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 challenging negotiations.
“It was a long process to get here,” said Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “The Company originally came to the table with major takeaways, but we were able to fight those back and protect our members’ working conditions and Just Cause protections, while providing financial security with the best economic package this group has had in years.”
The new contract guarantees strong wage and pension increases, and also contains Health & Welfare protections to ensure that our members can continue to not pay anything out of pocket for healthcare.
The battle for this contract was long and difficult, and included a unanimous strike authorization vote on June 3. The contract originally expired on April 30, 2017.
“We would like to thank our members at Mondelez for their patience, solidarity, and for their belief in our efforts, with a special thanks to Local 174 Shop Steward Mick Fleming, who was a strong leader throughout bargaining,” said Local 174 Senior Business Agent Pete Lamb. “We were able to leverage that strength into a fantastic contract that we can all be proud of.”
Founded in 1909, Teamsters Local 174 represents 7,200 working men and women in the Seattle area. “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamstersLocal174.