March 2022

Concrete truck drivers get $1,000,000 in support from national Teamsters Union

Union President and Secretary-General came to Seattle to show solidarity

On their fourth day in office today, Teamsters General President Sean O'Brien and General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman traveled to Seattle from Washington D.C. to join Local 174 members on strike at Stoneway Concrete. 

O'Brien and Zuckerman presented the members on the picket line with $1,000,000 in support from the International to help the workers and their families who have faced hardship during the strike.

That money, explained O'Brien will go into the local strike fund, and "They'll get a check next Friday for $2000. And then the next remaining weeks, they'll get an increase in their weekly strike benefit.

We're going to give 100% support.  We're going to win this strike. Our members are demanding what they're worth, and they're going to get what they're worth."


Man wounded in West Seattle shooting

information from Seattle Police Department

A 41-year-old man was wounded in a shooting early Thursday in West Seattle.

Around 3:20 am officers were called to the 2600 block of Southwest Andover for a report of a shooting. The victim was reportedly shot in the leg from behind, and sought help from a person in an RV near the scene.

Officers found the victim and applied a tourniquet to his wound. Seattle Fire Department medics then transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000


Update: Carjacking in North Highline results in crash, injury and arrests

Update 7pm

All three suspects are now in custody. 

Original post

A carjacking in North Highline that started in the 100 block of 112th SW took some strange turns on Wednesday March 23.

A car that was reported stolen earlier in the day ended in a crash near 118th and Glendale Way South. That crash injured one person who was taken to Harborview Medical center with critical injuries.

Two suspects remain at large, and one is in custody.


Negotiations on concrete strike break down almost immediately; Union offered to go to arbitration but got no response

After four months of delays and major construction projects still in limbo the concrete truck driver's union Teamsters Local 174 offered on Wednesday March 23 to move negotiations to arbitration. Seattle’s concrete companies – Cadman Materials, Inc., CalPortland, Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel Company and Stoneway Concrete – met with the union for five minutes before caucusing for 20 minutes and then did not provide a timeline for their response. 

The union’s offer to move negotiations to arbitration to help reach an agreement comes after Teamsters Local 174 requested to meet the bargaining representatives for the four companies last Friday over Zoom, only to have the companies delay negotiations to March 23.


Women and EnCOURAGEment; A conversation and book signing

Highline Heritage Museum hosts Michelle Dunn Marsh on Saturday Mar 26 from 2-4pm

information from Highline Heritage Museum

Please join photographer Michelle Dunn Marsh and museum's ED Nancy Salguero McKay for a conversation on the importance of collaboration and encouragement in personal storytelling.

Dunn Marsh will discuss the evolution of "Seeing Being Seen" from an inaugural exhibit as part of the opening of the Highline Heritage Museum in 2019 to a book of photographs and text published in 2022.

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King County Executive Constantine proposing the county with partners make their own concrete

Emergency motion made to conduct feasibility study while still urging concrete labor and owners to negotiate in good faith

King County Executive Dow Constantine today made an emergency motion before the King County Council that the county, with partners in the City of Seattle and the Port of Seattle that a feasibility study be conducted regarding the manufacturing of concrete. The ongoing labor dispute between ILWU Local 174 representing local area concrete truck drivers and the concrete manufacturing companies in the area has meant the delay in numerous projects around the region.

in a statement he said,

Sound Transit, the Port of Seattle, the University of Washington, the City of Seattle and other local jurisdictions will join in the feasibility study. Each have projects delayed by the lack of available concrete, ranging from Link Light Rail, to a new University of Washington Behavioral Health Teaching Facility, to the West Seattle Bridge.


Man wounded in Ballard shooting

information from Seattle Police Department

A 39-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in Ballard late Monday evening.

Shortly after 11 p.m., police received reports Seattle Fire Department medics were at 17th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 53rd Street, treating a man with a gunshot wound to his neck.

The man declined to provide information to police about the shooting, and witnesses left the area before officers could interview them,

Seattle Fire Department medics treated the victim and transported him to Harborview Medical Center.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.


Virtual meeting today will discuss next steps in concrete strike

Executive Dow Constantine and others will meet regarding what can be done

King County Executive Dow Constantine and regional partners will propose next steps in response to concrete strike at King County Council Tuesday in a virtual meeting of the King County Council at 1 p.m. to propose the next steps King County and regional partners could take with regards to the concrete strike that has delayed critical infrastructure projects around the region, including completing the repairs on the West Seattle Bridge.

The strike between Teamsters Local 174 and several local concrete manufacturers has stalled most local construction projects, including expansion of Sound Transit Light Rail, public and private housing projects, and critical environmental infrastructure. 

Executive Constantine will be joined by representatives from other public agencies.

WHAT: Executive Constantine at King County Council to discuss concrete proposal

WHEN: Tuesday, March 22 at 1 p.m.