Labor dispute delays opening of WB I-96

I-96 at Plainfield Ave looking west. (FOX 17)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Those eagerly awaiting the opening of westbound I-96 will have to keep waiting.

The Michigan Department of Transportation had originally posted that the highway would be open this week, and then amended to opening by the end of the day September 13.  MDOT-West Michigan tweeted Thursday afternoon that due to a labor situation, the opening of the highway has been delayed again.

The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) and Operating Engineers Local 324 are currently at an impasse on a collective bargaining agreement and several crews have been locked out from construction projects statewide. A major construction project in Ottawa County has also been slowed.

Governor Rick Snyder is weighing in on the labor dispute, urging both sides to come together and resolve their differences. He says he’s also contacting Attorney General Bill Schuette to see if the dispute can be classified as an official labor dispute.

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6 comments

  • Sick of the crap

    OPEN THE F***ING HIGHWAY!!!! THE ONLY THING NOT DONE IS THE PLAINFIELD RAMP!!
    ARGUE ALL WINTER IF YOU WANT, BUT OPEN THE DAMN HIGHWAY YOU A**HOLES!!!!

  • Pissed off driver

    Open the highway – if their equipment is in the road, push it to the side. Additionally, charge each and every equipment operator with blocking a highway and throw their butts in jail

  • Valerie

    This is my first-ever post on a news story… Open the highway!!! If these workers and contractors won’t do it, let’s get some local Boy Scouts to go out there and move the cones! These detours are dangerous (stop and go congestion with distracted drivers) and have gone on long enough!

  • simple

    Unions are an important part of the American economy. But turning down an $8.00 an hour raise is just stupid crazy.
    This shutdown effects the rest of the lowered paid workers and is costing us a lot of our hard working money. That’s more than half of what i get paid hourly. THE UNION NEEDS TO STAND UP SOMEWHERE ELSE! YOUR NOT HURTING ANYBODY BUT THE LITTLE GUYS.

  • Sick of the crap

    Unions HAD their time, not anymore. Case in point… THIS SITUATION!! Want more? WORK more. Get it done QUICKLY and CORRECTLY. Quit your damn sniveling and whining selfish crap so the rest of us can get on with OUR work!!