The following is from Teamsters Local 117:
TUKWILA (Oct. 8, 2015) — Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a fully-recommended tentative agreement with Sysco over a contract involving 220 drivers and warehouse workers employed at the company’s food service distribution center in Kent. The union and the company reached the agreement late Wednesday night at the Teamsters Union Hall in Tukwila.
A contract ratification vote will be held in the next few weeks. The union bargaining committee will unanimously recommend that the membership approve the settlement.
“We were pleased to see that the company returned to negotiations ready to bargain in good faith,” said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “We will be bringing our members together soon to discuss the contract proposal and bring the offer to a vote.”
The contract between Sysco and Teamsters Local 117 expired on September 1, 2015. The parties signed an extension agreement that expired at midnight on October 7.
On September 19, union members voted unanimously in favor of authorizing a strike after the company allegedly committed a series of Unfair Labor Practices. Teamsters, other union members, and community groups across the country expressed their support of the workers during contract negotiations.