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General Distributors Negotiations to Resume as Strike Continues
Day 10 on General Strike! Thanksgiving Day - Picket Line Strong
The strike at General Distributors is now ten days strong.  Picketers are walking the line on Thanksgiving.  The theme remains – NO TAKEAWAYS – KEEP WHAT WE HAVE! This strike will continue until an agreement is reached between Local 162 and General Distributors, and only if approved by a vote of the membership. Read More...
"GENERAL" Strike Continues
Teamsters at General Distributors on Strike!

Notice on Labor Dispute at General Distributors

November 19, 2015

Teamsters Local 162 has represented the truck driver’s, warehouse and sales employees of General Distributors in Oregon City for over fifty years.  We have had a good working relationship which has enabled General Distributors to grow and prosper in the beer, wine and beverage industry.  At the same time Teamster members and their families have been able to live their lives as part of the middle class.  That middle class existence is under attack! 

Unfortunately during the current contract negotiations General Distributors insisted that its employees take outrageous concessions in excess of $1.5 million annually.  The concessions amount to a per employee average reduction of $19,000 per year.  This attack on our hardworking members is difficult to understand given the history and even harder to understand since the company is as strong and as profitable as they have ever been. 

The employees of General Distributors have decided that these cuts are unacceptable and on November 17, 2015, these employees went on strike.  Teamsters Local 162 never goes into negotiations with the intent to strike.  However, the actions taken by General Distributors left the employees with no other options.  The strike remains in effect and is ongoing. 

General Distributors is now threatening to terminate and permanently replace striking employees.  This is totally unacceptable to the hard working Teamster members at General Distributors. 

 Any continued disruption of service is unfortunate but the responsibility lies solely with the owners and management of General Distributors.  Your Teamster represented driver’s, warehouse and sales employees hope to be back working with you very soon, but only time will tell if the owners and management have a change of heart. 

Your continued support of our members is greatly appreciated.  Please express your opinions to the owners and management of General Distributors who can be reached at (800) 351-2366. 

Strong Leadership Backed By A United Membership
Fighting For Fair Trade Not Free Trade
Part of the Solution, Not Part of the Problem
Job Security, A Living Wage, Secure Retirement, A Voice On The Job . . .
Our City, A Union Town
Teamsters Are Tough As Nails
Teamster Pride In The Pacific Northwest
Your Pension Safe and Secure
Our Members Come First
Have It Delivered By A Teamster
A Rich And Colorful History Since 1903

Proud to be a Teamster

Teamsters Local 162 is a democratic trade union established in 1903 in Portland, Oregon, by wagon drivers who joined together for better hours and working conditions.   Those early Teamsters and the labor movement as a whole fought the early battles for the 8 hour work day, the weekend, overtime compensation and workplace safety.  Future generations of Teamsters ushered in the era of pensions and health care for workers.  The Teamsters Union is proud of our role as a strong voice in the American workplace and while we strive to protect our hard fought gains we are always looking to improve upon them.    

Local 162 has an experienced group of full-time officers and legal team that administrate, negotiate and enforce Collective Bargaining Agreements on behalf of over 5,000 active Local 162 members working for employers in the private sector.  We represent workers in the freight industry, package delivery, intermodal, soft drink and beer, grocery and food distribution, construction, manufacturing, and general warehousing and trucking.  If you bought it in the Portland area there is a good chance at one point it was handled or delivered by a Teamsters Local 162 member. 

What we do is simple.  Represent our members to the fullest.  Expand our membership by organizing the unorganized.  And stay active in the political arena, because what we gain at the bargaining table can be taken away by the stroke of a politician’s pen.

We are affiliated with Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37 based in Portland, Oregon, and are one of more than 400 Teamsters Local’s affiliated with the 1.3 million member strong International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquartered in Washington D.C.

In Solidarity,

Bob Sleight, Secretary Treasurer               Mark Davison, President

Teamsters Local 162
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