Illinois Cement workers will be heading back to the plant in the New Year uncertain of how many days of work they’ll have before a presumed layoff begins. A temporary layoff of about 96 hourly workers is expected to begin Jan. 10 and last for a couple months.
“In theory, everyone should be back to work by the end of March,” said Andy Maier, an Illinois Cement employee, who was on the bargaining committee on behalf of the United Steelworkers Local 657 to discuss the pending layoff.
Maier said he believes there will be staggered callbacks beginning in February, although he stressed that specifics regarding the number of employees to be laid off and the specific start and end dates of the layoff are not definite at this time.
Production at the La Salle-based cement manufacturing company will be shut down during the layoff with only 14 hourly employees remaining, according to Maier. The layoff is not expected to affect management or other salaried employees.