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Selland Auto Transport: Update from Teamsters Negotiating Committee

A quick update from your Teamsters Negotiating Committee about the mechanics being back at work, a new voluntary time off policy and health care:

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.

There are also issues of cost differential ($31 million to build the trail on Shilshole, versus ~$2 million to build the trail on Leary and Market), issues of social equity as such a large sum of money is allocated to a predominantly white community, and timing issues related to the need for Seattle Public Utilities to build a combined sewer overflow in the same location as the proposed trail path along Shilshole Ave. To learn the full background of this situation, click here.

However, on Tuesday February 28, 2017, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray held a press conference in which he announced that a compromise had been reached and everyone was finally in agreement about building the trail along Shilshole Avenue. Read more about the Mayor’s press conference here.

The problem is, the Mayor seems to have been misinformed. While certain opponents of the Shilshole Avenue plan have been persuaded to change their position, a coalition of labor, business, and community leaders still strongly oppose this plan and believe that the trail would make much more sense if it were built on Leary Ave and Market Street. This coalition, which includes Teamsters Local 174, 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. The press release can be viewed here, and the text of it is also below.

If you would like to take action to encourage the safer, cheaper, more equitable choice of building the trail on Leary and Market, click here and follow the instructions to contact members of the Seattle City Council.

‘MISSING LINK’ SOLUTION UNBALANCED, UNEQUITABLE, UNACCEPTABLE FOR SAFETY AND FOR WORKERS

Burke Gilman Trail’s $31 million price tag represents misplaced spending priorities

SEATTLE, WA – A coalition of labor, business, and community leaders long involved in the effort to complete a safe bicycle and pedestrian pathway as part of the Burke Gilman Trail are strongly opposed to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s recent announcement that a final compromise on the Burke Gilman had been reached. The coalition is united in voicing the concerns and interests of working people and underserved communities affected by the ongoing trail debate.

“Once again, the inequitable priorities of the Mayor are reflected in how he spends public money. The City’s adopted CIP budget estimates the Mayor’s and Councilmember O’Brien’s proposed Burke Gilman solution will cost $31 million for 1.5 miles of recreational trail that will pass within shouting distance of large homeless encampments. Everyone wants safe passage for pedestrians and bikers throughout the city. But this multi-million-dollar project north of the ship canal is another example of the city’s deliberate inattention to Seattle’s real world socioeconomic imbalances,” said Josh Brower, a spokesperson for the coalition and attorney with Veris Law Group. “The Mayor and Councilmember O’Brien continue to be tone deaf to Seattle’s real issues and problems,” continued Brower.

Consisting of business owners, labor, and community leaders, the coalition has not wavered from its position that safety, family wage jobs, and equitable distribution of SDOT funds throughout the city should be reflected in the Burke Gilman solution. Despite his announcement, the Mayor’s proposal falls short in every respect. Along Shilshole Avenue, many business owners agreed that the realities of daily operations are a potentially dangerous mismatch for pedestrians and bicyclists.

“Bicycle riders should rejoice that so much care is taken to ensure safe passage through an industrial area,” said Brian McGarvey, a longtime Seattle cyclist. “But at a cost of $31 million for 1.5 miles, the missing link is still lacking meaningful resolution to some serious issues including 55 driveways along this route that are crossed by large trucks and bikes.”

Several businesses headquartered in the area are opposed to the proposed route along Shilshole Avenue and agree that the touted Murray solution looks like a win for a handful of bicyclists in north Seattle on the backs of blue-collar workers and their families.

“We really have to look at who we are as a city when a recreational trail could displace union and family wage jobs,” said Scott Anderson, owner of CSR Marine, which is located on Shilshole Avenue. “If you believe that the future of this city is the tech industry alone, then I ask you to remember that famous billboard erected during an aerospace downturn that read, ‘will the last person in Seattle turn the lights out?’ The truth is, companies like mine and other maritime-based industry here in Seattle have a tradition that makes us among the best in the world. Our local economy is stronger because of the variety of good-paying jobs we offer people with all skill levels.”

For labor leaders representing the King County Labor Council and the Teamsters Union Local 174, the Mayor’s unresponsiveness to people who aren’t benefiting equally from the real estate and high tech boom in Seattle was amplified once again by his Burke Gilman announcement.

Nicole Grant, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the King County Labor Council, which includes over 150 organizations and more than 100,000 affiliated workers, stated that, “Ballard is one of Seattle’s most precious neighborhoods and one of the things that makes it special is that it has its own economy. So many union members live and work in Ballard in the heavy industrial economy as concrete mixers, machinists, warehouse workers and, of course, in Ballard’s world-renowned fisheries. I’m a cyclist myself but I could not see putting a trail where it would jeopardize the livelihood of so many families. It makes the most sense to put the trail on Leary and Market and keep Shilshole a productive industrial zone.”

“This plan in its current form is absolute lunacy,” said Rick Hicks, Secretary-Treasurer of the Teamsters Union Local 174, which has over 7,500 members in the Seattle area. “We have Teamster drivers out there crossing the proposed trail route hundreds of times a day – in fuel tanker trucks, in concrete mixers, in package cars, and in tractor-trailers. I don’t need to describe to you what will happen if a bicyclist winds up in front of one of those trucks. I have not heard one single compelling reason for building the trail on Shilshole Avenue instead of just two blocks up on Leary, where bicyclists will not be placed directly under the wheels of our members’ trucks.”

For community leaders previously heartened by the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, intended to address race-based gaps in City programs and spending, the Mayor has taken another step backward. The millions of dollars estimated to bridge this relatively small “missing link” is disproportionate to other areas of the city where Seattleites need infrastructure to bike safely. Four of the five major projects in the City’s Bicycle Master Plan are outside of communities of color.

“For several years, many people have been focused on finishing a section of the Burke Gilman Trail through Ballard where plenty of facilities already exist,” said Pamela Banks, President & CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. “Meanwhile, in south and southeast Seattle, there is very little that is comparable in terms of spending on infrastructure, promoting bicycling and pedestrian safety. Seattle prides itself on an identity of addressing equity but continues to fail to address some of the most mundane issues of race, class and social justice. We can do better.”

The coalition will focus its attention on Seattle’s City Council to help equitably resolve the challenge of the Burke Gilman Trail. The “Leary/Market Street” option continues to be the coalition’s favored approach for the safety and protection of pedestrians, bicyclists, and the truckers who utilize Shilshole Avenue in the daily course of business. In addition, the coalition emphasizes that the cost of the Leary/Market Street solution, which they estimate could be completed for about $2 million, is appropriate for spending on a recreational trail that is beloved by many but that should not occur at the expense of working families and middle class jobs. Coalition leaders emphasize that communities throughout Seattle should benefit from the City’s limited dollars on bicycle facilities and education and the Leary/Market Street option is a more balanced solution to benefit more Seattleites, not a geographically-fortunate few.

More information can be found at www.ballardcycletrack.com

Press Contact:
Josh Brower
206-829-8233

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.
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Airgas Workers Join Teamsters

February 27, 2017

Drivers in Waterford, Conn. Join Teamsters Local 493 for Improvements to Working Conditions

(UNCASVILLE, Conn.) – Workers with Airgas in Waterford, Conn., have voted overwhelmingly in favor of representation by Teamsters Local 493, seeking improvements to their working conditions.

The 14 fillers, loaders, warehouse workers, lab techs and drivers sought out Teamster representation and proceeded to an election within 30 days.
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Teamster UPS Aircraft Mechanics File For Release From Mediation

February 23, 2017

Critical Supply Chain Workers Move Closer to a Strike

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – After more than three and a half years of UPS refusing to agree to a new contract with aircraft mechanics and related classifications, Wednesday the mechanics requested that the National Mediation Board (NMB) release them from mediated negotiations with the company.

UPS relies on the mechanics, stationed at over 90 gateways across the country, for all maintenance of its cargo aircraft. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division Director David Bourne delivered the request to the NMB. He also advised the NMB that Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa has pledged his and the International Union’s full support of the mechanics’ request.
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Teamsters International Officer Election Certified

February 16, 2017

The results of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters election of officers have been certified by election supervisor Richard Mark. The certification can be viewed here.

General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, International Vice Presidents and International Trustees elected in the membership vote will begin a five-year term in mid-March.

Leaders of Carhaul Local Unions Overwhelmingly Endorse Tentative Agreement

February 16, 2017

Leaders of Carhaul local unions from across the country overwhelmingly endorsed a new tentative National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) today in Detroit, paving the way for members to vote on the contract.

Ballots are scheduled to be mailed out to members on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30. Local unions will conduct informational meetings leading up to the March 10 mailing date.
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Sean O’Brien Appointed To Lead Teamsters Package Division

February 13, 2017

Will Lead UPS Negotiations, Nation’s Largest Private-Sector Contract

(WASHINGTON) – International Vice President Sean O’Brien has been named Director of the Teamsters Package Division. The division represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight.

“I am pleased to appoint Sean O’Brien to lead our Package Division team as we head into the all important 2018 contract negotiations with UPS,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “With Sean’s experience, enthusiasm and commitment I am confident that he will lead the fight for our members to achieve a strong contract.”
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Teamsters Will Fight Kellogg’s Job-Killing Plan

February 10, 2017

Surprise Announcement Changing Keebler Distribution System Will Destroy 1,200 Jobs

(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement by Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa:

“On February 8, The Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) announced its short-sighted plan to eliminate their U.S.(Keebler) snacks direct store delivery system across the country which will destroy nearly 1,200 good, Teamster jobs in key markets across the country. It is an outrage for Kellogg’s – an iconic American company – to turn its back on working families.
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Ernie Soehl Appointed to Lead Teamsters National Freight Division

February 10, 2017

Prepared To Tackle Challenges Facing the Freight Industry

(WASHINGTON) – International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa has appointed Ernie Soehl as the director of the Teamsters National Freight Division.

“I am pleased to appoint Ernie Soehl to lead our National Freight Division moving forward,” Hoffa said. “Our freight members continue to face many difficult challenges in an industry that is fraught with uncertainty. I am confident that Ernie will tackle these challenges head on and lead the fight for our members.”
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Teamsters Local 700 Files Unfair Labor Practice Against Grundy County Sheriff and Grundy County

February 6, 2017

Sheriff Refuses to Bargain in Good Faith With Union Regarding Grundy Co. Sergeants

(GRUNDY COUNTY, Ill.) – On Feb. 1, 2017, Teamsters Local 700 filed an unfair labor practice with the Illinois Labor Relations Board against the Grundy County Sheriff and Grundy County (“Employer”) after the Employer stopped providing health insurance for the Grundy County sergeants while the parties are trying to negotiate a new contract.
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Exciting changes on the horizon as the Local 174 Business Agent family grows

Several changes and additions have occurred here on the staff at Teamsters Local 174.

Firstly, after more than 50 years as a Teamster and almost 20 years as a Business Agent, Senior Business Agent Larry Boyd retired on January 13, 2017. Larry’s decades of experience mean that he left behind a very large pair of shoes to fill. We all wish him well and hope that he enjoys the next chapter of his life.

However, here at the Local, the show must go on. Larry’s jurisdiction, which included Sand & Gravel as well as Heavy Construction and over 40 Project Labor Agreements, will be split between two Business Agents. Heavy Construction, including Hos Brothers, ICON, Lakeside Industries, Merlino Construction, Mid Mountain Contractors, OMA Inc., and Scarsella Brothers, will fall to Senior Business Agent Carl Gasca. With ten years’ experience as a Business Agent here at Local 174, Carl is more than equipped to handle the needs of our Teamster members within this industry.
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Carhaul Local Union Leaders to Review Tentative Agreement on February 16

January 30, 2017

Leaders of local unions that represent Teamster carhaul members will meet on Thursday, February 16 to review the tentative carhaul agreement and supplements.

The meeting will take place in Detroit. If local union leaders agree to endorse the tentative agreement and supplements, it will go to carhaul members for a ratification vote.
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Minnesota Teamsters: O’Reilly Auto Parts Faces Distribution Crisis as Amazon Threat Looms

January 30, 2017

Minnesota Teamsters Overwhelmingly Reject Company’s Plan to Introduce Unsafe, Inefficient Delivery System; Workers Ready to Strike

(BLAINE, Minn.) –O’Reilly Auto Parts (NASDAQ: ORLY) drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 120, voted overwhelmingly yesterday to reject the company’s contract offer. Workers say management’s demands will create safety risks for drivers on the road, undermine their living standards and introduce inefficiencies in the company’s distribution system.
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Sen. Flake Legislation to Repeal Davis-Bacon an Attack on Working Families

January 26, 2017
Eliminating Prevailing Wage Undercuts Middle Class Americans

(WASHINGTON) – With his introduction of legislation to eliminate prevailing wage on federal infrastructure and construction projects this week, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has leveled a vicious attack on livelihoods of millions of middle class workers.
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