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Bricklayers go on strike in St. Louis

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Construction projects that still need masonry performed might see some delays, starting today (Thursday).

About 1,200 bricklayers, tuckpointers, caulkers and cleaners went on strike at midnight when their contract ran out. They're striking against the Masons Contractors Association.

Don Brown, the union's business manager, says he'd not say what issues are sticking points because he'd rather negotiate in private rather than through the media.

Brown also says union members will only picket construction projects where other people are brought in to do their job., and he doesn't think that will happen.

Jobs that could be impacted include school construction in the Hazelwood district, and also the building of the new medical research building at Saint Louis University. But Brown also says contractors can sign interim agreements to keep workers on the job through the strike.