by Elizabeth Turnbull
Update: Striking Concrete Drivers and Workers Return to Work, Negotiations Continue
The 300-plus ready-mix concrete and dump drivers and support staff on strike since last December offered an unconditional return to work Monday, April 11, though negotiations for a new contract will continue, according to a Friday, April 8, announcement from Teamsters Local 174.
The return to work was offered as a way to break a logjam of construction projects across the Puget Sound region including the West Seattle Bridge repair project and the Federal Way Link light rail extension project.
“For months, the concrete companies have used their control over Seattle’s concrete industry to drag out negotiations, and it has been devastating for our community and for our sisters and brothers in the Building Trades,” said Teamsters Local 174 secretary-treasurer, Rick Hicks.
Hicks said returning to work was a gracious offer by the union on behalf of the people of Seattle and that the companies should “start negotiating in good faith and stop stonewalling negotiations, as they have for months.” The Teamsters said they put forth nine different proposals that were rejected.
Last updated on 04/11/2022.
On Tuesday, April 5, truck drivers began to once again deliver loads of concrete to the West Seattle Bridge after repairs were paused due to a union strike.
Since late last year, concrete workers and members of the Teamsters Union began a strike in King County to advocate for a contract that would meet their goals regarding pensions and medical coverage.Continue reading Concrete Deliveries Resume to West Seattle Bridge as Worker Strike Continues