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PRESS RELEASES AND ADVISORIES

2015

Nov 16, 2015 - Drivers will rally at City Hall on Wednesday, November 18 at 11 A.M. to highlight unfair working conditions in Seattle’s for-hire transportation industry and to demand fair pay, a level playing field, dignity, and respect.  More...

Oct 5, 2015 - Teamster warehouse workers and drivers who are employed at the major food service conglomerate Sysco have voted unanimously to authorize a strike.  More...

May 5, 2015 - Limousine and app-based drivers packed the Teamsters Union hall on Sunday to demand fairness and a level playing field in Seattle’s personal transportation industry. More...

April 30, 2015 - Town cars and app-based drivers from Uber, UberX, Uber Black, Uber XL, Lyft and Sidecar will gather at the Teamsters building in Tukwila this Sunday, May 3 at 4 P.M. in an effort to expand the App-Based Drivers’ Association. More...

April 11, 2015 - Drivers from Uber, UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar will kick off a $15 is Just the Beginning national day of action this Wednesday, April 15 with a 2 P.M. rally in Occidental Park followed by a march to Uber Headquarters in Pioneer Square. More...

March 25, 2015 - Teamster warehouse workers, operators, and drivers at Northwest Steel and Pipe voted unanimously to strike last night. The strike vote took place Tuesday evening outside the company’s facility in Tacoma. More...

March 11, 2015 - Dozens of Uber drivers and drivers from other transportation network companies (TNCs) traveled to Olympia today to express their concerns about proposed policies that would limit their voice at work. Drivers also met with legislators to discuss issues such as public safety, driver safety, insurance regulations, working conditions, and low pay. More...

2014

September 23, 2014 - Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a fully-recommended tentative agreement with Fred Meyer over a contract involving 388 warehouse workers employed at the company’s grocery distribution center in Puyallup. More...

September 19, 2014 - The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) has officially sanctioned strike benefits for 388 warehouse workers employed at the Fred Meyer distribution center in Puyallup and an additional 4,318 Teamsters who could become involved in connection with a potential work stoppage at the facility. More...

September 11, 2014 - Hundreds of Teamster warehouse workers will meet at 9 A.M. in Tacoma on Saturday to take part in a multi-state consumer action aimed at educating Fred Meyer customers in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington about the company’s attempt to degrade workers’ health care plans and outsource good, family-wage jobs. More...

September 10, 2014 - Contract negotiations involving more than 400 warehouse workers, represented by Teamsters Local 117, and Fred Meyer broke off last night.  Key issues in bargaining are health care and Fred Meyer’s insistence on language that would allow the company to outsource the workers’ jobs to a third-party subcontractor. More...

August 25, 2014 - Teamster warehouse workers employed at the Fred Meyer grocery distribution center in Puyallup voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike over the weekend.  The final vote was 241-2.  Voting took place at the Teamsters Union hall in Tukwila. More...

July 21, 2014 - Hundreds of Teamsters at three grocery warehouses – Safeway, SuperValu, and Unified Grocers – voted overwhelmingly to ratify their contracts over the weekend. The agreements contain annual wage increases and protections against subcontracting and the rising cost of health care.  Voting took place in Tukwila and Tacoma on July 19 and 20. More...

July 16, 2014 - Puget Sound taxicab operators are making strides to provide the best customer service in Seattle’s personal transportation industry.  170 drivers from Yellow Cab, Farwest Taxi, and Orange Cab attended a Taxicab Driver Hospitality Training on Tuesday, July 15 at the Teamsters Union hall in Tukwila. More...

June 25, 2014 - Uber drivers in Seattle, who founded the App-Based Drivers’ Association (ABDA) last month, have sparked new organizing efforts by Uber drivers in Los Angeles.  The Los Angeles drivers have reached out to Seattle organizers and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters looking for guidance and support. More...

June 17, 2014 - The Governor’s budget office has directed the Department of Corrections to create a contingency plan to prepare for up to 15% across-the-board budget cuts for the 2015-2017 biennium. DOC Secretary Bernie Warner notified correctional employees about the cuts in a message he emailed to all DOC staff on Thursday, June 12. More...

May 18, 2014 - Uber drivers met in Tukwila today to begin the process of forming an association which will work with Teamsters Local 117. More...

April 29, 2014 - Workers at two ATZ-owned parking lots (Doug Fox and Shuttle Park2) that serve Sea-Tac Airport have voted to join Teamsters Local 117.  The 40 workers came together seeking job security, fair and equal treatment, strong representation, and respect. The workers voted to become Teamsters in an NLRB election on April 18. More...

April 11, 2014 - TNC and town car drivers from Uber and UberX will publicly voice their concerns about unjust working conditions at the company at a Political Forum event on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  The drivers have invited Seattle City Council members, key legislators, and members of the media to attend the event. More...

March 25, 2014 - Taxicab operators, who are members of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA), filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court on Monday, alleging that Uber is in violation of city, county, and state laws and regulations that govern the Puget Sound area’s personal transportation industry.  More... 

2013

November 18, 2013 - Workers who handle our food from the farms to the stores launched a new coalition on Saturday that will work in solidarity with union members fighting for dignity and respect at Darigold. More...

October 30, 2013 - Teamster production workers and lab technicians, employed by Darigold, met throughout the day today to discuss the company’s last contract proposal.  The Union challenged the notion that the negotiations process is exhausted and called on Darigold to return to the bargaining table immediately. More...

October 8, 2013 - Members of Teamsters Local 117, employed at Workforce Central in Tacoma, have voted to forgo their contractual rights and significantly reduce their hours in order to prevent layoffs, which would have otherwise resulted during the federal government shutdown. More...

September 18, 2013 - Darigold walked out of federal mediation late Monday night setting the stage for a potential lockout or strike at the company’s production facilities in Issaquah and Seattle. The walkout left no one with authority at the bargaining table, and was the latest in a series of unfair labor practices that undermine the bargaining process and foreshadow a possible labor dispute. More...

September 5, 2013 - Teamster production workers and lab technicians who work at Darigold participated in “just practicing” picketing actions on Thursday at the company’s facilities in Issaquah and Seattle. Workers were protesting the company’s refusal to bargain in good faith. More...

August 1, 2013 - Puget Sound taxicab operators and their community allies will hold a demonstration on Friday, August 2 starting at 12 noon at Seattle City Hall to demand fairness and a level playing field in Seattle's personal transportation industry.  More...

July 12, 2013 - An arbitrator has issued a stinging rebuke to the Department of Corrections (DOC) in a ruling that favors four correctional employees at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC), who were disciplined by the DOC after Byron Scherf’s murder of Officer Jayme Biendl in the prison chapel on January 29, 2011.  More...

June 17, 2013 - Puget Sound taxi drivers converged on Seattle City Hall on Monday afternoon to demand that the City take immediate action to enforce the laws that govern Seattle’s personal transportation industry.  More...

April 17, 2013 - Garbage, recycle, and yard waste drivers, employed by Allied Waste/Republic Services, honored picket lines early Wednesday morning that were established by striking Local 377 Teamsters from Youngstown, Ohio.  More...

February 13, 2013 - On Thursday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day - workers and their community allies will be gathering for a “Have a Heart, Theo’s!” event at 11 a.m. at the Westlake Whole Foods in Seattle.  More...

February 8, 2013 - Early this evening, warehouse workers and drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 117, overwhelmingly voted to ratify a fully-recommended 5-year contract agreement with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI).  More...