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GHS construction unaffected by strike

GREENFIELD — A strike by construction operating engineers ended this week and ultimately had “little to no impact” on the Greenfield High School construction, said Project Manager Jim Byrne.

Construction Industries of Massachusetts announced in a press release Tuesday that it had reached a new three-year agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 98. The strike, which began Friday, had centered around the future of a crane operator position.

The workers in the union operate heavy equipment, like excavators and bulldozers, that are used for site preparation work done on large construction areas. At Greenfield High School, most of that work had occurred in the late spring and summer.

“We lucked out. It didn’t affect the schedule,” said Byrne.

High school construction continues on, as crews work to have the first phase of the $66 million school completed by next summer.

And now people can watch the project from their personal computers via a webcam. To view, go to: http://sdcgreenfield.com/webcam and click the “live image” tab.

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