SSC Garbage Drivers Overwhelmingly Ratify Extraordinary New 5-Year Agreement
34 Teamsters Local 231 members employed at Sanitary Service Garbage Division met on April 30th at the Union Hall to review and vote on a new 5-year collective bargaining agreement. This new agreement has improvements to language covering vacation, daily guarantees, seniority, discipline, use of technology, sick-leave, and many other areas. It also has significant improvements to health & welfare contributions and benefits, including a move to the new Retirees Welfare Trust XL Plan. The agreement contains economic improvements that are nothing short of astonishing. A full-scale driver will see wage and pension increases of ten dollars per hour by the fifth year of the contract! “These language and economic improvements are not only life-changing for the Teamsters driving the trucks”, said Teamsters Local 231 Secretary-Treasurer, Rich Ewing, “but also will allow the Employer to be able to retain and attract the best drivers in the industry, and continue to provide first class service to the local communities.”
Theses negotiations, led by Business Representative Heather Ewing, with committee members Don Hughes and Dean Simpson, built off of the recent historic multi-local Solid Waste agreement achieved by Teamsters Locals 174 and 231. This is further evidence that we truly are stronger together.
Now these Teamsters Local 231 members are ready to stand in solidarity with their sisters and brothers working under the SSC Shop and Recycle agreements, as they too negotiate agreements that meet the new standards for the Solid Waste industry in the Pacific Northwest.