(TUKWILA, Wash.) – A group of 30 Safeway.com drivers chose representation by Teamsters Local 313 in Tacoma this week and join nearly 70 fellow Safeway.com Teamsters at the negotiating table.

The 70 Safeway.com home delivery drivers became the first in the nation to organize with the Teamsters Union after voting to become members of Tukwila-based Local 174 in September.

The newest Teamster drivers, who are dispatched out of Safeway stores in Milton and Canyon Road, had a relatively quick road to unionization after Local 174 Director of Negotiations Patty Warren leveraged the ongoing negotiations with Local 174 to secure a card check neutrality agreement with Safeway. This agreement meant that the drivers were able to simply sign cards to join Local 313, rather than go through a grueling and lengthy anti-union campaign and secret ballot election.

Now that the drivers have joined Local 313, the two Teamster locals have come together at the bargaining table to jointly negotiate a first contract with Safeway. The drivers look forward to achieving a contract which they hope will solve the daily problems they face on the job.