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Teamsters 174 Organizing Victories:
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 drive, which took place over several months and was spearheaded by Local 174 Organizer Meaza Ogbe and Safeway.com delivery driver Dan Oliver, reached its conclusion today as votes were counted at the National Labor Relations Board.
“This is huge for us. Everyone at this company was a Union member except for us,” said Safeway.com driver and lead Organizing Committee member Dan Oliver. “And it was clear from our compensation, benefits, and the way we were treated at work that not being Union was hurting us. All of that is going to change now.”
“I am so proud of these guys for standing up for their rights,” said Local 174 Organizer Meaza Ogbe. “It takes courage to stand up to your Employer and demand respect, and these guys had courage to spare.”
The organizing victory comes at a critical moment in the home grocery delivery industry, as Seattle-based product delivery juggernaut Amazon has recently purchased the upscale grocery chain Whole Foods.
“This is not just a big win for these Safeway.com drivers, but this is a foot in the door for other organizing opportunities in this same industry in the future,” said Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “Home grocery delivery is a growing industry, and from this day forward, it is going to be an industry that includes the Teamsters Union.”
Teamsters Local 174 already represents Safeway distribution center drivers who operate out of Safeway’s facilities in Auburn and Bellevue delivering groceries to stores across the state, along with dispatchers and employees at the Recycle Center in Auburn. These members are glad to welcome their new Brothers and Sisters into the Teamsters Union.
“Safeway drivers and warehousemen in our Local just ratified the richest contract in their history, while these Safeway.com drivers are struggling just to get enough hours to qualify to buy company health insurance,” said Local 174 Senior Business Agent Carl Gasca, who is the Business Agent for the Safeway distribution center drivers and will be the Business Agent for the newly-organized group as well. “Now that we are all standing together, I know that we can get a better deal and a better life for these home delivery drivers.”
“I am so excited for what the future holds for us,” said new Safeway.com Teamster Candice Herrera. “There’s nowhere for us to go but up.”
Now that the group has officially voted to join the Teamsters, the next step is for the Union and the Company to sit together and negotiate a first contract for the drivers, who deliver customers’ grocery orders from Safeway stores directly to their homes, on a strict timeline to preserve the groceries’ freshness.
“This just-in-time, right-to-your-home delivery system is not just the next step for the grocery industry – it’s the next step for the entire package delivery industry,” said Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “This is the future, and it is a future in which Teamsters Local 174 will be an active participant.”
“This is just the beginning,” he continued. “Other home delivery drivers are watching, and they are going to see how much benefit these Safeway.com drivers will get from being members of Teamsters Local 174. We hope that they will also find the courage to stand up and say ‘I demand respect’ at their workplaces. And if they do, we will be ready to help them.”
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.
Illegally Fired Mechanics Reinstated with Back Pay After Teamsters Intervene
May 30, 2017
When Bill Adams received notice from his employer telling him he didn’t have a job anymore, the last thing he expected was for his story to end with a more than $11,000 payday and a new job somewhere even better. But because of the Teamsters Union, that is exactly what happened.
Adams, who had been a mechanic at carhaul company Selland Auto Transport for 12 years, was called into the shop manager’s office on December 6, 2016 along with two of his coworkers and told that it was their last day of work. “My stomach just dropped right out of me,” Adams said. “I was totally caught off guard that this was happening.”
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 Communications Managers Association. However, they decided in March of 2017 to join Teamsters Local 174 after realizing that they would have far more say on the job with the power of the Teamsters at their backs.
“There is a tremendous amount of value in having professional negotiators on your side,” said Jo Baumgartner, former President of the group’s Guild. “It’s hard when you’re arguing directly with your boss. With help from the Teamsters, we hope to secure better contracts with stronger language to protect us and better wage increases than we would have gotten on our own.”
The Communications Managers will be included in the Teamsters Public Services Division. They will join our other Washington State Patrol group, the CVE04 Commercial Vehicle Enforcement workers.
“We always say that Local 174 has the best contracts, which these employees saw firsthand during their last round of negotiations,” said Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “Now they will get to benefit from the strength that comes from being part of a group of nearly 8,000 people, rather than a group of just nine.”
“There’s strength in numbers, but even more than that, there’s strength in being a Teamster,” Baumgartner said. “We are so excited to be a part of that.”
January 13, 2017
Our organizing campaign at the Recology/CleanScapes Multi-Resource Facility (MRF) didn’t just start small – it started tiny. When the facility in Seattle first opened, the company employed nothing but temps. Workers came and went at random, and convincing any of them to join our Union bordered on the impossible. That is, until we caught a lucky break one day in June of 2015.
January 9, 2017
In a major organizing victory for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Western Region Tank Haul Division, APP/World Fuel Service drivers voted to join Teamsters Local 174. Despite a strong anti-union campaign by APP, a majority of the 90 person unit voted on November 3, 2016 in favor of Union representation.
“We are excited to welcome our newest members to the Teamsters Local 174 family,” said Dave Jacobsen, Western Region Tank Haul Director and Local 174 Senior Business Agent. “We have waited far too long for this victory. This is a prime example of the success we can have when the Local Union, the Division, the Joint Council and the International all work together to organize the unorganized.”