STRIKE-READY TEAMSTERS EXPAND PICKET LINE AT SNOHOMISH COUNTY CONCRETE PLANTS | News
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., January 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — To 7:00 a.m. PSTstriking cement mixer drivers and factory workers employed by the Cadman Cement Company extended their picket line to two Cadman-owned factories in Woodinville and Smith Island, wash. Cadman is owned by German conglomerate HeidelbergCement and is one of five concrete companies in the Seattle area against which more than 300 members of Teamsters Local 174 have been on strike for six weeks.
Due to this morning’s extensions, many planned concrete pours did not take place.
The workers began their strike on December 3, 2021 demand that companies that control the concrete industry in the Seattle stop violating federal labor laws that protect workers’ rights. After six weeks of strike, from Seattle $23 billion the construction industry began to stop without concrete. Cadman halted operations after picket line extensions arrived at its facility this morning.
“These giant multinational construction companies are demanding that workers accept a wage, health care and pension package that would be a three-year pay cut if inflation is taken into account,” he said. Rick HicksSecretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 174 in Seattle. “This package would also be significantly lower than the compensation packages for other construction workers in Seattle to receive.”
The five concrete companies, which traditionally negotiate new contracts together with Teamsters Local 174, are also refusing to fund a health care plan that could save retired workers thousands of dollars a year, even though the Concrete industry members from Local 174 have offered to cover any increased costs the company may incur.
Concrete/cement companies where Local 174 members are on strike include German construction giant HeidelbergCement (operating under the Lehigh and Cadman brands in the Pacific Northwest), Japanese Taiheiyo Cement and two major companies regions that control the flow of concrete in Seattle (the city with the second highest number of construction cranes in the country). These companies service the largest ongoing construction projects in the region, including:
- Microsoft Redmond campus modernization
- Renovation of from Seattle waterfront
- Sound Transit System Expansion Project
- Sea-Tac Airport Runway Renovation
At December 3, 2021After six months of negotiations, members of Local 174 were forced to strike after the companies refused to stop violating federal labor laws by not negotiating in good faith for a successor agreement.
The dramatically below-average demands have led industry insiders to speculate that concrete companies, working with major national construction companies, have forced employees to strike in order to launch a multi-year effort to purge union workers. from Seattle construction industry.
Founded in 1909, Teamsters Local 174 represents 8,600 workers in Seattle and surrounding areas. “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamstersLocal174.
Jamie Fleming(425) 281-0166
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