Albertson's Management has its Way with Tony Andrews

Oregon Teamsters are fighting a corporate giant and the president of our own Joint Council, Tony Andrews, who seems to be in bed with Albertson’s management.

Here in Oregon we are in a fight to preserve union standards and benefits in the grocery distribution industry. With the consolidation of Albertson’s and Safeway, we are fighting a corporate giant and the president of our own Joint Council, Tony Andrews, who seems to be in bed with Albertson’s management.

We are drivers in Local 162, warehouse workers in 206, as well as Local 305 members working together to protect decades of unionism and our good contracts. Meanwhile Tony Andrews is trying to pull us down to the lowest level of his Local 305 contract with Albertson’s, and even worse.

We have petitioned, we have rallied at the joint council, and packed union meetings. It is my duty as a union member to stand up and call out injustice, and I’m not alone.

Tony Andrews has been perched upon his throne for the better part of 30 years now. He has brought industry standards down to such a low point that if you so much as mention his name to one of us out here, you will hear laughter, followed by muttering and cursing. He has brought disrepute upon himself and this great union through his corruption and lies.

We are proud to stand up for our union and our rights. Win or lose, we are Teamsters.

Anthony Cox
Local 162, Portland
Safeway driver


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  • Stephanie McAllister
    followed this page 2016-08-29 12:37:17 -0400
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2016-04-21 18:26:51 -0400
    Betrayals at the upper official levels has become a Pandemic.
    Hoffa must go👎!
  • george denson
    commented 2016-04-12 15:51:01 -0400
    Most us know the 305 contract well. The contract does not have one word about appointed jobs. In fact has bid Language only.

    So ask Tony andrews how his buddy on 305 gets appointed the warehouse premium job out of seniority? The crew challenge this curuption 2 times. Tony did not care. It was his buddy. So now you have lower guy working best job. Nobody can bid on it. Contract has zero appointing language.

    the lies, deceit and curuption run deep with this man. Should be investigated.
  • Wes Curtiss
    commented 2016-04-11 07:51:30 -0400
    Tony Andrew’s is a liar I tried to not listen to others give him a chance but he doesn’t care about his members we would be better if non union that is sad you would think. International would step in he is ruining a great union all he wants is his personal. Gain forget the members
  • george denson
    commented 2016-04-11 02:44:02 -0400
    Then to my amazement people are saying 206 is curupt. Why? They just want to keep what they have. Not give up everything in hopes in getting it back. To me that’s smart. 162 and 305 would be doing the same thing if they were not lied to. Mislead in the worst way. 206 does not want to lower the industry standards.
  • george denson
    commented 2016-04-11 02:32:16 -0400
    I will pay to rent a venue to have rank and file meeting only. Safeway only members.
  • george denson
    commented 2016-04-11 02:29:39 -0400
    Anyone else wonder why Tony Andrews will not issue out contract proposals this contract? The most important contract ever.


    He does not care what we think. He does not want mass documents stating what direction we want him to go. Tony knows what most the proposals would say.

    But hey, it would just be like all the proposals that were tossed in the trash. Once again proving he don’t care what anybody wants. Just like the 99.9% petition that was signed. Toss in the trash.

    What happened to power in numbers? With Tony Andrews numbers don’t care. Contract language don’t matter. 99.9% petition don’t matter. Fair shop steward elections don’t matter. Nothing matters but what ever is behind his lying to everyone sub par worst in the industry Albertsons contract.

    Watch next he will want everyone to strike over teamsters healthcare. Strike for something we already had. I will never understand why he would agree to do that. And then lie to 150 rank and file faces to achieve that.

    Tony lied to us all. He should be held accountable. We should all step up and refuse to let him negotiate anything. Until he honors the 99.9% petition.

    Nobody wants you Tony. Nobody likes a lyer.
  • george denson
    commented 2016-04-11 01:16:04 -0400
    To cheap to pay a steward. And to curupt to allow a vote on steward. It’s the classic 305 circle of trust.
  • george denson
    commented 2016-04-10 22:18:03 -0400
    More curuption this week in 305 perishables shop steward. Tony once again refuses to let perishables even vote. Oppointed a shop steward. Once again proving teamsters 305 leaders don’t give a rats ass about anyone. What type of teamsters leaders refuse to let rank and file even vote? Curuption is out of hand.
  • David Reuter
    commented 2016-04-02 03:19:50 -0400
    I’m here to support my fellow teamsters that I work with on a daily basis. It seems to me that Safeway drivers are trying logically explain what is in the best interest of all drivers when the merger happens, because it is obvious the Safeway contract is far superior to the lacking Albertsons contract that Tony Andrews has put together over the years. I wish the Albertsons drivers could see the light but all I see from them is childish bullying, and name calling on a so called Albertsons / Safeway Forum on FB. It’s exhausting. They obviously back Tony Andrews and for what? When we were asked what we wanted in our new Albertsons /Safeway contract. We said we want to keep all what we have, Teamsters Healthcare, prevailing Union wage, existing bid and dispatch rules, and pension etc… You know what Tony Andrews said, " I’ll have to try to negotiate that in. Not sure if I can get all that for you." I don’t understand why Albertsons drivers want to back a supposed leader like that. We already have the language. Why would anyone want to get rid of it. We would only be going in reverse. It’s unacceptable. Tony Andrews is not looking out for the best interest of drivers in locals 162, 305 and Warehouse workers in local 206 which are still waiting months for a sanctioned local 206 strike. Tony Andrews will not allow a sanctioned strike, with paperwork complete. Why? Why? Why?
  • Steve Christian
    commented 2016-04-01 19:44:07 -0400
    I’ve made a huge effort since this all began to reach out to our teamster brothers on the Albertsons side of this issue, to try and get you all to understand these issues from our point of view, and to understand it from yours. I thought I had made a huge breakthrough about a month ago, when I volunteered my own time to take the lead in setting up meetings between Albertsons and Safeway workers, to discuss ALL of our issues with the merger face to face – calmly and rationally. And I got several of you to agree to it, including you John Boursaw! Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I had some issues come up in my personal life and have been unable to pursue that. I’m going to lay this out as simply as possible. The seniority issue will not be decided by Albertsons or Safeway workers, nor will it be decided by the company or even the union. It will be decided by the courts. Bill Hayes is correct, precedent has been set for the situation we are in and the courts will likely decide in favor of the Safeway workers. There is no guarantee of course, but it’s very likely. Get over it, and move on with the issues we can make a difference on. If the courts decide in favor of the Albertsons workers, that’s exactly what we will have to do, and we will. We have already made the decision collectively to focus on the contract issues. There may be stragglers who are having trouble letting go of the seniority issue, but our shop is focused on moving our contract into the Gresham facility. Your Facebook profile picture is the teamster logo, John Boursaw. That says to me, like me, you are strong union man and care deeply about the well being of your teamster brothers and sisters. PROVE IT JOHN! Put aside you’re differences on the seniority issue, or with Wayne Stokes, and especially put aside ( or at least put on hold ) the relationship you’ve developed with Tony Andrews over the years. I’m calling once again for meetings between Safeway and Albertsons workers, face to face, aside from union meetings/negotiations. I don’t have the time in my life to organize it right now but, PLEASE SOMEONE, take the initiative and put it together. I will be happy to attend meetings or even lead them, I just don’t have the time to organize right now. We have to unite as one shop, BEFORE WE MERGE, or we are going to get screwed big time!!! Who will step up???
  • Randy Saffari
    followed this page 2016-04-01 08:26:16 -0400
  • Bill Crumrine
    commented 2016-04-01 00:42:54 -0400
    You are correct, regardless of the outcome on the seniority issues we need to stop the infighting. Its childish and isn’t helpful in any way. We will all be working together soon enough so lets all have a productive conversation about the issues that will be affecting all of us. We all agree that we all want to be working under the ABC contract and we all want to have Safeway’s bid and dispatch rules so let’s have a conversation about that and stop all the personal attacks on each other. All of us have a lot to contribute to the conversation so lets start with that.
  • Carina Vaughan
    commented 2016-03-31 22:57:04 -0400
    And regarding giving things up in hopes of getting them back…….

    This is a very dangerous slope. You might want to chat w/ members over at Roadway about how hard it is to get stuff back. When their merger happened they lost contribution to their pension and it was suppose to be a temporary thing. To this day they still have not gotten that back!!!!! And yet they continue to have to pay their union dues but because nothing goes in to their pension they don’t get time for 84 & out (or whatever their configuration was). That’s jacked up!

    We have a rare opportunity to negotiate a superior contract. We just all need to come together and stand united.
  • Carina Vaughan
    commented 2016-03-31 22:22:50 -0400
    We should all remember that we are in this situation by no choice of our own. Our employers made this deal. We shouldn’t be attacking each other. We are all going to be working out of one location in the near future and the personal attacks will be hard to forget.

    Can we all just agree that none of us know for sure what has been said in each other’s meetings? Only those who attended said meetings actually know what was said & how it was said. I can appreciate the fact that people at Albertson’s may not believe what we were told but it’s true. We were lied to on several occasions. And knowing this to be true, there is little doubt in my mind that Albertson’s members may have been lied to as well.

    After the last General 305 meeting Tony Andrews agreed to meet with some members of Local 206 and answer their questions (although at first he refused to). Some Albertson’s employees witnessed this discussion. Those Warehouse guys only wanted questions answered that Tony had been refusing to answer prior. The discussion was pretty intense – and understandably so – their jobs & seniority are on the line. It was dis-heartening to see a comment posted shortly thereafter by an Albertson’s driver that stated “the people fighting for Local 206 were the lowest form of bottom feeders he has seen.” Are you saying that you wouldn’t be as passionate about fighting for your job if the tables were turned?

    I am not aware of any local at Safeway making any proposal about seniority that isn’t fair based on their contract AND on the law. That’s not to say that it’s fair personally – and I understand that. However, what I hear is that everyone wants their seniority to be honored and I agree, it should be. However, it isn’t that easy because we have contracts with specific language and those contracts are legal documents.

    Again, it isn’t anyone one specific persons fault that Safeway has language pertaining to this situation and Albertson’s contract does not. (Although I am confused as to why Albertson’s contract doesn’t). There seems to be a lot of personal attacks on Wayne for fighting for our rights/our contract. The fact of the matter is there are alot of us fighting for our rights. Some of us may not be as vocal as others but the majority (99.9%) have definitely made it clear.

    This is not a proud position to be in. Never in my life did I ever think I would need to make the decision to be involved with having to hire an attorney and take legal action against my union. I pay dues that help to pay my union reps wages so to be put in this situation is just unbelievable to me. We work hard for our wages and to have to take part of those to help pay for legal services is just mind blowing! Yes, we could have decided to not take action but that would mean we would have to just discard our contract language and all of the hard work that went in to protecting us in this situation. Maybe the union was a different union back then – one who stood for the people instead of only looking out for the company and themselves.

    I am not against company buy-outs/mergers ….it happens in every sector of business. What I am against is being lied to, purposely mis-lead and not represented in a fair, non-biased way from our union reps.

    There have been zingers thrown back & forth from both sides. Emotions are running high – and that’s understandable. All I would ask is that we all remember that we are all reacting to info we have each been given in our own meetings. I don’t think it’s too hard to believe that each group has been told different things regarding the same subject. We are not responsible for that – we’re told what we’re told. We shouldn’t be fighting each other – we should fighting for one truth!
  • george denson
    commented 2016-03-31 07:31:06 -0400
    Alan. What is fair about not negotiating a fair contract that DOES NOT give up everything you have in hopes of getting it back later? The fact your missing is 206 was not lied to. They were told the offer was EFFECTS BARGAINING. 162 and 305 were lied to. We were told it was a SUCCESOR AGREEMENT. But in fact was effects bargaining. That part of the Nov 1st meeting was also snubbed from the two hour presentation on why you should vote yes.

    Everybody was lied to. What part of that do you agree with Alan?
  • george denson
    commented 2016-03-31 07:22:50 -0400
    A lockout. Pffffft. Lock out 124 stores?

    At least 206 did not give up everything they had in hopes to get it back for 65 cents.

    What if 206 gets what they want? Better everything for them? Then how great will your beloved lying andrews look? Sounds like you better start asking what if’s.

    10% of the stores but Albertsons guys want 50% of the work.

    The Safeway contract reads you follow the % of the work. 100% of safeway stores our moving to Gresham. Safeway lost 4 stores but gained 4 stores net of 0. That language is in black in white. Albertsons has nothing on mergers. Why? I don’t know ask Tony for that is his baby contract he started from day one. 206 has legal ground to stand on. That language is still in the safeway contract that was ratified Nov 1st. Tony is ignoring that language. Stan white and 206 is not. 162 and 305 signed 99.9 (everybody but one person) petition for Tony to negotiate our seniority per artic a 3.2. Tony refuses that petition and is gonna do what Tony wants to do. Totally shitting on both locals at 99.9%. Slap in the face F you style. (If he will do that to us he will do it to you)

    Tony cannot represent both Safeway and Albertsons fairly. We just signed a 99.9% petition. Which 100% of Albertsons guys don’t agree with. Proven we both want different things. Safeway employees should demand Andrews steps down. Replaced with rep from international. Andrews should also step down from any joint cancel votes.
  • Douglas Carneau
    commented 2016-03-30 16:22:34 -0400
    some here do wear rose colored glasses… that said ,, it does not matter what T. Andrews says ,, because everything done at this point will be double checked for truth by lawyers we can trust…it is too bad it has come to this and it should not be this way..
  • Alan Rueschenberg
    commented 2016-03-30 13:01:00 -0400
    206 you were not locked out. Your rep Stan White chose to not negotiate a fair contract for you. Would not get on board with the other Safeway unions. You want to see locked out? That’s what Albertsons is going to do to you, won’t put up with your 9-1 nonsense. As far as your sanctioned strike, that would come at the cost of cutting your teamsters “brothers” throats. Thank you Tony for not allowing self-centered, self-serving 206 get their way. Senority is a hire date, not a formula.
  • Jim Folliett
    commented 2016-03-30 11:00:48 -0400
    It’s sad to see this get so personal. The fact is that we (206) are locked out of negotiations. I know, I was there! We threw 20,000,000 pieces in 2014 while Albertson’s moved one tenth of that. Albertsons employees are laid off while safeway continues to grow and hire. Walk in to any Albertson’s then follow that with any Safeway… its a completely different experience. All we want is the contract we have. Slap a 305 or a 162 on it, we don’t care, we are forced to move twards a strike because we are not allowed to walk into a room where Tony seems to be running the show. Our strike needs to be sanctioned. We need representation. Teamsters is failing us hard and it’s sad and disturbing to see it unfold right before my eyes.
  • george denson
    commented 2016-03-30 08:32:26 -0400
    See, these comments are perfect example of why Tony Andrews position in all this is a conflict of interest. How can one person represent both Safeway and Albertsons fairly? And then be on the joint council voting on issues?

    Tony has clearly said he will not honor the safeway 99.9% petition to save Safeway seniority. He is rrefusing to do what 99.9% of what two locals petitioned him to do. For that reason he should be fired from representing 162 and 305. I don’t care who you are. If 99.9% of your teamsters brothers petition you negotiate a certain topic. Then you do it. You just don’t shit on them. Toss the petition in the trash.

    Let Tony negotiat for you Albertsons guys. Then give us anybody that will negotiate what we all want. Then go head to head by courts and contract language.

    Tony Andrews is nothing but a huge conflict of interest problem.
  • george denson
    commented 2016-03-30 08:17:35 -0400
    J. Bourdain

    We had teamsters healthcare. We had ABC. And we had Safeway dispatch rules.

    We were fooled and lied to. 162 and 305 thought they would follow us. So now there is good chance nobody will get them. All thanks to your great teamster of 30 plus years Tony Andrews His great idea of give up everything in hops you get it back negotiations standards. Or lowering industry standards negotiating style.
  • george denson
    commented 2016-03-30 08:10:03 -0400
    Seems like everyone agrees the teamsters Healthcare is better. And everybody is leaning in that direction.

    So why would 162 and 305 members not be upset that they lost teamsters healthcare. Lost it in hopes we get it back. Why would anyone negotiate like that?
  • J. Boursaw
    commented 2016-03-30 03:15:49 -0400
    Okay Wayne have a good sleep love you too
  • J. Boursaw
    commented 2016-03-30 03:14:59 -0400
    Bill Hayes we want Teamster insurance ABC pay and your dispatch rules. Why won’t you let us have them? Can you not take yes for an answer? Or as I asked Wayne Stokes does this all just boil down to the seniority issue? Think about that Bill Hayes.
  • Wayne Stokes
    commented 2016-03-30 03:10:02 -0400
    John Boursaw. I am going to bed.. Running from anything I have not!! Just ask anyone at Safeway… Good Night to your bullshit!!! Sleep tight…
  • Alan Rueschenberg
    commented 2016-03-30 03:06:35 -0400
    Wayne needs to ask his teamsters suing lawyer if that’s okay!
  • Bill Hayes
    commented 2016-03-30 03:06:14 -0400
    To the Albertsons drivers, your pension contribution might be higher than Safeway, but not working 40 hours a week your actual pension amount is much lower than ours!
    OTET health care is far superior to the Albertsons health plan. And your out of pocket and Maintenance of benefits is higher. The amount you pay out of pocket is about ten times what we pay!
    I’m sorry that Tony Andrews told you that you would keep your seniority, but this is a merger as defined by the FTC. I think you all should take the time to read the McCaskill Bond Act, and the US Supreme Court rulings that upheld thus Act. Continental bought Delta, Delta had more flights and employees and the seniority was based on those two facts. Sound familiar? Yes, it does and the courts will eventually rule seniority in favor of the Clackamas employees. Local 206 doesn’t give a rats ass on what local represents them, it’s about seniority not members dues! Think about that fact, 206 is willing to give up dues paying members! Something that Tony Andrews will never let happen.
    Maybe it’s time for Tony Andrews and the rest of the bunch to get voted out of office, so we all can have a contract would industry standards!
    I suggest you seek out other 305 members, working in different jobs and ask them their opinion of Tony Andrews and the current leadership of local 305! I think it will be a rude awakening for each and everyone of you!
    Here’s the latest, Tony Andrews and Bob Sleight said that the bread transfers to Auburn would be done be union members! But it’s being contracted out to Ruan! Yes, a union breaking transportation company, known for taking union work! I guess that isn’t misleading by our union leaders! What’s nect, Ruan pulling loads out of Gresham? Think.about you futures as I can retire tomorrow!
  • J. Boursaw
    commented 2016-03-30 03:06:02 -0400
    That’s ok Wayne we knew you would deny it. I would too if it was me.
  • J. Boursaw
    commented 2016-03-30 03:03:40 -0400
    Wayne Stokes you where there when Andrews told the Albertsons negotiation team that we had to have the teamster insurance. Your insurance Wayne Stokes were you not listening? And yes I have told our members that your contract is good Wayne. We keep going towards you guys you keep running away let’s make this work and stop running from us Wayne Stokes!
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