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Montana says it is prepared if truck drivers strike

HELENA — A union covering about 300 state Department of Transportation truck drivers in western Montana warned Friday it may strike amid an ongoing dispute over pay freezes, while the state argues it can't raise pay since the Legislature didn't provide extra money to do so.

The workers have been without a contract for more than a year, like many state bargaining units displeased with pay freezes since 2008. But members of Teamsters Local 2 recently authorized a strike if the state doesn't respond quickly enough as mediation progresses.

Both sides are headed toward mediation talks, but the...


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