Building Material and Construction

  • 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 […]

  • 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.