(TUKWILA, Wash.)—Construction industry Teamsters working under the Western Washington Associated General Contractors (AGC) contract rejected their contract offer by a wide margin this weekend. They are seeking fair compensation, benefits and treatment on the job.

Along with the rejection of the contract offer, the nearly 300 members of Teamsters Local 174 covered by the agreement also voted to authorize a strike, one that would cripple the construction industry throughout the region.

“Our members spoke loud and clear when they told us this contract offer wasn’t going to work,” said Rick Hicks, Teamsters Joint Council 28 President. “The construction industry is booming right now, but these Teamster construction drivers are being left behind. They see what their brothers and sisters in the other construction trades are achieving, both in economics and in language to protect their work, and these drivers are more than willing to strike to get to where they need to be.”