A full week after union drivers at CalPortland walked off the job and other Local 174 Teamsters in the sand and gravel industry prepared to do the same, all are now back to work after a deal was reached between the union and the five companies involved in bargaining.
The contract was voted on by Local 174 members at CalPortland, Cadman, Stoneway Concrete, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, and Lehigh Cement at a 9:00AM meeting Friday morning and was ratified by a 92 percent margin.
The 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. Terms were not disclosed, but union spokeswoman Jamie Fleming said the pay increases go beyond the employers' three-year, 12 percent pay increase offer made earlier in the week. The drivers currently make about $31 an hour, on average.
Importantly, the new agreement includes language that protects Teamster work in King County from being undercut by drivers brought in from outlying areas at lower wage rates.
The agreement puts Seattle's record construction boom back on track, where 74 major projects are underway downtown.