Heating oil truckers go on strike

| 12/22/2005

Truckers who deliver heating oil in the Seattle area have gone on strike against seven companies over health insurance costs and a plan to use global positioning systems on trucks.

The Associated Press reported that the truckers voted to go on strike late Wednesday, Dec. 21, after rejecting the latest offers from the companies.

Dan Scott, secretary-treasurer of the driver's union, told The AP that the drivers are upset over the rising cost of health care and a plan to use global positioning systems for disciplinary purposes, such as detecting speeders.

The companies involved are Cascade Oil, Genesee Fuel & Heating, Glendale Oil, Olson Fuel, Pacific Heating Oil, Rossoe Energy Systems and Sound Oil Co. All are based in Seattle.

Scott told The AP that the strike deadline was set several weeks ago and that each driver delivers up to 6,000 gallons of fuel each day in the Seattle area.