GEE AND URSULA

Some concrete deliveries set to resume Saturday despite union agreeing to immediate return

Mar 15, 2022, 1:53 PM | Updated: Mar 16, 2022, 6:42 am
West Seattle lower bridge, concrete strike...
The West Seattle high bridge remains closed in 2022 as repair work is underway. The low bridge is limited to authorized vehicles during certain hours. (Photo courtesy of SDOT/Flickr)
(Photo courtesy of SDOT/Flickr)

At least two Seattle-area concrete suppliers have approved a Saturday return to work for Teamsters who have been on strike since December. It remains unclear when specific projects, such as the West Seattle Bridge repair, will begin receiving deliveries again. 

“Under the law, we have five days to process the orderly reinstatement of the strikes,” reads a statement on behalf of Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel. A similar statement from Cadman Seattle also confirms the strikers’ work return five days from Monday’s announcement. 

Seattle-area concrete delivery to resume with some drivers cleared to work Tuesday

On Monday evening, Teamsters Local 174 announced that workers with three of the six companies would resume deliveries to select Seattle plants while negotiations for a new union contract continued. The intention was to reopen the flow of concrete to crucial projects facing delays as a result of the months-long strike, including the West Seattle Bridge, Sound Transit Link extension projects, the Seattle Convention Center expansion, and the 520 restoration project.

But as of Tuesday morning, deliveries have yet to resume, according to Teamsters Local 174 spokesperson Jaime Fleming.

“They are not driving today, we made the offer to the companies yesterday,” she told KIRO Newsradio’s Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin. “They told us that they apparently needed some time to get ready.”

Fleming reports being told by employers that they “need five days to prepare or make a decision.” In a joint statement to MyNorthwest on Tuesday, four of the concrete suppliers clarified that they “look forward to welcoming back the partial return of drivers,” but did not specify when that might occur.

In the event that deliveries resume within the next few days, a source tells KIRO Newsradio that the West Seattle Bridge may not start receiving concrete until next week at the earliest, given that the project still needs to work out a deal with the companies where drivers will be returning to work.

What’s next for West Seattle Bridge as concrete strike continues?

Meanwhile, Teamsters Local 174 is emphasizing its hope to get its people back to work — even in a limited capacity — in order to get the region’s construction projects moving again.

“We’re sick of seeing these really important projects being held up because these employers just don’t want to bargain in good faith,” Fleming said. “I mean, if they want to try and bust the union and have a war that lasts a year, that’s on them, but we’re not going to let important projects sit — the West Seattle Bridge sit — while they figure out what they’re trying to do.”

In a letter to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, King County Executive Dow Constantine wrote that the employers wish the ongoing concrete strike to continue into the spring.

“Local 174 members have reported hearing from representatives of the companies that they are planning to force members to strike into the spring, which will cause members’ healthcare coverage to lapse. Such an event would likely increase the companies’ power at the bargaining table,” the letter reads.

We have reached out to the concrete suppliers for a clarification on whether drivers will be allowed to resume work, but have not yet received a response.

MyNorthwest reporter Dalton Day contributed to this story.

Gee and Ursula Show

Gee and Ursula

parking...
Dalton Day

Pierce County executive vetoes safe parking policy citing skirt of community feedback process

A measure to designate additional parking facilities for homeless communities in Pierce County has been struck down.
13 days ago
pot...
MyNorthwest Staff

City leaders lobby Congress to relax pot shop banking laws amid recent spate of armed robberies

Seattle city leaders called on Congress to pass the SAFE Banking Act, a bill that would allow pot stores to access traditional banking services.
20 days ago
rates...
MyNorthwest Staff

Economist: ‘Particular concern’ for first-time homeowners amid rising mortgage rates

Prospective homeowners might be wondering if now is the right time to buy before interest rates get raised.
23 days ago
Cars at Pike Place Market...
Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin Show

Local officials attempt to kick out ‘Pike Street Drummer’ Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson, a street jazz drummer often performing at Pike Place Market, is facing the wrath of nearby residents who want him and his music gone after years of bringing entertainment to the area
25 days ago
COVID vaccine students...
Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin Show

Reykdal: Board of Health ‘landed in right place’ by not mandating COVID vaccine for students

Superintendent Chris Reykdal explains the reason behind the Board of Health not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students this fall. 
1 month ago
Trygve (The Gee and Ursula Show)...
MyNorthwest Staff

‘Not enough to just say ‘no’ to drugs:’ Bereaved Mukilteo mother on the need for fentanyl education

A mother who lost a son to an accidental Fentanyl overdose calls on the Mukilteo School District to improve their drug education curriculum.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
...

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]
...

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]
...

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
...
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Some concrete deliveries set to resume Saturday despite union agreeing to immediate return