NEWS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR:
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 18,000 workers laid off in 48 states from 864 Hostess company locations are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
The "fair" in fair trade has a shallow meaning when it comes to Theo Chocolate, a Seattle-based chocolatier, that despite its "fair trade" certification, engaged in a vicious anti-union campaign during a Local 117 organizing drive in 2010.
Once it heard that a majority of its workers wanted to join the Teamsters, Theo hired a union-busting consulting firm, terminated a union leader, held workers in captive audience meetings that lasted up to four hours, and said that they would rather shut down the Fremont-neighborhood factory than sign a union contract.
"A lot of my co-workers now realize the power the Teamsters have in terms of giving people a voice."
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).
The contract vote, which was held after a 3:30 p.m. meeting at the Teamsters building in Tukwila, officially ends the nine-week strike that started on December 10 at the company’s distribution center in Auburn, WA. Picket lines at the facility were taken down at approximately 5:30 p.m. this evening.
"Teamsters Local 117 has done a great job estimating our health care expenditures; that is a big bargaining chip for us with our employer."
"We are the Teamsters for Tomorrow. We are going to be taking over the show."
"The beautiful thing about a BBQ is that it brings us together. When you break bread together there is closeness, togetherness."
"We joined Teamsters Local 117 for job security, better benefits, and better pay."
"Teamsters Local 117 has been good to me and good to the workers at Graybar."