Striking Workers Will Rally as USW “Bat Light” Returns to Continental Cement

Contact: Ron Wilkey at (636) 524-1239, OR Tony Montana at (412) 562-2592 or

The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that workers who have been on strike against Continental Cement’s unfair labor practices since Wednesday will rally with the union’s “bat light” projector at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at the plant entrance.

The USW bat light will return to Hannibal on Sunday to support members of USW Local 11-205, as they contend with Continental Cement breaking the law in management’s drive to force hourly employees to give up their voice over scheduling issues, overtime and cross training.

About 100 members of USW Local 11-205 engaged in a strike against Continental Cement over unfair labor practices on Feb, 22, 2023, and although the previous contract originally expired in May 2022, union employees continued working with and without a formal contract extension while bargaining continued.

The USW represents 850,000 workers in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and energy-producing industries, along with a growing number in public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.

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WHO:  USW Local 11-205 members and leaders
WHAT:  Rally with bat light to support a fair contract for striking workers at Continental Cement
WHEN:  6:30 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2023.
WHERE:  Plant entrance, 10107 Hwy. 79, Hannibal, Missouri

Contact the USW for information about the bat light schedule for Sunday evening.

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