Teamster Talk #16: The fight is on!
Quote of the month: "When my kids get sick, I should not have to think twice about whether to bring them to the doctor.” – Josh Putnam, Fred Meyer



A message from your Secretary-Treasurer, Tracey A. Thompson

Brothers and Sisters:

No one in our Union can deny that the war on workers is raging.

Large, profitable corporations like Kroger (Fred Meyer) seek to reap greater and greater profits by denying their workers fair compensation and affordable health care. As the State budget deficit climbs to an unimaginable level, more and more legislators seek to close the deficit gap by further cutting wages and benefits of state employees rather than closing tax loopholes for large corporations. The unemployment rate has persisted near 10% for so long that many of the unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment compensation. Read more.

Hoffa rallies support for Teamsters at Fred Meyer
Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa rallied hundreds of union members and their community partners on September 9 in support of Teamster grocery warehouse workers in their fight for a fair contract at Fred Meyer.

Hoffa praised workers at Fred Meyer for their courage as they hold the line in a “war on workers” that is being waged by corporate elitists and radical politicians on the American middle class.

“Some of our people are paying $12,000 out of pocket.  Kroger is an $80 billion corporation.  They can afford to provide quality health care,” he said. Read more.

VOTE YES! Teamsters 117 Strike Fund
Great News!! Because of the overwhelming support from the shop visits we are moving ahead to set up a Local 117 Strike Fund.

At the general membership meeting on September 15, members voted to establish the Strike Fund with one million dollars from the Union’s general fund.  But this will only happen if a majority vote YES for the Strike Fund. 

Now is your chance! Read more.

Port of Seattle: Clean up your act!
Teamsters Local 117 joined hundreds of community members on September 16 in downtown Seattle to demand that Port of Seattle CEO, Tay Yoshitani, and his staff do more to ensure that the Port is a source of good family-wage jobs so that workers at the Port can provide a decent life for themselves and their families.

The rally took place in front of the Westin Hotel, where Port executives from around the country had gathered for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) annual convention.

While inside the convention, highly-paid Port executives touted the Port of Seattle as a “Port of Prosperity,” the scene outside told a very different story. Read more.

September/October 2011

Mark your calendars!
Oct. 2 - 117 Soccer Tournament

Oct. 6 - IBT ballots mailed!

Oct. 21 - General election ballots mailed!

Nov. 9 - Blood Drive

Soccer Tourney: Oct. 2
Teamsters Local 117's Latino Caucus - Comite Latino - is sponsoring a 6 vs. 6 soccer tournament for members of your Union.

The one-day event kicks off at the Tukwila Community Center on October 2 at 10:30 am.

If you are interested in entering a team in the tournament or playing on a team, contact Communications Coordinator Paul Zilly at 206-794-6673.

Blood Drive: Nov. 9
For over 20 years, members of your Local Union have been donating blood to area blood banks as a part of the annual Teamsters Local 117 Blood Drive.

This year's Blood Drive will take place on Saturday, November 19, from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Teamsters Building in Tukwila, WA (14675 Interurban Ave. S., Tukwila, WA 98168).

Last year, members of Local 117 donated over 100 pints of blood! Don't miss this opportunity to help Local 117 save lives. For more information, talk to your Business Representative or call 206-441-4860.




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