Sand and Gravel Negotiations 2017

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: The day featured some stunning displays of both malice and incompetence by CalPortland managers …   But the day also included stunning solidarity and courage from […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.”