Questions: Did your Employer tell you, without any justification, that your performance just hasn't been up to Company expectations and the raise you were expecting for the new year is now under reconsideration?

Do you feel that "friends" of the Supervisors seem to get the good jobs and better wages even though you have much more experience and training, not to mention that you have been with the Company many years longer than they have been employed there?

Did the Employer just decide to change your benefit package, i.e. reduce your vacation schedule, take away holiday(s) or make you pay for health and welfare benefits, without any notice or opportunity for you to have any input in the decision?

Do the rules in that Employee Handbook seem to change without any reason or explanation?

Answer: If you are tired of being that "at will" employee who has no recourse to any changes in the workplace, except for being reminded that "if you don't like it, feel free to look for employment elsewhere", or "if you don't like it, there is the door", then you need to check out your options with a Local Union. A Collective Bargaining Agreement contains wages, benefits and working conditions, negotiated by "you" the employees and your Union Representative, with the Employer, and cannot be changed or taken away for the term of the Agreement without mutual agreement. This means that if your Employer wants to change or take away negotiated compensation or benefits, the Employer must negotiate such changes with you and your Union Representative. This also means that you have the legal right, process and representation to challenge any unjust economic or disciplinary action against you, by the Employer, through legal "due process" with the grievance and arbitration provision negotiated in your Labor Agreement.

If you would like to find out more about your rights and protection on the job with Union representation, please give us a call and speak to one of our Local Union Representatives. Your Employer has legal representation, so should you. We, at Teamsters Union Local 231, currently have over 62 Collective Bargaining Agreements and represent over 2200 Teamster Members in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and Snohomish Counties.

Your call will be confidential and there are no obligations.

Bellingham Office: 360.734.7780

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Click on the link below to read about various Teamster Organizing Victories

Organizing Victories

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Mar 08, 2024
Congratulations to the members of our new bargaining unit at Skagit Public Utility District (PUD) who on February 7th, ratified their first collective bargaining agreement.
Feb 07, 2024
Community Food Co-Op Employees Vote to Join Teamsters Local Union 231 The ongoing organizing campaign has come to a successful conclusion, as approximately 170 workers employed by the Community Food Co-Op at the Downtown and Cordata stores, have overwhelmingly voted in favor of Union Representation with Teamsters Local 231. The voices of these workers have finally been heard loud and clear.
Oct 04, 2022
  A group of 18 drivers and mechanics working for Cadman Ready Mix at the Ferndale and Bellingham, Washington locations have voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining Teamsters Local 231.
Aug 05, 2022
Support employees at Island County Sherriff’s office and at the Island County Correctional Facility have had their voices heard! On July 26, 2022, the Teamsters Union Local 231 filed a Petition for Representation for both groups through the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).
Jun 27, 2022
Victory at Petrogas.
Dec 28, 2020

May 29, 2018

On November 22, 2017, the Public Employment Relations Commission certified the Library and Museum employees of the City of Anacortes to join their fellow Teamsters in Union Representation. These hardworking men and women came to Teamsters Local 231 looking for structure and a voice in the work place. Each of them is dedicated to the education and outreach they provide the community and we look forward to assisting them in providing job security, structure, and an opportunity to take part in developing an agreement specific to their needs that can be integrated with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between Teamsters Local 231 and the City of Anacortes. These two departments of approximately 24 City employees just joined and became fellow Teamsters with an established group of 73 City employees. Welcome aboard!!

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