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Strike Looming Between Teamsters and Columbia Distributing

(SEATTLE) – In contract negotiations with its employees last week, Columbia Distributing, the Pacific Northwest’s largest distributor of beer, wine and liquor products, abruptly walked away from the bargaining table after insisting that workers pay more for their health insurance and accept dozens of concessions that would destroy workers’ job protections. Columbia’s drivers and warehouse workers, who are represented by the Teamsters, may be forced to go on strike as a result.

Port Driver and Warehouse Worker Strikes End With $3.5 Million In New Wage Theft Claims Filed

After five days of active picketing that dramatically impacted trucking companies and the marine terminal operators that continued to allow the trucks of struck companies into their yards, misclassified “independent contractor” drivers from XPO Logistics, Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT), and Gold Point Transportation ended their strike on October 30. Drivers from Pacific 9 Transportation remain on strike indefinitely. Amazon warehouse workers employed by Wilmington-based California Cartage also ended their strike with the support of the Teamsters. 

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