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: At Least 24 People Shot, 3 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
Markham Mayor Roger Agpawa said he is watching closely to make sure the stoppage does not drag on for too long.READ MORE: MISSING: Matthew La Luz, 32, Last Seen In Rogers Park, May Need Serious Medical Attention
“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: Chicago Weather: Spotty Showers Sunday Night, Monday
The Amazon facility is expected to be up and running by October, bringing in more than 1,000 jobs to the area.