Truck drivers that deliver heating oil around the Puget Sound area voted late Wednesday night to reject a contract offer and go on strike the next morning against seven companies, a union official said.
SEATTLE — Truck drivers that deliver heating oil around the Puget Sound area voted late Wednesday night to reject a contract offer and go on strike the next morning against seven companies, a union official said.
The 35 drivers voted to reject the “last, best and final offers” from the companies and were set to begin picketing Thursday at 8 a.m. PST, according to a statement issued by Teamsters Local 174.
The number of residential, business and governmental customers affected by the walkout was not immediately available, but Local 174 secretary-treasurer Dan Scott said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that each driver delivers up to 6,000 gallons of heating oil a day and that the industry is “dominated by our members.”
The companies, all based in Seattle, are Cascade Oil, Genesee Fuel & Heating, Glendale Oil, Olson Fuel, Pacific Heating Oil, Rossoe Energy Systems and Sound Oil Co.
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No one was available from Genesee to comment late Wednesday night, according to an emergency answering service operator, and a call for comment from Rossoe was not immediately returned.
The strike deadline was set a few weeks ago, Scott said, adding that he did not know whether customers had been notified that a walkout was possible.
Principal issues in the negotiations have been the cost of health coverage and the potential use of global positioning systems on the trucks for disciplinary purposes, such as detecting speeders, he said.
Temperatures in the Seattle area were expected to be relatively mild over the next week, mostly in the 40s overnight to the mid-50s in the daytime through Wednesday.