Stories

  • Washington State Patrol Communications Managers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 174

    April 28, 2017 Teamsters Local 174 is proud to welcome the Washington State Patrol Communications Managers to our membership. Prior to joining the Teamsters, the nine workers in the group – who oversee all the 911 operations for the entire Washington State Patrol – were members of their own Guild called the Washington State Patrol […]

  • Teamsters Back at City Hall to Continue Fight Against Beverage Tax

    April 27, 2016

    Representatives of the Keep Seattle Livable for All Coalition

    Teamsters Local 174 — along with representatives from Teamsters Local 117, Teamsters Joint Council 28, and members of the Seattle business community — showed up at City Hall in Seattle today to continue our fight against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed Beverage Tax. Mayor Murray held a press conference at 9:15 this morning to announce further details to his plan, including the addition of diet soda to the 1.75-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages.

    The Teamsters have been opposed to this tax from its inception, having seen firsthand the damage that beverage taxes inflict on family-wage and Union jobs (read more about our position here). We will not support a tax that will put hardworking middle-class Americans out of a job, no matter how well-intentioned the tax may be.

    In order to make our voices heard, the Teamsters and our coalition held our own press conference at City Hall immediately following the Mayor’s. Teamsters Local 174 Business Agent Pete Lamb was interviewed extensively by several news outlets, and he spoke eloquently about our deep concern that this tax will destroy good jobs in Seattle — just like it did when it was implemented in Philadelphia earlier this year.

  • 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.

  • Licton Springs Tiny House Village Opens — with help from the Teamsters

    See the below release from the Low Income Housing Institute announcing the opening of the new Licton Springs Village homeless encampment. Together, Teamster Locals 174, 763, 117, and Joint Council 28 donated two of the houses, and also Local 174’s members at The Boeing Company delivered the homes from Olympia to Seattle. The first person to move […]

  • Pictures from the Snohomish County Labor Council Apprenticeship Program

    The Teamsters Local 174 truck made an appearance yesterday at the Snohomish County Labor Council Apprenticeship Program’s “Trade UP!” Event. The event was an opportunity for  high school juniors and seniors to gain hands-on experience with various trade jobs in Snohomish County. Thank you to Teamsters 174 Business Agent Carl Gasca for driving the truck […]

  • The Sugar Tax: How has it affected Philadelphia, and how could it affect Seattle?

    March 29, 2017

    On February 21, 2017, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed a tax on sugary beverages for the City of Seattle. This tax, which would affect sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, pre-sweetened teas, coffees, and some fruit drinks, has already been implemented in several other major cities in the United States.

    One of the most recent cities to adopt this type of tax is Philadelphia, where a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages went into effect on January 1, 2017.

    The effects of this tax have been disastrous for the Beverage industry in Philadelphia. According to the Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 830, Danny Grace, the effects have been:

    • 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. 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

    The tax proposed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray would be $.02 per ounce, which is approximately 33.5% higher than the tax that went into effect in Philadelphia.

    “The impacts of such a tax in Seattle will be devastating to the hundreds of Teamster members that are employed in the Beverage industry,” said Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “And the impact wouldn’t stop there. This tax will have negative impacts on both Union and non-represented employees throughout the Beverage, Grocery, and Food Service industries as well. We cannot and do not support a tax that will put hardworking middle-class Americans out of a job, no matter how well-intentioned the tax may be.”

  • 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.

  • Teamster Truck at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Thanks to everyone who braved the rain to come out to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Seattle this past weekend. If you were there, then you probably saw the Teamsters Local 174 truck in all its glory! We had a great time honking the horn at everyone, and our illustrious Teamster chauffeur Carl Gasca […]

  • 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.

  • Photos from International Women’s Day Rally in Olympia

    We had a fun time celebrating International Women’s Day at the Capitol in Olympia! It was cold and rainy, but as I always say, it’s the people that make the party, and we have the best people anywhere. Just about the prettiest signs I’ve ever seen, too See the photo gallery below:

  • 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.