• FMCSA Adds New Opioids to Drug Testing Panel Effective January 1, 2018

    New Regulations will Test for Vicodin, OxyContin, Lorta, Norco, Dilaudid, etc. November 21, 2017 Beginning January 1, 2018, the US Department of Transportations’ Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will expand its drug testing panel to include four synthetic opioid drugs: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. These substances are more commonly known as Vicodin, OxyContin, […]

  • Contract Ratification for Teamsters Local 174 Members at Mondelez

    After months of challenging negotiations, 14 drivers ratified a strong agreement November 6, 2017 On November 4, 2017, 14 Teamsters Local 174 members working at Mondelez voted to ratify a new 3-year agreement. The group of drivers, who deliver Mondelez products to stores, were thrilled to finally ratify a strong new contract after months of […]

  • “A Life-Changing Experience”: Local 174 Members Return from Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

    October 19, 2017

    Local 174 Senior Business Agent/Recording Secretary Carl Gasca and Local 174 Safeway member Ben Narayan depart from Seattle

    For Teamsters Local 174 member Ben Narayan, the decision to go down to Puerto Rico and help with hurricane relief was easy.

    “I saw on CNN that the Mayor down there was pleading ‘we can’t move the containers, we don’t have truck drivers.’ Well the Teamsters are built on trucking – it’s the backbone of our Union,” said Ben, a 30-year Teamster who has worked at Safeway since 2009. “I said ‘we need to be helping these people by sending truck drivers down.’”

  • Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Update: October 10

    October 10, 2017 Today marks the sixth full day that Teamsters — including Local 174 Safeway member Ben Narayan and Senior Business Agent/Recording Secretary Carl Gasca — will spend in Puerto Rico helping to clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. The past five days have been filled with hard work that […]

  • 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 […]

  • Safeway.com Delivery Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 174

    Group of Drivers is First in the Nation to Organize with a Union September 6, 2017 Almost seventy delivery drivers at Safeway.com voted today to join Teamsters Local 174, a historic victory with potentially wide-ranging effects as these are the first Safeway.com delivery drivers in the nation to vote to join a Union. The organizing […]

  • Major Victory for Local 174 as Safeway Teamsters Ratify New Four-Year Agreement

    July 16, 2017

    Teamsters Local 174 members at Safeway voted today to ratify a new four-year contract with their Employer. The agreement covers both the drivers who deliver Safeway products to Safeway stores throughout the state, and workers in the Recycle Center.

    The new contract is an incredible victory for our members. They will be receiving industry-leading wage increases, along with full maintenance of benefits on their healthcare, and pension increases that put them in the top ten percent of Local 174 contracts.

  • Mondelez Teamsters Vote Unanimously to Authorize Strike Action

    June 5, 2017

    On June 3, 2017, Mondelez Teamsters from Local 174 and Local 117 all stood together in solidarity and voted unanimously to authorize a strike action if necessary. The group of workers includes Local 117 members working in a warehouse, and Local 174 members who deliver Mondelez products to stores. These workers have been in contract negotiations for several months with a Company that seems intent on giving them as little as possible — despite making billions of dollars in annual profit and having a stock price that has gone up more than 37% over the past three years.

    “They came to us at the bargaining table crying poor. But there’s just one problem: their financial information is public and they are anything but poor,” said Mondelez employee and Bargaining Committee member Mick Fleming. “Their CEO made well over $15 million last year. Now they want to take that money out of MY pocket? No way.”

    In 2016, Mondelez reported $25.9 billion in revenues and $2.57 billion in operating profit. Meanwhile, the Company is not even willing to provide its employees with sick leave.

  • Photos from Safeway Demands Meeting — May 21, 2017

    June 1, 2017

    I apologize for the delay in getting these pictures up, but as you can imagine, when dealing with photos of such a good-looking group, I wanted to make sure I gave my full attention to every single picture.

    On May 21, 2017, we had the Safeway Demands Meeting here at the Union hall. At this important meeting, members of the Safeway bargaining unit discussed their priorities and demands for the upcoming contract negotiation between Teamsters Local 174 and Safeway.

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  • Teamsters Protest Vistar Foodservice at ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie Premiere

    June 1, 2017

    Workers Ask Vistar to End Discrimination

    (HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) – Teamster members who work at Vistar Foodservice’s distribution facility in City of Industry, Calif. protested outside the world premiere of the film “Wonder Woman” last week.

    The 85 drivers and warehouse workers at Vistar, a division of Performance Food Group, are represented by Teamsters Local 630. The workers are currently in negotiations for their very first contract at Vistar.

    Outside the premiere, the workers held signs and distributed leaflets that said “Stop The Discrimination.” One major issue is that Vistar places women in the lowest-paying warehouse jobs, where they earn less than $13 per hour and some earn minimum wage.