August 22, 2017
On August 18, 2017, one week after sand and gravel employees who are members of Teamsters Local 174 walked off the job, a contract agreement was reached with five sand and gravel companies in the Seattle area, including CalPortland, Lehigh Cement, Stoneway, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, and Cadman, according to the Bothell-Kenmore Reporter. Ninety percent of the 246 voting Teamsters approved the new deal with the companies
“The concrete industry in Seattle will be back to normal very shortly,” Jamie Fleming, Teamsters Local 174 spokesperson, told the news agency in an email.
The new four-year contract includes “record-setting wage increases, increases in pension contributions, and full maintenance of benefits for healthcare over the entire length of the contract,” a Teamsters’ press release states. “Most importantly of all, it includes language that protects Teamster work in King County from being undercut by drivers brought in from outlying areas at lower wage rates.”
“We are incredibly proud of the strength and dedication our members showed during this difficult process,” Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks told the news agency in a press release. “A strike is hard on everyone involved, and our CalPortland members held the picket lines with courage and with patience. Without their sacrifice, we could never have gotten this incredible contract. They are an inspiration to us all.”