• 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 […]

  • The “Missing Link” Bicycle Track in Ballard: Coalition Including Teamsters 174 Favors Alternate Solution

    On March 9, 2017, a press release went out from the Veris Law Group PLLC regarding the completion of the Burke-Gilman Trail, a multi-use recreational trail that runs from Ballard to Bothell along the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Lake Washington, and then turns into the Sammamish River Trail and runs through Marymoor Park and on to Issaquah. In Ballard, there is a 1.5 mile stretch where the protected trail ceases to exist, called the “Missing Link.” Efforts to complete the “Missing Link” have been ongoing for over 20 years.

    The Burke-Gilman Trail, with the “Missing Link” shown in light green

    The main reason for the delay is disagreement on exactly how to go about completing the trail. One group believes the trail should be built on Shilshole Avenue, a busy industrial corridor where the trail would have to cross 55 industrial driveways and compete for space with large trucks and heavy industrial traffic. Another group believes it should follow a path two blocks farther north along Leary Way and Market Street, which would be slightly longer and steeper for cyclists but would not disrupt Ballard’s busy maritime industry.

  • AmeriGas Teamsters Vote Unanimously to Authorize Strike Action

    March 3, 2017

    On March 1, 2017, AmeriGas Teamsters voted unanimously to authorize our Union to take a strike action if necessary. The workers, who deliver fuel and fuel products, have been in the process of negotiating a first contract since December 2016 after voting in September 2016 to join Teamsters Local 174. However, the Company’s offer falls short of our members’ expectations. The responsibilities that it takes to maintain a CDL with hazmat endorsement, and the skills needed to deliver these dangerous and flammable products to both commercial and residential locations, in all weather conditions, demand a certain level of compensation.

    “All we want is fair treatment. We want our employer to follow the law and negotiate with us to get a contract that is acceptable to all of us,” said one AmeriGas employee.

    In 2016, AmeriGas reported $2.3 billion in revenues and $422 million in operating profit across the United States.

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    Exciting changes on the horizon as the Local 174 Business Agent family grows

    Several changes and additions have occurred here on the staff at Teamsters Local 174.

    Firstly, after more than 50 years as a Teamster and almost 20 years as a Business Agent, Senior Business Agent Larry Boyd retired on January 13, 2017. Larry’s decades of experience mean that he left behind a very large pair of shoes to fill. We all wish him well and hope that he enjoys the next chapter of his life.

    However, here at the Local, the show must go on. Larry’s jurisdiction, which included Sand & Gravel as well as Heavy Construction and over 40 Project Labor Agreements, will be split between two Business Agents. Heavy Construction, including Hos Brothers, ICON, Lakeside Industries, Merlino Construction, Mid Mountain Contractors, OMA Inc., and Scarsella Brothers, will fall to Senior Business Agent Carl Gasca. With ten years’ experience as a Business Agent here at Local 174, Carl is more than equipped to handle the needs of our Teamster members within this industry.

  • Associated Petroleum Products (APP) Drivers Vote to Join Local 174

     January 9, 2017

    In a major organizing victory for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Western Region Tank Haul Division, APP/World Fuel Service drivers voted to join Teamsters Local 174. Despite a strong anti-union campaign by APP, a majority of the 90 person unit voted on November 3, 2016 in favor of Union representation.

    “We are excited to welcome our newest members to the Teamsters Local 174 family,” said Dave Jacobsen, Western Region Tank Haul Director and Local 174 Senior Business Agent. “We have waited far too long for this victory. This is a prime example of the success we can have when the Local Union, the Division, the Joint Council and the International all work together to organize the unorganized.”

  • Stewards and Activists Leadership Development Program Oct. 15th

    There will be a Stewards and Activists Leadership Development Program Oct. 15th at the Tukwila Teamster Building (14675 Interurban Avenue South). All interested members are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The program will include the following: Wondering about how the Pension Works? Is your pension in trouble like those you see in the Teamsters Magazine? […]

  • Teamsters Local 986 Wins $4.2 Million Settlement for KAG West Employees

    Tankhaul Company Illegally Withheld Raises From Union Workers TEAMSTER.ORG – After fighting on behalf of workers for six years, Teamsters Local 986 has won a $4.2 million back-pay settlement for employees at KAG West in Southern California. “This is a huge victory for the workers at KAG West who voted to join Local 986 in […]

  • Teamster Nation News for Aug. 3-9

    Miranda, Herrera to Continue to Serve as Hispanic Caucus Leaders; Loop Transportation Drivers at Apple Now Have New Deal; Carhaul Bargaining Committee Endorses Preliminary Agreement; Local 1224 Allegiant Pilots Get Better Wages, Scheduling Under Contract; Tom T. Hall Sings a Song About Suds; Congress Can’t Let TPP Go Through

  • Patty’s Corner, July 2016

    I had the pleasure of attending the 29th International Convention the last week of July as an Alternate Delegate for 174. 1600 Delegates and Alternates from around the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, along with around 3000 guests, were in attendance. The Convention not only nominates candidates for the upcoming election of International Union Officers […]

  • It’s the Same ‘Ol, Same ‘Ol in New GOP Platform

    TEAMSTER.ORG | The Republican Party platform, adopted at its convention in Cleveland this week, backs a national so-called right-to-work (RTW) law, slams federal workers and trashes the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for using federal minimum wage and overtime pay laws to deny “flexibility” to businesses. And it wants to abolish the federal minimum wage, […]

  • Teamster Nation News for July 20-26

    TEAMSTER.ORG | In this week’s podcast: Increase in Strike Benefits Approved at IBT Convention; Teamster-Sponsored Panel Outlines Pitfalls of Union Curbing Legislation; Long Hours Play Large Part in ULP Strike Against International Paper; Locals 264,722 Again Refuse to Cross Strike Lines; Santa Rosa Durham Workers Talk Contract for First Time; Local 282 Concrete Drivers Ratify […]

  • Teamster Nation News for July 6-12

    In this week’s podcast: Union Sends United Message Against Soda Taxes; Freshman Gallego Joins Teamsters in Opposition to TPP; 4K More Costco Workers Now Have Better Pension Benefits; Three Years of Bargaining Ends in Success For Local 1224 Pilots; Nurses at Rady Children’s Hospital Demand Fairness in New Contract; N.H. Corrections Officers Now With Local […]