Ironworkers union protests Austintown construction project

The Ironworkers union says local workers should have the contract, but the township says their contract was $80,000 above estimate

AUSTINTOWN TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – A local ironworkers’ union has a dispute with how Austintown Township is spending its money for a construction project.

A group of about 20 workers and their families protested outside the township building Tuesday morning. The protest is over the building of a salt bin.

The group with Ironworkers Local #207 say they are being cut out of a township construction job and want taxpayer money spent on local workers.

“When cities and townships put additional tax money on the ballot, and we have 20 guys here from Mahoning County and Austintown not working, who is getting the tax money?” asked Tony Deley, president of Ironworkers Local #207.

The demonstration comes after Austintown Township recently awarded a building contract to an outside non-union company because its bidding came in at $100 dollars under the estimate. According to township officials, the union workers’ contract came in $80,000 dollars above the estimate.