Darigold union talks break down
September 18, 2013
NEW – 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 2013
Representatives from Darigold walked out of federal mediation Sept. 16, setting the stage for a potential lockout or strike at the company’s production facilities in Issaquah.
The walkout left no one with authority at the bargaining table, which could possibly lead to a labor dispute, according to a news release on the PR Newswire.
Bargaining between the union and the company began in April and continued throughout the summer, but talks broke down when Darigold insisted on significantly increasing the amount workers pay for their health care. On Aug.18, the workers voted 130-1 to authorize a strike.
More than 700 members of the Northwest Dairy Association own Darigold. Workers at the Issaquah plant make butter, sour cream and cottage cheese supplying Costco, Walmart and many other grocery stores throughout the Pacific Northwest. The company’s annual sales are over $2 billion.
Teamsters 117 represents 220 workers at the company’s Seattle and Issaquah plants and 16,000 total workers across Washington state.