Fighting the Beverage Tax: Seattle City Council Meeting — May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017

Today, the Seattle City Council held their first meeting that involved public comment on the proposed Beverage Tax. The Teamsters strongly oppose this tax because it is a demonstrated killer of good jobs — a similar-but-lower tax destroyed hundreds of Teamster jobs in Philadelphia, and we do not want to see the same situation arise in Seattle. Read more about our position here and here.

Several Teamster members in the Beverage Industry came to give testimony in front of the Council.

Adam Murphy, Local 174 member at Columbia Distributing; JR Noa, Local 174 member at Coca-Cola; Luke Vaule, Local 174 member at Coca-Cola; and Anthony Brown, Local 174 member at PepsiCo


We got into the Council Chambers as early as we could to set up shop in the front row of the seating area, in full view of the Seattle City Council members in attendance:

Our crew getting comfortable in the front row of the Council Chamber

Teamsters Local 174 Business Agent Pete Lamb gave testimony before the council, as did several rank-and-file Teamsters — Columbia Distributing employee and Local 174 Trustee Adam Murphy, Coca-Cola employee JR Noa, Coca-Cola employee Luke Vaule, and PepsiCo employee Anthony Brown. Teamsters Joint Council 28 Political Director Lily Wilson-Codega also spoke out against the tax.

Local 174 Business Agent Pete Lamb

Columbia Distributing employee and Local 174 Trustee Adam Murphy

Coca-Cola employee and Local 174 member JR Noa

PepsiCo employee and Local 174 member Anthony Brown

Coca-Cola employee and Local 174 member Luke Vaule

Teamsters Joint Council 28 Political Director Lily Wilson-Codega

 

After the meeting, KIRO 7 News asked for an interview, and of course we obliged. Pete Lamb and Adam Murphy both eloquently described our objections to the tax: that while its goals may be noble, we cannot and will not support a tax that puts its burden predominantly on the poor, on people of color, and on working families. View the clip here.

The reporter interviews Local 174 Business Agent Pete Lamb

The KIRO 7 News team and the Teamsters share a laugh

The reporter interviews Columbia Distributing employee and Teamsters Local 174 member Adam Murphy

 

Go Teamsters!

 

See the full set of photos here:

Fighting the Beverage Tax at Seattle City Council May 3, 2017

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