TEAMSTERS AT FRED MEYER VOTE TO AUTHORIZE STRIKE
August 25, 2014
Teamster warehouse workers employed at the Fred Meyer grocery distribution center in Puyallup voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike over the weekend. The final vote was 241-2. Voting took place at the Teamsters Union hall in Tukwila.
Fred Meyer’s insistence on subcontracting language that threatens Union members’ job security and its unwillingness to take a firm position on health care led to the vote.
“Fred Meyer wants the ability to outsource our members’ jobs to a third party, which could harm our local economy. The company is also unwilling to set parameters with respect to health care. Our members deserve to know how much they will be paying toward their health care over the term of the contract. So far, Fred Meyer has been unwilling to negotiate over those parameters,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. – Read more.
By Rick Hicks, President
Joint Council No. 28
When I first learned of the ill-conceived comments Wednesday made by the CEO of Boeing, Jim McNerney, I had to pause as I could not believe someone in his capacity could have made such demeaning comments about arguably the best work force in the Aerospace Industry yet alone his own employees.
If you have not heard, CEO McNerney was answering a question regarding a Boeing tradition of mandatory retirement at age 65 from his position as CEO. His comment was “I have no plans to retire as the heart will still be beating and the employees will still be cowering.”
To be clear I do not support a “mandatory retirement” provision at any Company for any employee and that would include CEOs but after this ridiculous comment he is now attempting to explain away as “a joke gone bad” I think I may have to revisit this question. If this was supposed to be a joke I don’t see any hardworking Machinist, Teamster, SPEEA or any other Union member laughing. Funny thing about jokes … they often reflect true feelings of those telling them. – Read more.
Seattle Transportation Network Drivers Vote To Form Association With Teamsters
Uber and UberX drivers met in Tukwila, Wash., to begin the process of forming an association which will work with Teamsters Local 117 yesterday. The drivers approved by-laws, and elected a seven-member leadership council that will run the day-to-day operations of the organization. The new association will be called the App-Based Drivers’ Association (ABDA). – Read more.
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