The Joint Council of Teamsters No. 28, which represents more than 50,000 members and their families across Washington, Alaska and Northern Idaho, says it will honor a grocery worker strike if one occurs. Joint Council 28 stands with the 2,600 members of Teamsters Local 38 in Everett along with the nearly 21,000 members of the UFCW statewide who, on a daily basis, keep the grocery stores in our communities running.
The Joint Council is hopeful that the parties can conclude these negotiations by reaching a mutually agreeable proposal that the memberships of both Teamsters Local 38 and the UFCW can ratify, and the Joint Council is available to assist the parties in reaching a settlement without a dispute. However, All Washington Teamsters and their families will support Teamsters Local 38 and the UFCW if the employers force them to take the option of last resort and go on strike.
“We are communicating with our members about the rights they have to honor a picket line if they encounter one during the course of their job, as well as their options for shopping should there be a strike,” said Tracey A Thompson Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117.
The current negotiations between the Teamsters, UFCW and the four major Grocery Chains (Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer and Albertsons) have been going on for more than nine months.
“We encourage both sides to take advantage of the negotiations on November 18th and 19th to work together towards an agreeable solution,” said Rick Hicks, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 174.