Work suspension on many RCOC road projects continues. The Operating Engineers and the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (representing contractors) have not come to an agreement.