TUKWILA, Wash., Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite snowy roads and an early Sunday morning time slot, an overwhelming majority of the 33 truck drivers and dispatchers at Nelson Trucking came to the Local 174 union hall last weekend and voted unanimously in favor of authorizing a strike. The drivers, who haul heavy equipment and oversize specialty loads, used the unanimous vote to voice their displeasure with management's attempts to gut the seniority and other provisions in their Teamster contract.

The major sticking point in these negotiations is management's attempts to insert new language into the contract that would change the process of selecting which drivers work on jobs. The proposed new language is so open to interpretation that it would leave management free to pick and choose drivers based solely on favoritism.

"They have proposals on the table that will allow them to work anyone they want at any time, and completely undermine seniority," Local 174 Director of Negotiations Patty Warren told the assembled group at the meeting. "This is some of the worst language I've ever seen in my decades of negotiating contracts, and they are completely serious about it."