Support Striking Teamsters 174 Members

December 8, 2021

*Information via Teamsters Local 174

A group of 330 concrete mixer drivers, dump truck drivers, and cement plant employees working for six different employers are still on picket lines, prepared to go “one day longer than their employers” to reach a deal that has already been agreed to by all other construction-related companies. For 34 workers from Gary Merlino Construction, today marks day 18 on strike, while workers from Stoneway Concrete have been on strike since December 1. The picket lines have now grown to include workers from Cadman, CalPortland, Lehigh Cement, and Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel bringing the full strike to 330 workers on picket lines twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week at 12 separate locations.

The Unfair Labor Practice strike began after contract negotiations fell apart, with the group of Employers – led by chief negotiator Charlie Oliver (Gary Merlino Construction) – failing to bargain in good faith with Teamsters Local 174.

As the holidays approach, the strike is taking an economic toll on the workgroup – especially those with children at home who are looking forward to Christmas. The affected Employers are telling customers to expect this to last into next year.

If you would like to offer support to the workers, you can donate to the “Local 174 Merlino Heavy Highway and Sand & Gravel/Cement Industries Striking Workers Assistance Fund” here: https://square.link/u/ira6xfBh

You can also make a check out to “Teamsters 174 Worker Assistance Fund” and send it to:

Teamsters Local 174
14675 Interurban Ave S Suite 303
Tukwila, WA 98168


They are also in need of firewood. Wood donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Seattle: 5900 West Marginal Way SW
Kenmore: 6425 NE 175th St
Snoqualmie: 5601 396th Dr. SE

Seattle: 5225 E Marginal Way S.
Bellevue: 1701 130th Ave NE
Issaquah: 6600 230th Ave SE
Redmond: 18816 NE 80th St

Lehigh Cement
Seattle: 5225 E Marginal Way S


Picketing is also ongoing at the following sites involving both construction and concrete:

Seattle: 3803 E Marginal Way S
Renton: 915 Houser Way N

Renton: 915 SW Langston Rd. Renton, WA 98057 Houser Way N

Your help is much appreciated! If you can’t deliver wood, stop by, say hello, and show your support!

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