After a full week of disruptions to myriads of major construction projects in the Seattle area, Teamsters from Local 174 returned to work this morning.
Initially, it was 86 truck delivery drivers at CalPortland concrete supplier who walked off the job in protest to protracted labor negotiations. But as the week wore on, projects supplied by four other concrete firms were threatened with stoppages.
A 9 a.m. meeting of Teamsters this morning saw a 92 percent ratification vote to accept a new four-year contract that includes record-setting wage increases, bumps in pension contributions, and full maintenance of healthcare benefits over the life of the contract.
Significant, too, for these operators is language that protects Teamster work in King County from being undercut by drivers brought in from surrounding areas at lower wage rates.
“This has been an uphill battle from Day One, but we got it done, just like we always manage to,” said Local 174 Director of Negotiations Patty Warren. “We got to where we needed to be, and we are happy that this has all been resolved.”
Founded in 1909, Teamsters Local 174 represents 7,200 working men and women in the Seattle area.