MARKHAM, Ill. (CBS) — Construction of a new Amazon facility in south suburban Markham came to a halt Wednesday because of a union strike.
Picketers were seen outside the nearly-completed robotic fulfillment facility in Markham. Union carpenters are accusing Amazon of bringing in non-union workers after hours.READ MORE: Chicago Police Video Of Gruesome Humboldt Park Shooting Was Made Public Without City's Permission, CBS 2 Has Learned
Markham Mayor Roger Agpawa said he is watching closely to make sure the stoppage does not drag on for too long.READ MORE: 1 Dead After Crash On Dan Ryan Expressway At 63rd Street; All Lanes Were Shut Down
“What the impact is, is very the hope Amazon brought to Markham to begin with – and that is, jobs economic opportunity in the area, and certainly for Markham to benefit – and even in the region,” Agpawa said.MORE NEWS: Company Survived The Pandemic, But Now Folding The Tent Due To Lack Of Workers
The Amazon facility is expected to be up and running by October, bringing in more than 1,000 jobs to the area.