Check out this video of our Shop Steward at US Foods, Richard Milestone, talk about his new contract at US Foods:
Members at US Foods voting on their new contract at the IBEW Hall in Tacoma.
Teamsters who work at US Foods voted overwhelmingly yesterday afternoon to ratify a new 4-year contract.
"It takes care of our kids...It's absolutely fantastic."
The agreement covers 128 drivers and warehouse workers who operate out of the US Foods facility in Fife as well as members of three other Local Unions.
"This is an industry-leading contract that provides strong, family wages, excellent health and welfare benefits, and retirement security for our members and their families," said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117. "Our bargaining committee did a tremendous job."
Secretary-Treasurer Scearcy headed up the negotiations that involved four Teamster Locals - Locals 117, 162, 483, and 690.
"This is a really good contract," said Richard Milestone, a 33-year member and Shop Steward. "It takes care of our kids, we've got four more years of good quality medical, four more years of good quality pension. It's absolutely fantastic."
Teamsters at US Foods house and deliver food service products to restaurants, hospitals, daycare centers, and retirement homes throughout our region.
Members of our Union bargaining committee that negotiated the contract proposal with US Foods.
It's a busy weekend coming up. We've got hundreds of Stewards coming into town from all across the state for our annual Shop Steward Seminar and Appreciation Day. About 270 are expected to gather at the Washington State Convention Center starting at 7:30 A.M. on Saturday.
Today, DOC Shop Stewards will be meeting to discuss strategies for getting our DOC contract funded.
To top it off, we've got demands meetings for our members in the grocery industry who work at SuperValu and a US Foods contract ratification vote on Sunday!
The US Foods vote will be held at the IBEW Hall in Tacoma (3049 S 36th) at 1 P.M.
John Scearcy, our Union's Secretary-Treasurer and the lead negotiator in bargaining, will be presenting the offer. Members will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the proposal before the vote.
Last Saturday, members and staff from your Union staged a protest in front of David’s Bridal retail store at Southcenter Mall in Tukwila. Why David’s Bridal?
David’s Bridal is owned by the Wall Street Investment Firm of CD&R. CD&R also owns US Foods, an employer where many Teamster members work.
Wall Street firms like CD&R specialize in buying companies, running them into the ground, and selling off the pieces.
That is what is happening at David’s Bridal where, according to financial analysts, their debt load is unstainable.Read more
Teamsters working at US Foods’ distribution facility in Fife refused to cross the picket line this evening in solidarity with Teamsters in Severn, Md., who began an unfair labor practice strike against the company last month.
Members of Local 117 are just the latest group of US Foods workers to honor a picket line supporting the striking Maryland workers. They join 280 members of Local 455 in Denver who did so this morning. And last week, picket lines were extended to US Foods locations in Streator, Ill. and Wixom, Mich. after similar pickets were held in West Seneca, N.Y. and Twinsburg, Ohio earlier this month. The Severn workers are on strike to protest allegations that US Foods violated federal law that protects workers’ rights.
Similar actions also took place across Southern California and in Phoenix in May. In all, more than 1,400 Teamsters employed by US Foods have either gone out on strike or honored workers’ picket lines at some point this month.Read more
Teamster General President, Jim Hoffa, walked the picket line today with members who work at the US Foods facility in Severn, MD. Teamsters in Maryland have been on strike for almost three weeks.
In the last several months, Teamsters at US Foods have also been on strike in California and Phoenix, with members in several other locations honoring picket line extensions.
“US Foods is attempting to pull these workers out of the middle class,” Hoffa said. “Slashing pay as well as health and retirement benefits is no way to ensure that this formerly Maryland-based company remains a good corporate partner in the Free State.”
Here is a full update from the IBT:
US Foods Teamsters across the country have been standing strong in the face of abuse and illegal actions by the company.
From ULP strikes in Phoenix, Maryland, and California – to more than a thousand Teamsters honoring extended picket lines, we have been fighting for justice.
The Warehouse Division of our International Union has planned a Tele-Town Hall call to update all Teamsters who work at US Foods on these events and possible future actions.
The call will take place this Wednesday, May 11, at 4:30 PM PST. The dial-in number is 877-229-8493. The code is 111-566.
If you are able to join us on the call, please do so. Thank you!
US Foods, the massive food service conglomerate, provoked another Unfair Labor Practice strike over the weekend, this time in Corona, California.
In the last several months, Teamsters in Corona, Phoenix, and Baltimore have been out on strike, with members in several other locations honoring picket line extensions.
“US Foods has a pattern of abusing its workers and being willing to destroy good jobs and local economies," said Steve Vairma, Teamsters International Vice President and Director of the Teamsters’ Warehouse Division.
Here is a full update from the IBT: