|LOCAL UNION NEWS
(continued from News page)... Drivers and mechanics at Selland Auto Transport, headquartered in Seattle Washington, voted for Teamster representation in late 2014, and the NLRB certified the Teamsters as the exclusive bargaining agent. Efforts to negotiate a first contract have been on-going ever since, along with continued acts that constitute unfair labor practices committed by the employer. These practices have resulted in numerous charges being filed with the NLRB, many of which continue to be investigated. In an action of solidarity, the Union commenced an Unfair Labor Practice strike against Selland Auto Transport at 12:01am on Monday, November 21st. With very limited exception, the Selland employees held firm to the picket lines and made a statement to the company that it is time to move on and conclude negotiations of a first contract. The strike lasted the better part of Monday the 21st, concluding when there were commitments to return to the bargaining table. The best information at the time of this writing is that bargaining occurred on the morning of November 22nd, but there is no information yet as to the results.
Negotiations have concluded for the Medford C&M bargaining unit. A ratification vote will be set for the week after Thanksgiving. Brent negotiated and ratified 3 year successor agreements for the Phoenix Police and the Phoenix General Employees bargaining units. Also a 3-year successor agreement was ratified for the Eagle Point Police bargaining unit.
A settlement agreement was negotiated for 2 Lake County employees. A termination grievance filed on behalf of a Lake District Hospital employee was overturned by the CEO of the hospital and the employee was reinstated and made whole with back pay and benefits.
A successor agreement has been ratified by the bargaining unit members at Fred Meyers. The agreement contains wage and pension increases for the next 4 years. The Local would like to thank Dorothy Gehrke who was very instrumental in securing an agreement that was acceptable to the membership. Dorothy has been with Fred Meyer for 42 years and a member of Local 223 for 20 years.
Negotiation dates for a successor agreement with Oregon Transfer are being scheduled. Teamsters Local 162 has concluded negotiations and has reached a tentative agreement with Oregon Transfer. The same law firm of Bullard Law will be representing Oregon Transfer at the table with Local 223.
The Local Union is waiting to receive the redline agreements for both Red Cross bargaining units. Once received and approved they will be mailed to the membership.
A new 3-year successor agreement for the Yamhill Sheriff’s Office bargaining unit has been concluded and ratified by the members on November 16, 2016. The negotiations were on-going since April 2016, and both sides are ready for labor peace. With the 2 latest terminations, one from January and the second from April 2016, plus the elongated negotiations, the employees having been feeling stress in the workplace.
WITHDRAWAL CARD INFORMATION
Please remember to contact the Local Union to see if you are eligible for a withdrawal card if you do not work any days in the bargaining unit during the current calendar month. Your dues must be paid current at the time of your request for the withdrawal card. It is very important to request a withdrawal card in a timely manner as dues can accrue until a withdrawal card is requested. If you return to bargaining unit work, please contact the Local Union to deposit your withdrawal card and return to “active” member status with the Local Union.
ADDRESS CHANGE: Please call us with any address changes. Thank You!
T-SHIRTS, JACKETS, AND HATS
T-SHIRTS, JACKETS, AND HATS are available to buy from the office of Local 223. The 100% cotton T-Shirts come in navy, black or ash starting at $8. We offer two styles of jackets: navy satin baseball (sizes L - 3XL); or the black poplin (sizes S - 3XL). The hats are $7.50 and come in solid navy or solid black and two tone, khaki & black or khaki & navy.