August 21, 2018
MLK Labor Board Sanctions IUOE Local 302 Strike
The MLK Labor Executive Board has voted to sanction the strike authorized by Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 302 working under the Western Washington Master Labor Agreement.
The strike affects tower cranes, concrete pumpers, dirt work, pavers, hoisting and materials handlers, and other heavy equipment operators on job sites in the Puget Sound region from King County north to Whatcom County, the Olympic Peninsula, and Central Washington.
The strike does NOT apply to Local 302 members who are working outside of the union’s Districts 1-4, working under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) or Community Workforce Agreement (CWA); working for Skanska (which has a CBA with a different expiration schedule), and certain other specialized agreements.
After the sanction, MLK Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Grant issued the following statement:
“Operating engineers build and sustain our communities. Like all workers, they deserve fair pay, safe working conditions, and respect on the job. The entire King County Labor Community stands shoulder-to-shoulder with these brave workers as they strike.”