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New Pension Protection Legislation Proposed by Congress

New Pension Protection Legislation Proposed by Congress

November 17, 2017 In an exciting development for Teamsters across the country, new legislation was proposed yesterday to help protect earned pensions throughout the United States. The legislation, called the “Butch Lewis Act” after the late pension protection fighter Butch Lewis, was introduced at a press conference with the entire Democratic caucus in Congress standing in […]

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Photos from the General Membership Meeting — November 12, 2017

Photos from the General Membership Meeting — November 12, 2017

November 16, 2017 This past Sunday was Teamsters Local 174’s November General Membership Meeting. We had a great turnout, and we welcomed a huge group of new Initiates into our Local:   We went through the business portion of the meeting, including the swearing of the new Initiates by Local 174 President Ted Bunstine, the Trustees’ […]

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After Mediation Breaks Down, Pressure Mounts on First Student as Strike Could be Called at Any Moment

After Mediation Breaks Down, Pressure Mounts on First Student as Strike Could be Called at Any Moment

Letters from School Board and Seattle Mayor Make Clear that Labor Dispute with Teamsters Local 174 is First Student’s Responsibility to Solve November 15, 2017 After a complete breakdown in mediated negotiations between Teamsters Local 174 and First Student, avoiding a strike by over 400 Seattle school bus drivers seems all but impossible. First Student […]

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APP/World Fuel Services Teamsters Make Picket Signs in Preparation for Strike

APP/World Fuel Services Teamsters Make Picket Signs in Preparation for Strike

November 13, 2017 At 8:30AM on a Sunday morning, a large group of new Teamsters who drive fuel trucks for APP gathered at the Teamsters Local 174 Union Hall to discuss the status of their first contract negotiations. The update was unfortunately not a positive one: negotiations remain stalled over several critical issues that are […]

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Contract Ratification for Teamsters Local 174 Members at Mondelez

Contract Ratification for Teamsters Local 174 Members at Mondelez

After months of challenging negotiations, 14 drivers ratified a strong agreement November 6, 2017 On November 4, 2017, 14 Teamsters Local 174 members working at Mondelez voted to ratify a new 3-year agreement. The group of drivers, who deliver Mondelez products to stores, were thrilled to finally ratify a strong new contract after months of […]

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Meeting Between First Student and Teamsters Local 174 Produces Next Steps; Strike Threat Still Looms

Meeting Between First Student and Teamsters Local 174 Produces Next Steps; Strike Threat Still Looms

November 3, 2017 Yesterday afternoon, there was a meeting at the Teamsters Local 174 Union Hall between representatives from the Teamsters and First Student. The meeting, which included decision-makers from both sides, was not a bargaining session; instead, it was an attempt to assess the lay of the land and discuss next steps as First […]

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Seattle Public Schools Responds to Teamsters Local 174 Letter

Seattle Public Schools Responds to Teamsters Local 174 Letter

October 31, 2017 In a direct response to Local 174 Secretary Treasurer Rick Hicks’s letter dated October 30, 2017, Seattle Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Operations Pegi McEvoy has sent a letter to First Student. A PDF of the letter is available here, and the full text of the letter is below. The letter states […]

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“Sorry You Have Cancer”: This 26-year old First Student Driver’s Battle for Healthcare is a Battle for her Life

“Sorry You Have Cancer”: This 26-year old First Student Driver’s Battle for Healthcare is a Battle for her Life

October 31, 2017 At just 26 years old, school bus driver Olivia Moore has fought more hard battles than most of us will in a lifetime. She lost her mother during childhood, battled homelessness, depression, and anxiety, and is now standing shoulder to shoulder with her coworkers in the most important battle of all: a […]

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A Letter from Teamsters Local 174 to the Seattle School Board

A Letter from Teamsters Local 174 to the Seattle School Board

October 30, 2017 A letter was sent today from Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks to the Seattle School Board. The Board has continued to do nothing about the labor dispute between their transportation contractor First Student and its unionized workforce, who are proud members of Teamsters Local 174. A PDF copy of the letter is available here, […]

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Remembering Brother Brian Davis: 3 Years Later

Remembering Brother Brian Davis: 3 Years Later

October 19, 2017 Today marks the three-year anniversary of the tragic and untimely death of Local 174 Senior Business Agent Brian Davis. He is still very deeply missed. Rest in peace, Brother.  

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“A Life-Changing Experience”: Local 174 Members Return from Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

“A Life-Changing Experience”: Local 174 Members Return from Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

October 19, 2017 For Teamsters Local 174 member Ben Narayan, the decision to go down to Puerto Rico and help with hurricane relief was easy. “I saw on CNN that the Mayor down there was pleading ‘we can’t move the containers, we don’t have truck drivers.’ Well the Teamsters are built on trucking – it’s […]

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First Student Teamsters Speak Before the Seattle School Board

First Student Teamsters Speak Before the Seattle School Board

October 18, 2017 It was an electrifying evening at the Seattle School Board meeting, as dozens of First Student drivers attended the meeting wearing their reflective vests and carrying handmade signs. The signs, along with the energetic presence of the drivers themselves, made it clear to the Seattle School Board that this labor dispute does not […]

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