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  • Fighting the Beverage Tax: Philadelphia Teamsters Local 830 Principal Officer Pens Letter to the Editor

    June 13, 2017

    We we know, we in Seattle are not the only ones doing battle against a Beverage Tax that threatens to destroy good Union jobs. Philadelphia’s Beverage Tax has been in effect since January of this year, and it has already destroyed 155 jobs while simultaneously bringing in less and less revenue to the City.

    Read this letter to the editor written by Teamsters Local 830 Principal Officer Danny Grace. This is what will happen to us and to our City if we don’t keep fighting! Rest assured, the Teamsters are not done yet.

    Here is the letter to the editor, which you can also view here.

    EXCLUSIVE: Teamsters 830 leader says 155 laid off thanks to Phila. Beverage Tax

    In an exclusive letter to the editor, Daniel H. Grace, of Teamsters Local 830, calls for more action to be taken against the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.

    It’s no surprise to Teamsters Local 830 or our colleagues in the beverage industry that revenue generated by Philadelphia’s reviled beverage tax has been much less than the city projected. We predicted it.

    The city brought in about $6.5 million in beverage tax revenue in April, which is a significant 7% drop from March when tax revenue hit $7 million.

  • Fighting the Beverage Tax: Seattle City Council Votes 7-1 in Favor of Amended Beverage Tax

    June 6, 2017 Yesterday, in a move that was as disappointing as it was unsurprising, the Seattle City Council voted 7-1 in favor of a tax on sweetened beverages. The amendments that had been made to the tax prior to the last Council meeting – to exclude diet soda, and to include $1.5 million for […]

  • Fighting the Beverage Tax: Martin Luther King County Labor Council Passes Resolution Against Beverage Tax


    For Immediate Release
    May 22, 2017


    Resolution is an important step in fight against Seattle’s proposed beverage tax

    On Wednesday May 17, 2017, Teamsters Local 174 presented a Resolution before the Martin Luther King County Labor Council urging them to “Beware of the Beverage Tax: It is not what it seems.” The Resolution, which demanded that any beverage tax proposal include measures to address the negative impact on working families, was passed by the Council in a unanimous vote of the delegates.

    In recent years, beverage taxes have become more and more attractive as potential revenue sources for cities and municipalities across the United States, including in the City of Seattle. However, these taxes have been shown time and time again to be destroyers of good jobs in the beverage industry and other related industries. Despite mounting evidence of this, beverage tax proponents have consistently failed to consider the adverse impacts these taxes have on the thousands of Union members who produce, warehouse, and deliver these products.

  • Rick Hicks

    Fighting the Beverage Tax: You can’t fight obesity by killing jobs

    Rick HicksAn Op-ed by Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks

    The tax on sugar-sweetened beverages proposed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is a disaster in waiting for local workers, businesses and families. On its surface, the tax may sound like a good idea: fighting the obesity epidemic while funding education at the same time – who wouldn’t like that? But the reality is that it is working families who will end up shouldering the heavy burden of this proposed tax.

    Similar taxes have already been implemented in other major cities in the United States, and the effects have been devastating to workers. Teamster families at Local 830 in Philadelphia have already begun to feel the negative impacts that this tax creates, as Philadelphia started collecting a 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages on January 1, 2017.

    Since then, Local 830’s Principal Officer Danny Grace reports that: Beverage companies as a whole have seen their sales decrease between 40%-54%; Pepsi Philadelphia has announced a first round of layoffs of between 80-100 employees, and Teamster commissioned salespersons for Pepsi have seen their weekly take home pay decrease between 50% to 70% due to lost sales in the market; Coca-Cola has initiated layoffs of approximately 30% of its work force in Philadelphia; Canada Dry/7-UP and Dr. Pepper has initiated layoffs of 35 Employees.

    All of these job losses have come from a tax of 1.5 cents-per-ounce – but Seattle Mayor Murray has proposed a tax of 2 cents-per-ounce. That is 33.3% higher.

  • Fighting the Beverage Tax: Press Conference on April 4, 2017

    April 4, 2017

    Our fight against the proposed Sugar Tax continued yesterday, as the Teamsters participated in a press conference to announce a coalition of small business, labor, and immigrant groups who all oppose this two-cent-per-ounce proposed tax on pre-sweetened beverages within the City of Seattle.

    Teamsters Local 174 Business Agent Pete Lamb gave a speech highlighting the job-killing effects of this kind of tax, which have already been seen by Teamsters in Philadelphia.

    View the Seattle Times article covering yesterday’s event below.

    You can read more about Teamsters Local 174’s position on this issue by clicking here.

    View our photos from yesterday’s event:

  • Local 162 Wins Dispatching Grievance for UPS Teamsters

    Local 174 President Ted Bunstine chaired the UPS Northwest Grievance Panel that issued this decision in favor of UPS drivers at our sister Local in Portland, Local 162.

    April 5, 2017

    On Christmas Eve in 2016, Local 162 members and UPS package car drivers working out of the Tualatin, Oregon facility were dispatched to work. But many showed up only to find that they were not needed.

    At least 50 of the UPS drivers were sent home after commuting to the facility on a holiday they could have spent with their families. This was a violation of Article 1 of the Joint Council 37 Rider and Article 19 of the Western Region Supplement. Teamsters Local 162 filed a class action grievance.

    “The union and the company had reached an agreement during our review of the peak season plans on how the work was to be dispatched at all of the UPS centers in our area on Christmas Eve,” said Local 162 President Mark Davison. “The company did not comply with our agreement at the Tualatin facility. UPS dispatched every driver to work even though they weren’t needed and many of the drivers who did work were grossly under dispatched. There were drivers dispatched with as few as 20 stops.”

  • Teamster Carhaul Members Ratify National Contract, Regional Agreement

    March 30, 2017

    Workers’ Top-Tier Benefits Are Protected Under Five-Year Contract

    (WASHINGTON) – Teamster carhaul members ratified a new national auto transporters contract and a regional agreement today which will maintain and protect health, welfare and pension benefits through May of 2021 and provide annual wage increases. The national contract was ratified by a margin of over 86 percent, and the Central Southern supplement was also ratified by 84 percent. Voting took place over the past three weeks and ballots were counted today.

  • 2017 Annual Golf Tournament and GTRC Scholarship Fundraiser

    Saturday, August 12, 2017 The Tournament will be held at Foster Golf Links in Tukwila, WA, a Union course. Play will begin at 8:00AM with a modified shotgun start. You must send in your registration by Aug 4, 2017. The course requires advance payment of fees. The $85.00 entry fee includes golf, cart, and lunch. […]