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  • Teamsters at First Student Put Together Picket Signs for Possible Strike

    October 13, 2017 Teamsters Local 174 members at First Student came together today to work on making picket signs for a potential Unfair Labor Practice strike. All the signs were carefully waterproofed to prepare for Seattle’s inevitable autumn rain, and morale was high despite the unfortunate circumstance that First Student and the Seattle School District have put these […]

  • Timmy Meyer Celebration of Life — October 15

    October 10, 2017 Timmy Meyer, a Teamster working at ICON, passed away at the age of 43 on October 5, 2017. There will be a celebration of life on Sunday, October 15 from 11AM to 3PM at the Quality Inn at 415 Ellingson Rd, Pacific WA. All friends and family are welcome. Lunch will be […]

  • King County Coalition of Unions Reaches a Fully-Recommended Tentative Agreement with County over a Master Labor Agreement

    October 5, 2017 We have some exciting news! Today, after nine months of challenging negotiations, our King County Coalition of Unions reached a fully-recommended tentative agreement with the County over a Master Labor Agreement (MLA). From the outset, our goal in MLA bargaining was to solidify the strongest language from the myriad of County contracts […]

  • Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Update: Day 1

    October 5, 2017 Today, Local 174 Safeway member Ben Narayan and Safeway Senior Business Agent/Recording Secretary Carl Gasca began their first full day of hurricane relief in Puerto Rico — though their actual work began many hours ago. They both worked the night shift bringing much-needed food and baby supplies to hard-hit areas of the […]

  • UPS Negotiations: National Screening Process Begins

    September 25, 2017 Today begins the next step in the process of getting a new contract for our members at UPS, as the National Negotiating Committee – including Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks, President Ted Bunstine, and Senior Business Agent Matt Webby – convenes near Washington, DC to assemble all the proposals from UPS members throughout […]

  • Update on King County Coalition Bargaining

    September 8, 2017 King County Master Labor Agreement (MLA) bargaining is getting down to the wire. The county is interested in ushering any tentative agreement reached with the coalition through the county’s contract transmittal process by December 28. To meet that timeline, they have proposed wrapping up MLA negotiations by next week and small table […]

  • 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.