Teamsters who work at Pike Place Market voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new 3-year contract on Wednesday.
The fully-recommended agreement provides a minimum of 3% wage increases in each year of the contract, limits on temps, improvements to holiday pay, and improvements to safety, training and health and welfare language.
Member activism played a critical role in achieving this contract. Members wore buttons at work and many attended a PDA board meeting on the grand opening of the Market’s $74 million expansion project.
On that day, we also distributed leaflets to board members, elected officials and the general public about the hazards members face on the job and the need to invest in the workers who keep the Pike Place Market safe and clean.
“By standing together, Local 117 members at the Pike Place Market have achieved significant wage increases and better working conditions,” said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117. “They are an example to all of us of the improvements we can make when stick together, get engaged, and speak with one voice.”
Our union represents a group of over 60 security officers, parking attendants, residential managers, facilities workers, and maintenance at the Market.