“We are communicating with our members about the issues our brothers and sisters in the grocery retail industry are facing in negotiations. The Teamsters will always stand up for working people, and the fact that these four grocery chains with a combined revenue that is in the tens of billions of dollars annually want to force their employees onto taxpayer subsidized healthcare is absurd and will not be tolerated.” said Rick Hicks, President of Joint Council Teamsters 28.
The current negotiations between the Teamsters Local 38, UFCW and the four major Grocery Chains (Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer and Albertsons) have been going on for more than six months.
MONTESANO, Wash. – Two union grievances filed against the city of Montesano are being dropped, Mayor Ken Estes tells us city staff learned Friday that Teamsters Local 252 will not be going forward with either the discipline or termination hearing of former public works lead Russ Burke. Both parties will split the cost of an arbitrator.
The city suspended, then fired Burke in June over allegations involving missing paint for striping city streets, and Mr Burke’s street striping business.
Correctional Employees have organized the Day of Action! to inform the community and elected officials of budget cuts at the Department of Corrections that threaten the safety of Correctional Employees and the public at large.
WHO: Tracey A. Thompson – Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 117
James V. Smith II – Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement, Teamsters 117
Washington State Legislators
Washington State Correctional Employees
WHAT/WHEN: CORRECTIONAL EMPLOYEES’ DAY OF ACTION!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
12 P.M. – Rally on Capitol Steps
WHERE: Assemble at Sylvester Park (Capitol Way S & Legion Way SW) – 10:30 A.M.
March to State Capitol – 11:00 A.M.
Rally on Capitol Steps – Noon
State Capitol, Olympia, WA
“The Union will not tolerate Coke engaging in surveillance of its employees, including taking photographs of employees who have engaged in activities that are protected under federal labor law,” Thompson added.
Negotiations between Coke and a coalition of six Teamsters Local Unions called Washington Teamsters United have been underway since April, but the company refused to bargain with the Union for over 10 weeks, and then began an aggressive campaign of unfair labor practices. Key issues in bargaining include the Company’s desire to eliminate health care for Coke retirees and to raise the share of the cost employees pay on their health care premiums by 800%.
In 2009, the Coca-Cola Company’s revenues were over $30 billion. The Coca-Cola Co. employs 92,800 worldwide. CCE’s revenues were over $21 billion. CCE employs 70,000 worldwide.
Washington Teamsters United, which includes Teamsters Local Unions 38, 117, 174, 252, 313, and 589, represents approximately 500 Coke employees at six Western Washington area locations, in Bellevue, Marysville, Fife, Tacoma, Aberdeen and Bremerton.