Hundreds of heavy equipment operators are walking off the job and onto the picket line in northern Indiana.
They’re not fighting for higher wages, but more health insurance benefits.
The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 expanded the strike Monday to include 12 asphalt plants, too.
"The cost of healthcare is running wild, and we are trying to ensure that our members and their families can simply maintain the level of coverage that they currently have," said David Fagan, Local 150 Financial Secretary and Lead Negotiator for Indiana.
A spokesperson for the union said the strike affects building, road, bridge, and other types of projects in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaGrange, Marshall, Fulton, Kosciusko, Noble, Newton, Jasper, Starke, and Pulaski Counties.
The strike put at least seven state transportation projects at a standstill in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte County on Monday, according to INDOT.