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Carpenters End Cedar Rapids Strike

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) - Union carpenters who have been striking most major construction projects in Cedar Rapids agreed to a new contract late Friday.

Local 308 spokesman Dave Hogan tells CBS 2 News the latest offer was accepted by rank and file members Friday afternoon, calling it "fair to both our carpenters and fair to the contractors".

The strike began May 1st when the union failed to reach accord with general contractors in the area primarily over pay rates. The union was seeking salaries equal to those in Iowa City, but contractors balked saying there's more demand in Johnson County than Cedar Rapids.

The was the second offer voted on by the local after the walkout May 1st.

Among the facilities affected by the strike were the new Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station, the remodel of the Convention Center and the new Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Union carpenters are expected to be back on the job Monday, May 13th.

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