You’ll likely recall the 2011 reports of awful working conditions in Amazon fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States. Temperatures in some of the company’s warehouses back east rose above 110 degrees, causing workers to collapse and seek treatment for heat exhaustion.
The voters have spoken. SeaTac Proposition 1 was approved and certified by King County Elections after a recount last week. But the new law, which will raise the minimum wage for thousands of low-wage workers at SeaTac Airport to $15/hr and allow workers the opportunity to earn paid sick days, is now being challenged in court.
Teamster production workers and lab technicians, employed by Darigold, have overwhelmingly ratified a new labor agreement that provides wage increases, health care protections, and retirement security for 220 workers and their families. The contract vote took place on Sunday, December 8.
“Teamsters at Darigold showed tremendous solidarity and resiliency throughout the bargaining process,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “The strength of our members and our strong community partnerships made this deal possible.”
Brothers and Sisters:
I’m a Teamster lab technician, and I work in Darigold’s corporate lab in Tukwila. It’s my job to test the milk and other dairy products your family enjoys to make sure that they are healthy and safe.
But Darigold is not valuing my work. Instead the company is engaging in a campaign of intimidation directed at those of us who have worked so hard to make the company profitable.
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.
Farm workers, dairy production workers, grocery distribution workers, lab technicians, and grocery clerks filled the Teamsters Union hall in Tukwila to establish a “Farm to Family” coalition that will promote health and safety, workplace justice, and environmental stewardship as food travels from our region’s farms to the tables of families in our communities.
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.
“Darigold did not engage in meaningful bargaining during federal mediation on October 18,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “We’re calling on Darigold to stop breaking the law and to return to the bargaining table so that we can reach a fair settlement.”
Want to know some of the issues facing Puget Sound taxicab operators, who are working closely together with Teamsters Local 117?
Check out the new issue of the Fare Times, the newsletter for the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA).
Teamster 117 Brothers and Sisters:
I’m a production worker at Darigold’s milk plant in Seattle. I have worked there for over 25 years. It’s my job to process the milk that gets to your family’s table and is served at schools and hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest.
I’m also a rank-and-file member of the Teamsters 117 bargaining committee.
Last night at 5:30 P.M., the union bargaining committee representing nearly 30,000 Puget Sound grocery workers announced that they had achieved tentative agreement with the major grocery chains, thus averting a strike at hundreds of area Safeway, QFC, and Albertson grocery stores.
Teamsters from around the nation, including three from Local 117, converged on Boston in September to join in an effort to organize thousands of workers in the city’s parking industry.
Yohannes Weldemariam, a 16-year member with Diamond Parking, Jigsa Yohanis, a 6-year member with Diamond, and Business Representative Paul Dascher partnered with Teamsters from Washington D.C., New Jersey, Minnesota, New York, and Canada for what was known as the “Boston Blitz.”