Building Materials & Construction

Building Materials and Construction Division

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Local 174 represents Building Materials and Construction workers at:

Alia RL, Bigge Crane, C&E Transport, City Transfer of Kent, Coluccio Construction, Hos Brothers, ICON, Lakeside Industries, Lehigh Northwest Technical Quality Control, Merlino Construction, Mid Mountain Contractors, NW Utilities, Pellco Construction, Scarsella Brothers, SCI Infrastructures, Tri-State Construction, Valley Pump Inc.
Armstrong Lumber, Blackstock Lumber, BMC West, Cadman, Cal Portland, Huttig Building Products, Lehigh Cement,  Limback Lumber Company, Old Castle Pre Cast “Utility Vault”, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, Sawdust Supply Company, Stoneway Concrete,
Foss Maritime Shipyard, Pacific Ship Repair, Vigor Industries Shipyard, Washington State Ferries
  • IBT Building Trades & Construction Division:
    The Teamsters Building Material & Construction Trade Division (BM&CTD) represents a wide variety of workers, including riggers, demolition workers, landscapers, pipeline construction workers, warehousers, and building supply manufactures.

    Here at Local 174, we represent workers in Sand and Gravel, Lumber, Shipyards, as well as Heavy Construction and over 40 regional Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). This division employs over 800 Teamsters at Local 174 and includes some of the most dangerous, difficult, and dirty work in the entire Union.

    IBT Division Director: Marion Davis

  • Business Agents:

    Carl Gasca
    Senior Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1323
    All Heavy Construction and PLAs

    Dave Jacobsen
    Senior Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1317
    Armstrong Lumber, BMC West, Blackstock Lumber, Huttig, Limback Lumber, Utility Vault, Foss Maritime Shipyard, Pacific Ship Repair, Vigor Shipyards

    Mike Walker
    Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1318
    Cadman, CalPortland, LeHigh, Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel, Sawdust Supply Co, Stoneway Concrete

  • Useful Links:

    Grievance form link

    **Please note that Grievances MUST be submitted in person or by fax. They will not be accepted via email.**



Building Trades & Construction Teamsters in the News:

FMCSA Adds New Opioids to Drug Testing Panel Effective January 1, 2018

New Regulations will Test for Vicodin, OxyContin, Lorta, Norco, Dilaudid, etc.

November 21, 2017

Beginning January 1, 2018, the US Department of Transportations’ Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will expand its drug testing panel to include four synthetic opioid drugs: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. These substances are more commonly known as Vicodin, OxyContin, Lorta, Norco, and Dilaudid, among others.

These drugs are being added in order to harmonize DOT regulations with the recently revised Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. The HHS Guidelines were updated after studies of drug abuse trends made it clear that opioid abuse needed to be addressed.

The inclusion of these drugs is intended to combat illegal opioid abuse. There should not be a problem with these drugs if they are being taken responsibly via a legally valid prescription consistent with the Controlled Substances Act.

All FMCSA-regulated employers have until January 1, 2018 to revise their drug and alcohol testing policies to conform to the new regulations. Any Teamsters Local 174 member with a Commercial Drivers’ License and who is subject to FMCSA drug and alcohol testing at work should be aware of these changes. If you have any questions, please contact your Teamster Business Agent.

To learn more about this, read the full Department of Transportation rule published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2017.

AGC 2018 Benefit Allocation

The signatory Teamster Local Unions and the AGC of Washington are parties to a collective bargaining agreement with effective dates of June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2018, which contains a provision for the parties to meet and allocate previously bargained wage/benefit dollars on an annual basis for the period 06/01/15 to 05/31/18 effective January 1 of each year.

Here is the new Wage and Fringe Summary that will go into effect January 1, 2018:

Note:  Only the Zone “A” wage rates are shown above.  Refer to the Master Agreement for Zone “B” and “C” rate adjustments and definitions of the above classes

O.M.A Construction Teamsters Ratify First Contract After Long Struggle

August 31, 2017

Almost a year to the day after the National Labor Relations Board certified Teamsters Local 174 as the representative of a group of O.M.A drivers and mechanics, the group voted by a margin of 95% last night to ratify their first contract, finally making them full-fledged members of Teamsters Local 174.

O.M.A employees celebrate their contract ratification

The journey to a contract – which started when the group was organized by Local 174 Organizer Meaza Ogbe over a year ago – has been difficult and full of obstacles, including a one-day Unfair Labor Practice strike on October 20, 2016, and a second unanimous strike authorization vote on July 16, 2017. However, today the group can relax and rejoice in the knowledge that their work is finally protected by a contract – and not just any contract, but a strong one that gives them a good foothold for increasing their position in the construction industry in the future.

“The guys are excited. Everyone is smiling,” said O.M.A employee and Bargaining Committee member Ken Knipp. “We are thankful to Meaza for seeing this process through to such a positive outcome. The guys really feel like they have a future now.”

“This two-year agreement is a great starting point, and we are glad to see this process reach a resolution that benefits everyone,” said Teamsters Local 174 Director of Negotiations Patty Warren. “Negotiating a first contract for a newly-organized group can be a challenge, but now that it is done, we look forward to building a strong future for these workers.”

The agreement gives the workers strong wage increases, as well as excellent hourly pension contributions and Teamster health and welfare benefits. It also contains language which will protect them and give them access to a full grievance procedure – which they did not have prior to being Union members.

Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks presents the contract to the assembled group of O.M.A drivers and mechanics

“This new contract sets a high standard within the traditionally non-union DBE and WMBE section of the construction industry, and we are proud of that,” said Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “Local 174 is once again leading the way into a new realm of possibility – the possibility of raising the standards in this part of the construction industry that has consistently paid its workers less than the competition. We encourage all of our signatory employers to use O.M.A for their WMBE requirement.”

The employees at O.M.A are happy to finally have a Teamster contract protecting them. “This has been a battle,” said Ken Knipp. “It’s been a hard fight, but we are looking forward to putting the past behind us. And of course, we are excited to finally be full members of Teamsters Local 174. We also want to thank the owner of O.M.A, Barry O’Young, for finally recognizing the value of the work we perform.”

Founded in 1909, Teamsters Local 174 represents 7,200 working men and women in the Seattle area. “Like” us on Facebook at

Calportland Strike Ends and Larger Strike Avoided as Teamsters Local 174 Members Ratify Contract With Sand and Gravel Companies

Record-setting Deal Approved by Members, Ending Unfair Labor Practice Strike at CalPortland

August 18, 2017

Local 174 sand and gravel Teamsters celebrate their contract ratification

A full week after 86 Teamsters at CalPortland walked off the job and 208 other Teamsters in the sand and gravel industry prepared to do the same, everyone is now back to work after a deal was finally reached in the pre-dawn hours between Teamsters Local 174 and the five companies involved in bargaining. The contract was voted on by Local 174 members at CalPortland, Cadman, Stoneway Concrete, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, and Lehigh Cement at a 9:00AM meeting this morning. It was ratified by a 92% margin.

The four-year contract includes record-setting wage increases, increases in pension contributions, and full maintenance of benefits for healthcare over the entire length of the contract. Most importantly of all, it includes language that protects Teamster work in King County from being undercut by drivers brought in from outlying areas at lower wage rates. (more…)

Teamsters Local 174 Unfair Labor Practice Strike Poised to Expand

Another Day of Mediation Leads Nowhere As Sand and Gravel Companies Continue to Refuse to Bargain in Good Faith

August 16, 2017

Today, on the sixth day of the Unfair Labor Practice strike against sand and gravel company CalPortland, the rest of the nearly 300 Teamsters in the sand and gravel industry prepare to join their 86 CalPortland Brothers on the picket lines.

CalPortland strikers stand up to be recognized in the packed auditorium

The potential for expanding the strike was discussed at a 9:00AM meeting at the Teamsters Local 174 Union Hall this morning, and the reaction from the crowd was thunderous: the drivers are absolutely ready to join CalPortland on strike to protest the various Unfair Labor Practices their employers have committed at the bargaining table.

These Unfair Labor Practices, which include refusal to bargain in good faith, refusal to provide information necessary for bargaining, and rejecting proposals without explanation or counter-offer, have made it impossible for the Union to reach any sort of deal with the Employers. (more…)

SAND & GRAVEL UPDATE: August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017
The Union and all five Sand & Gravel companies met with a mediator today to attempt to reach a deal.
The Union gave the companies a revised proposal that contained a 26% reduction from the previous Union proposal.
At 5:10PM, the companies rejected that proposal outright and did not give any counter proposal.
We will be meeting with ALL LOCAL 174 MEMBERS IN THE SAND & GRAVEL INDUSTRY tomorrow morning — August 16, 2017 — at 9:00AM at the Local 174 Union Hall to discuss next steps for the entire industry.
Stay tuned. #ROCKSOLID!

CalPortland ULP Strike: Day 4 Photos

August 14, 2017

Day 4 of the CalPortland ULP strike: everyone is getting into the swing of things and the camaraderie on the strike line is heartwarming. There were more vehicles honking their support today, and most importantly, the Teamsters 174 truck found its way to the Seattle picket and is parked directly in front of the CalPortland/Glacier Northwest corporate office. There will be mediation with all the Companies tomorrow, August 15 … let’s hope they are ready to follow the law and resolve these Unfair Labor Practices! And if not … well, you all know where to find us.

Picketers at the Seattle line pose with Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan


Teamsters holding the line in Snoqualmie


A Teamster holding the line in Snoqualmie


A UPS driver refusing to cross the line in Seattle gets help from the picketers to turn his truck around in traffic


Holding the line strong in Seattle


Snoqualmie striker takes a five minute break


Supporters from the King County Labor Council helping to hold the line in Seattle


Teamsters holding the line in Snoqualmie


Having a laugh while holding the line in Seattle


Teamster holding the line in Snoqualmie


Teamsters holding the line in Seattle


Teamsters holding the line in Seattle


Teamsters holding the line in Seattle


Teamster holding the line in Snoqualmie


Teamsters holding the line in Snoqualmie



Teamsters holding the line in Snoqualmie


Teamster holding the line in Snoqualmie


Teamsters hold the line in Snoqualmie as a truck blasts them with dust


Teamsters in Seattle pose with mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan


Teamsters pose with the Local 174 truck and mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan while holding the line in Seattle


Ironworkers support the Teamster strike line in Seattle

CalPortland ULP Strike: Day 2 Photos

August 12, 2017

Day 2 on the CalPortland Unfair Labor Practice strike line: The theme of the day was support! Support from Teamsters at different companies coming by to spend time with the picketers, support from families, children, spouses, and retirees, and support from other organizations that had no obligation whatsoever to be out there with us, but showed up anyway. Holding the line strong is a team effort, and we should all be proud of the teamwork we saw today!

Retired Teamster legend supporting the strike line in Seattle


Flying the American flag at the Seattle picket line


Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel Local 174 member supporting his Brothers and Sisters on the line in Seattle


Recology/Cleanscapes Teamsters and a Tiny Teamster supporting the line in Seattle


Supporters from outside organizations brought coffee and doughnuts to the strike line


Supporters from outside organizations came down to the strike line to show their solidarity


Teamsters and family holding the line in Kenmore


Teamster holding the line in Kenmore


Tiny Teamster holding the line in Kenmore


Tiny Teamster catches a ride with a Big Teamster to help hold the line in Kenmore


Teamsters holding the line in Kenmore


Teamsters including Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks holding the line in Kenmore


Tiny Teamster taking a lunch break on the line in Kenmore


Come out and support your striking Brothers and Sisters at CalPortland!

Calling all Teamsters and Teamster supporters!! The CalPortland strikers could use your support. If you aren’t working today, stop by one of the picket lines to support your Brothers and Sisters! You can bring them food, water, coffee, soda, or just your smiling selves ready to offer some moral support to the people on the line. A little love goes a long way. #rocksolid

  • Locations:
    Seattle — 5975 East Marginal Way, Seattle WA
    Kenmore — 6423 NE 175th st, Kenmore WA
    Snoqualmie — 5601 396th Drive SE, Snoqualmie WA

CalPortland Strike: Day 1 Photos

August 11, 2017

Today was Day 1 of Teamsters Local 174’s Unfair Labor Practice strike against Sand & Gravel Company CalPortland.

Here are some of the photos from the day:

Local 174 members, including Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks, delay a truck from exiting the CalPortland plant

The day featured some stunning displays of both malice and incompetence by CalPortland managers …

Local 174 member Brett Gallagher still smiling after being intentionally hit by a concrete mixer truck driven by a supervisor. The police were called and the incident is under investigation.


A concrete mixer truck driven by a supervisor drives down the road with the chute down. [that’s bad]

But the day also included stunning solidarity and courage from Local 174 members across the region who stood firm against their Employer’s misconduct at the bargaining table:

Teamsters Local 174 member holding the line against a CalPortland concrete mixer truck driven by a supervisor


Local 174 members holding the line in Kenmore


Local 174 Bargaining Committee member Mark Hislop holding the line in Seattle


Local 174 members holding the line in Snoqualmie


Local 174 members holding the line in Seattle


Local 174 member holding the line in Seattle


Local 174 members holding the line in Seattle


Strike sign on East Marginal in Seattle


Local 174 member rests behind his strike sign in Seattle

Overall, it was a proud day for Local 174, for the Teamsters as a whole, and for Labor Unions everywhere. ROCK SOLID!

Teamsters Local 174 Members at CalPortland are on an Unfair Labor Practice Strike

August 11, 2017

As of 7:00AM this morning, Teamsters Local 174 members at concrete company CalPortland are on an Unfair Labor Practice strike. The goal of the strike is to get the Company to stop violating federal labor law and bargain in good faith.

Negotiations with five different Sand and Gravel companies — CalPortland, Cadman, Stoneway, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, and Lehigh Cement — broke down several weeks ago after the Employers refused to bargain in good faith, refused to provide information necessary to continue negotiations, and rejected Union proposals without explanation or counter offer. Because of these Unfair Labor Practices, of which CalPortland was the worst offender, Teamsters at that company walked off the job in an Unfair Labor Practice strike this morning.

“We told CalPortland over and over again that they needed to follow the law and bargain fairly or they were going to end up with a work stoppage,” said Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “They didn’t listen to us, and now here we are. We hope that this can be resolved quickly and we can get back to the bargaining table to get a contract that everyone can agree to.”

Picket lines are being held at CalPortland locations in Seattle, Kenmore, and Snoqualmie.

Mediation between the Sand & Gravel companies and Local 174 is scheduled for Tuesday.

Founded in 1909, Teamsters Local 174 represents 7,200 working men and women in the Seattle area. “Like” us on Facebook at

Sand & Gravel Update: Another Lowball Offer Rejected as the Probability of Strike Increases

August 3, 2017

For the second time in a week, concrete trucks across the Seattle area sat empty as their drivers attended another meeting at the Local 174 Union Hall to discuss their Employers’ latest contract offer. And also for the second time in a week, the Companies’ lowball offer was rejected with a boisterous voice vote, as the group unanimously agreed that the offer was not even worth voting.

Auditorium full of Sand & Gravel employees

Over 90% of the 294 Teamsters mixer drivers and support employees working at Cadman, Stoneway, CalPortland, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, and Lehigh Cement were in attendance at the 9:00AM meeting. Once again the room was packed, with orange “Rock Solid” shirts worn by most of the meeting’s attendees.

The highlight of the meeting was the speeches given by the members themselves. These speeches came not only from members of the rank-and-file Bargaining Committee, but from various people in the assembled crowd: older workers who had over thirty years on the job, younger workers who had never been on strike before, and workers from nearly all of the different Companies and work locations represented in the room. The message of the speeches was universal: we are standing together in solidarity to demand that our Employers give us the respect we deserve.

One speaker reminded the crowd that in 2008, they had accepted a contract with no wage increases over three years. They did this because the industry was in a downturn, and the workers knew that was what they needed to do in order to keep their Employers in business so that they would have jobs to come back to when the industry improved. Now that Seattle is in the midst of a massive construction boom, the time has arrived to make up for those years.

“It’s our turn,” CalPortland employee and rank-and-file Bargaining Committee member Mark Hislop repeated several times, to cheers, hoots, and loud applause. “It is OUR TIME!”

The huge, orange-clad crowd applauds a speech from their Bargaining Committee members

At the close of the meeting and with very member fired up and in lock-step, Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks convinced the members to return to work until and unless they hear otherwise.

After the meeting adjourned, the Bargaining Committee and Local 174 representatives met to discuss what happens next. When the subject of the group’s strength and solidarity came up, once again, the message was unanimous and clear: “They’re solid. They’re strong. I haven’t heard one single person waver,” said Local 174 Business Agent Michael Walker, a former Cadman driver who now serves as the Business Agent for the Sand & Gravel workers. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen them as enthusiastic as they are right now.”

Meanwhile, the group of workers will continue to work under their expired contract as Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks and Director of Negotiations Patty Warren do everything in their power to avoid a strike. The goal is still to reach a contract deal that will satisfy both sides.

“A strike is always a last resort,” Rick Hicks said. “But at this point, we seem to be running out of options. These Employers still just do not get it.”

As for whether or not they will ‘get it’ without the Teamsters delivering their message from the street, only time will tell.

Founded in 1909, Teamsters Local 174 represents 7,200 working men and women in the Seattle area. “Like” us on Facebook at

Sand & Gravel 9:00PM August 2 update

Sand & Gravel UPDATE: Mediation broke down just before 9:00PM tonight. All Sand & Gravel Teamsters are now requested to attend a meeting at the Union Hall at 9:00AM tomorrow morning — August 3 — to discuss the Employers’ most recent offer which was not accepted by the Bargaining Committee.

All members in this industry should make every effort to attend!!

Sand and Gravel Update: Still No Deal as Both Sides Prepare for Possible Strike

August 2, 2017

The group of Sand & Gravel Teamsters gathers for a meeting at the Local 174 Union Hall

Yesterday morning, the auditorium at the Local 174 Union Hall was once again packed with an army of orange shirts, as employees from five Sand & Gravel companies – Cadman, Stoneway, CalPortland, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, and Lehigh Cement – all attended a 9:00AM meeting to discuss the status of their contract negotiations. The contract had expired at midnight the night before.

The status of their negotiations? “No deal,” Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks told the assembled crowd. “We were at it until almost one o’clock in the morning last night. They gave us a last-best-and-final offer, that wasn’t even close to what you sent us to get. Not just in the money, but in the language that would protect your jobs.”

Teamsters in orange Rock Solid shirts listen to Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks update them on negotiations


Sand & Gravel Teamsters Vote Overwhelmingly in Favor of Strike Action

July 22, 2017

It has been a busy week for votes here at the Teamsters Local 174 Union Hall, and last night the streak continued as Teamsters employed in the Sand & Gravel industry voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike action.

This nearly-unanimous vote comes after a long week of contract negotiations that have led nowhere. The group had the Friday night meeting marked on their calendars for nearly a week – but everyone was originally hoping that the vote would be on a complete contract proposal from their Employers. Since no agreement was reached, the gathered employees instead voted to authorize a strike.

Sand & Gravel Teamster casts a ballot

“We really wanted to put a recommended proposal in front of our members at this meeting, but the Employers didn’t seem interested in cooperating with us on that goal,” said Local 174 Director of Negotiations Patty Warren. “Every proposal was met with ‘reject, reject, reject.’ They acted like the sky was falling with every proposal we made, which is outrageous behavior for an industry in the middle of a record-setting boom. I’ve never seen such blatant disrespect from an Employer in all my years of negotiating contracts.” (more…)

100% Unanimous Strike Authorization at O.M.A Construction

July 19, 2017

This past Sunday, Teamsters Local 174 members employed at O.M.A Construction voted unanimously in favor of a strike action – for the second time in their brief history as Teamsters. The first strike vote came in October of 2016, and led to a one-day strike on October 20, 2016.

O.M.A Construction group on strike October 20, 2016

On August 24, 2016, The National Labor Relations Board certified Local 174 as the representative of the group of drivers and mechanics after a long and drawn-out election certification process. The battle that began before they even became Teamsters has only gotten worse since then, as the group fights an Employer who has refused to give them a fair and equitable contract.

The fight reached its first peak in October of 2016 when the group held an Unfair Labor Practice strike at O.M.A. They braved near-monsoon conditions while holding picket lines in Seattle and Sumner. O.M.A vehicles in the Company’s lot sat empty for the day, costing their Employer more money with each minute they were not out earning revenue.

The strike, while brief, was enough to get O.M.A Construction owner Barry O’Young’s attention and bring him back to the bargaining table – but not for long. While he came back to the table to resolve the unfair labor practices, he was not willing to continue contract negotiations.

O’Young apparently has a short memory, as he quickly forgot about the money he lost while his employees were on strike. Progress in negotiations has been at a standstill, with the Company still refusing to pay the construction standard on private jobs in wages or pension, and in many other areas of the contract such as daily overtime. (more…)

ATTENTION SAND & GRAVEL: Vote Coming Friday July 21 at 7:00PM

To all Teamsters Local 174 members in good standing employed in Sand & Gravel (at Cadman, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, Stoneway Concrete, CalPortland, or Lehigh):

You will be voting this Friday, July 21 at 7:00PM here at the Teamsters Union Hall on either a Recommended Offer, or a Strike Vote. Please make every effort to attend the meeting!

View the flyer as a PDF here.

Photos from Sand and Gravel Demands Meeting — May 21, 2017

June 2, 2017

On May 21, 2017, Local 174 members from five different Sand and Gravel employers came down to the Union hall to hold their Demands Meeting.

It was a productive meeting that gave the Local 174 contract negotiating team a good idea of what was important to the membership for their upcoming contract negotiation.

At the meeting, a Bargaining Committee was also selected. These representatives from the rank-and-file membership will attend all bargaining sessions with the Companies. They are:

John Anderson from Stoneway Seattle
Sean Stott from Stoneway Renton
Greg Allen from Salmon Bay
Todd Parker from Cadman Seattle
Dave McDowell from Cadman Eastside
Manny Navarro from Cadman Eastside
Ken Fiene from CalPortland
Mark Hislop from CalPortland
Curtis Emerson from Lehigh Cement

Here are some photos from the event. The full set is at the bottom, and is also available on Facebook at…)

Sand & Gravel Demands Meeting

Date: May 21, 2017. Click above for information.


Seattle Tunnel Project Tour — April 12, 2017

April 13, 2017

It was an exciting morning yesterday for a lucky group of Teamsters from Local 174, as well as other Teamster Locals across the country who were in town for the IBT Safety and Health Department’s Annual Instructor Development Program, led by Tom George, Director of the Teamsters/AGC Training Center. Local 174 Senior Business Agent Carl Gasca was able to arrange for us to be given access to the immense Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel project, where we were one of the last tour groups likely to be allowed into the site. Drilling of the tunnel — using the largest-ever Deep Boring Machine, “Bertha” — first started July 30, 2013, and after several delays, Bertha finally broke through the far side of her 2-mile journey on April 4, 2017. The project has involved Teamster labor at every step, with Teamsters driving sweepers, water trucks, concrete mixers, and various other heavy equipment in and out of the site.

We would like to thank Seattle Tunnel Partners Project Manager Chris Dixon, as well as STP Tunnel Quality Manager Carl Neagoy and Dragados Vice President of Underground Operations Greg Hauser for allowing us into the tunnel and giving us an amazing tour. The sheer immensity of this tunnel was indescribable, and difficult to properly capture in photos. The amount of skill, ingenuity, and absolute perfectionism involved in getting this work done boggles the mind. The more our tour guides explained the process of drilling, mining, and building the tunnel, the more awestruck our entire group became.


Paul Nerdrum of Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel Writes Letter RE Burke-Gilman Trail “Missing Link”

The saga of the “Missing Link” continues today as Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel Vice President Paul Nerdrum has sent a letter to Mayor Ed Murray, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation Scott Kubly, and Director of the Office of Economic Development Brian Surratt. For background of the story, click here.

Nerdrum’s letter expresses disappointment and a loss of faith in the City’s Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Design Advisory Committee (DAC), accusing the City of using the DAC “to rubber stamp the same flawed trail location and design first suggested over 17 years ago.” He goes on to say that Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel is ready to participate in a process to determine the best route for the Missing Link, but only if the process is open and honest and examines “all design and locational alternatives to solving the Missing Link, including the Leary and Market route recommended by world-leading trail designers from Copenhagen.”

Read the full text of the letter here: P. Nerdrum Ltr to Mayor, SDOT & City Council re Design Advisory Committee (3.23.2017)

Teamsters Local 174 Descends On City Hall

March 21, 2017

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the Seattle City Council received a visit from a coalition of labor, business, and community leaders, including Teamsters Local 174, to express our opposition to the City’s current plan on where to complete the “Missing Link” to the Burke-Gilman bicycle trail in Ballard. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced in a press conference on February 28 that all interested parties had agreed to build the trail on Shilshole Avenue South, a thriving industrial corridor that is home to many family and union wage employers, including several Teamsters Local 174 signatory employers.

Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel is a Teamster employer located directly in the path of the intended “Missing Link” to the Burke-Gilman Trail. The suggested Burke-Gilman Trail route would have trucks like these crossing the bicycle path thousands of times a day.

However, the Mayor seems to have been misinformed. While certain opponents of the Shilshole Avenue plan have been persuaded to change their position, our coalition still strongly opposes this plan and believes that the trail would make much more sense if it were built on Leary Ave and Market Street. Building the trail there instead of on Shilshole would also save tens of millions of dollars, as the cost would likely be closer to $2 million rather than the $31 million budgeted for the Shilshole Avenue South route. Our coalition put out a press release on March 9, 2017 describing our position and the reasoning for it. The press release includes a quote from Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. It can be viewed here, and you can learn more about the background of the situation here.

Sen. Flake Legislation to Repeal Davis-Bacon an Attack on Working Families

January 26, 2017
Eliminating Prevailing Wage Undercuts Middle Class Americans

(WASHINGTON) – With his introduction of legislation to eliminate prevailing wage on federal infrastructure and construction projects this week, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has leveled a vicious attack on livelihoods of millions of middle class workers.

Short and Sweet: One-day Strikes at OMA and Selland Get the Job Done

January 10, 2017

Just before five o’clock in the morning on October 20, 2016, in the cold pre-dawn darkness, a canopy was raised next to a construction yard in Seattle to protect the people underneath it from the driving rain. A burn barrel with the numbers “174” carved into it was filled with wood and set on fire. Someone had brought hot coffee, someone else had brought doughnuts, and everyone wished they had remembered their long underwear. The Teamsters Local 174 semi truck was parked across the street, and out of it came dozens of signs nailed to wooden stakes. The signs, which had been assembled the prior day, read “On Strike – O.M.A Unfair Labor Practice.” Teamsters Local 174 was going out on strike.

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