Teamsters at GP Gypsum are fed up. Their contract has been expired since the end of July and the company is dragging its feet in bargaining.
We've sent them multiple bargaining dates; the company says it can't meet until the end of the year. They're also insisting that we go to mediation even though we haven't finished bargaining over language.
A few weeks ago, management emptied all lockers that didn't have "labels" on them. Several members lost their valuables, cash, tools, and even a birth certificate.
Our Union responded by creating oversized Teamster labels which are plastered throughout the locker room. We also submitted an information request asking for info on wages, hours, seniority, policies, outstanding grievances, and more.
Next week, September 29, 30, and October 1, we will be holding a strike authorization vote at the IBEW Hall in Tacoma to send a message to the company: Respect our members and respect the bargaining process.
"We need to make sure that we're all together and to hear what everybody's concerns are so we can make the right move," said Daniel Fox, a Shop Steward and member of the bargaining committee. "We need to stand together."