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Workers Strike At WTC Site Over Pay Cuts

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Hundreds of cement and concrete workers went on strike at the World Trade Center site Monday, but representatives from the Port Authority say the strike has no effect on work on the September 11th memorial.

Members of Local 6a, Local 18a and Local 20 who walked off the job told NY1 that their contract expired on July 1 and that the Cement League is trying to cut their pay by up to 20 percent.

"It's a horrible situation, you know? We built this city and they want to take money away from us, in this bad economy," said John Hardt of the Cement and Concrete Workers Union.

"They want to cut us whatever it is, 5, 10, 20 percent, they want to take from us," said Salvatore Merlino of the Cement and Concrete Workers Union. "All these years, we built this city."

"We mainly did this because they tried to give us a pay cut," said Luis McCoy of the Cement and Concrete Workers Union. "We make a nice amount of money, and they're trying to take it down, because it's all about politics."

The Port Authority told NY1 that the strike has had little effect on progress at the World Trade Center site, but the strikers say they will be joined by more workers later today.

The Cement and Concrete Workers Union has not officially commented on the strike.

A spokesman for the Cement League said that negotiations are ongoing but would not provide any additional information.

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