Teamsters Local 120 of Blaine, Minnesota, the collective bargaining representative for the warehouse employees and drivers at SuperValu’s Hopkins, Minnesota, distribution center, has announced that its members have authorized a strike. According to its Facebook page, the members authorized the strike by a vote of 468-0. There are approximately 650 full-time warehouse employees and drivers at the Hopkins distribution center. Corporate Transparency reached out to Teamsters Local 120 President Tom Erickson, who stated that the strike authorization was “a rebuke to the Company” and “a total rejection of the Company’s concessionary proposals.” When asked what message he hoped that SuperValu would take from the vote, Erickson replied, “it’s a demonstration that our members are sticking together and acting as one, and they will continue to do so as we move forward.”
SuperValu and Teamsters Local 120 are signatory to a collective bargaining agreement, which expires at 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2015. Teamsters Local 120 represents all full-time and part-time warehouse and maintenance employees and drivers at SuperValu’s Hopkins distribution center, comprising about 750 employees.
Teamsters Local 120 intends to hold strike authorization votes at five time periods on Friday, May 29, 2015.