Teamster Talk #19: Recycle Power!
Quote of the month: "I can sum up the Teamsters in one word: pride,” Kris Fish, Kraft



Recycle Power! Teamsters stand united in recycle bargaining

It was a full house at the Teamsters building. Parking was hard to come by, and the Union hall was packed.
Puget Sound recycle and yard waste drivers were meeting to build solidarity and strength as they fight to achieve a fair contract in the recycle industry.
Local 117 is currently in bargaining with Waste Management and Allied Waste over contracts for 250 members; Contracts for members in both groups expire at the end of May. Read more

VIDEO: Teamsters at Davis Wire fight for respect
Local 117 Teamsters, employed at Davis Wire, are in the fight of their lives.  At this dangerous wire mill, workers are being pressured to work 12-hour shifts without a break, for dozens of days in a row.
There have been serious accidents at the company:  Workers have suffered lost fingers, wire punctures, crushed bones, and deaths.
Despite the dangerous working conditions, Davis Wire has proposed steep increases in the amount workers pay for their health care. Read more

Food service Teamsters get organized
With bargaining in the food service industry just around the corner, Teamsters 117 members at Sysco and FSA are getting organized.
Contract surveys are being finalized, steward elections are in the works, and rank-and-file leaders are stepping up and talking up the union on the shop floor.
Before long, a demands meeting will be scheduled where members will have their opportunity to provide input prior to negotiations getting underway this summer. Read more

Teamster hoop dreams: Shop Steward brings hope to kids
For his entire adult life, William Polk has given back to his community. “To be a positive influence on the lives of young people brings back positive results,” says the 13-year Teamster, a Shop Steward at the Seattle Housing Authority.
Polk started working with kids at the High Point Community Center when he was in his teens. He has been volunteering there ever since.
His current gig, as coach of a co-ed basketball team for kids ages 6-10, keeps him busy. During basketball season, which runs from September through April, he puts in about 80 hours a month. Read more

DOC News: Final briefs filed in furlough case
FURLOUGH I:  On the Furlough I arbitration (ESSB 6503), your Union filed its final brief in the case on March 22. Abitrator Anthony Vivenzio has advised us that he will issue a decision on May 17.
FURLOUGH II: A decision on Furlough II is expected soon.  The sole issue for resolution in the Furlough II case is whether the earlier decision issued by Arbitrator Vivenzio in Furlough I is binding with respect to Furlough II. Read more

April 2012

Mark your calendars!

April 28 - International Workers' Day March & Rally

June 21 - Membership Mtg.

International Workers' Day March: April 28
Join your Union on Saturday, April 28, at 2 PM for a march and rally at Sea-Tac Airport!
We will be celebrating International WorkersÂ’ Day and fighting for a future of good jobs for SeaTac and Port of Seattle workers, many of whom are working in poverty-wage jobs, without benefits, and without respect.
For more information, contact your Local Union's Organizing Department at 206-441-4860.

Quarterly Membership Meeting: June 21
Join your fellow Teamsters for your Union's quarterly membership meeting. New members who attend the New Member Orientation Meeting may be eligible for a reduction of their initiation fee. More info. at




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