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Teamsters 117 Wire

Majority of King County groups approve total comp agreement


Members tally up the votes on the total comp agreement at the Teamsters hall in Tukwila on October 14. 

On Friday evening, member volunteers tallied up the votes on the total comp agreement between the Coalition of Unions and King County. Eleven of twelve bargaining units approved the agreement.

You can view the results below: 



Professional & Technical and Administrative


Prosecuting Attorney Office


Wastewater Treatment Professional & Technical


Wastewater Treatment Supervisors


Wastewater Treatment Managers & Assistant Managers


Print Shop – Graphic Communications


Security Screeners – King County Sheriff’s Office


Administrator I – Transit DOT


Legislative Analysts – King County Council


Information Technology Managers & Supervisors


Joint Units Agreement


Public Defense Supervisors


City of Tacoma Joint Labor Tentative Agreement Document

Our Tacoma Joint Labor Committee has achieved a 2-year tentative agreement with the City of Tacoma over your 2017-2018 contract. You will have an opportunity to vote on the agreement soon.

We will be mailing out contract documents and voting instructions to all members in the unit on Monday, October 17. Ballots must be returned and received by our office by no later than October 31.

You can review all relevant contract documents below:

If you have questions, talk to your Business Representative Julie Yust at 206-441-4860 ext. 1275.

Port of Seattle Police Officers Honored for Outstanding Service and Live-Saving Efforts


Officers Eric Miles (l) and Larry Murray (r) together with the man they saved: Dan Walton who suffered a massive heart attack at the airport in January. 

Congratulations to our members at the Port of Seattle Police Department who were recognized for their outstanding service at the Department's awards ceremony last Thursday.

Three of our officers were honored with Life-Saving awards in two separate incidents.

Sergeant Dan Flynn, a Local 117 Shop Steward, quickly identified the symptoms of an extremely dangerous condition known as "excited delirium" in a disruptive passenger trying to board an Alaska Airlines flight in November 2014.

Flynn responded to the scene immediately, correctly diagnosed the individual, and requested medical assistance.

The medics were able to save the man's life, but only in the nick of time. The supervising medical officer said the man's temperature had skyrocketed to 104 degrees and he was moments away from death.

Sergeant Flynn's training and quick thinking led to the necessary medical intervention. As it turns out, the man was an Army veteran being treated for extreme PTSD. Flynn had saved the life of a veteran.

In a separate incident, Officers Larry Murray and Eric Miles performed life-saving CPR for several minutes on Dan Walton who had suffered a massive heart attack near the departures area in January.  

Walton spoke at the awards ceremony, expressing his gratitude for the officers' heroics. “If it wasn't for the people, the skills, the dedication, and the people in this room today, I wouldn't be here,” he said.

Sergeant Mark Tanga and Officer Cory Stairs received the Meritorious Service award at the ceremony for their many years of outstanding service. 

Congratulations to the award recipients and thank you to all of our officers at the Port of Seattle for your service to our community and for helping to keep us safe.

Strike Authorization Vote at GP Gypsum is Unanimous


Secretary-Treasurer John Scearcy and Business Representative Kris Fish meet with Teamsters at GP Gypsum. 

Teamsters at GP Gypsum have voted unanimously to authorize a strike. The vote took place at three meetings last week at the IBEW hall in Tacoma. The result of the vote was 71-0; over 90 percent of the bargaining unit participated.

“Our members are ready to take action to defend their livelihoods,” said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “They will fight for a contract that provides job security and respect. Union solidarity at GP Gypsum is strong.”

Our contract expired at the end of July. Bargaining has been relatively unproductive and the company appears intent on delaying the process. We've sent them multiple bargaining dates; they say they’re unavailable to meet until the end of November. 

Welcome, Lance Asher, new Local 117 Business Rep


New Business Rep Lance Asher (r) talks with Shawn Yee down at the UNFI warehouse in Auburn. 

We're excited to add a new Business Rep to the team. Lance Asher became a Teamster in 1998 when he went to work for Sysco in the food service industry.

Since then, Lance has gained experience in several Teamster shops, including United Natural Foods, Inc., where he became a Shop Steward in 2011.

As a Steward, Lance handled grievances, participated in contract negotiations, and urged his co-workers to speak up for their rights and enforce their contract.

In 2012, Lance led his co-workers on a nine-week Unfair Labor Practice strike at UNFI. The strike energized the group and resulted in a stronger contract and greater solidarity on the shop floor.

Together with another UNFI Steward, Lance worked with our International Union to organize UNFI workers in Atlanta.

Lance started at the Local as a Business Rep on September 1, 2016. “I want members in my jurisdiction to feel like they are supported and that they know their rights so they can enforce their contract,” he said.  

Lance will be representing members in several private sector jurisdictions.

Your King County contract webinar - watch here!

At Teamsters 117, we're making an effort to find new and innovative ways to connect with as many members at King County as possible. 

Yesterday we had our first live webinar to give you an opportunity to learn about the tentative contract agreement from our total comp negotiations with the County. You can view the recorded webinar below:

We will have one more live webinar tonight from 7-8pm. You can register for the event here.

In addition to the webinars, we are holding 15 contract update meetings in locations across the County, including a meeting today in the King County Admin building (Lean Lab 300) starting at 11:30am. 

You can find a complete list of the scheduled meetings on our website here.

Thank you so much for the important services you provide to our community. If you have any other ideas about how we can improve member communications, please let us know.

DOC Teamsters Awarded 10.5% in Interest Arbitration Decision


All Teamster correctional employees will receive no less than 10.5% over the biennium.

Funding must still be approved by the state legislature.

View a complete contract summary with salary schedule here.

I have some good news to report! Today we received our interest arbitration award from Arbitrator Howell Lankford impacting your compensation for the 2017-2019 biennium.

All Teamster correctional employees will receive no less than 10.5% over the biennium if funding is approved by the legislature. The award calls for a 4.5% increase effective July 1, 2017; a 3% increase effective July 1, 2018; and a 3% increase effective January 1, 2019 for nearly all classifications. Several classifications will also receive range increases.

This award shows the enormous value of having interest arbitration. Your wage increase will be 4.5% higher than general government employees and 6.5% higher than the State’s final offer at the bargaining table.

Fare Times: News for Teamster Taxicab Operators

Fare-Times-Fall-2016_Page_1.jpgThe fall issue of our Fare Times newsletter is now available. The Fare Times provides news and information for Teamster taxicab operators. 

In this issue, we have an update on the airport contract that the Port signed with Eastside For Hire this month.

We believe that drivers' income will decrease under the new contract. Although we weren't able to prevent the Port from signing it, we were able to achieve important protections for drivers and their families.

One of the requirements under the contract is that Eastside must sign a "Labor Peace" agreement with the drivers' Union within 60 days.

We will be scheduling demands meetings soon so that drivers can talk about their priorities for the agreement.  We'll let you know once those meetings have been scheduled.

Access a PDF of the Fare Times here.

King County Contract Update Meetings and Webinars

Our King County Coalition of Union has achieved a tentative agreement in total comp bargaining with the County. The proposal is fully recommended by the Union bargaining committee.

We will be holding contract update meetings in multiple locations around the County and two live webinars. The first webinar was held on September 28. You can view a recording of it below:

There will be one more opportunity to participate in a live webinar so you can ask questions.

Live Webinar - King County Total Comp  - Register Here!

At the meetings, we will present the proposal and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

View the days, times, and locations of the meetings below. 

Tuesday 9/20/2016 11:30AM King Street Center
Tuesday 9/20/2016 2:30PM Renton Roads
Wednesday 9/21/2016 12:00PM West Point
Thursday 9/22/2016 11:30AM Cedar Hills
Thursday 9/22/2016 2:30PM Cadman Roads
Friday 9/23/2016 11:30AM Regional Justice Ctr.
TBD TBD TBD Fall City Roads
Monday 9/26/2016 11:30AM Chinook Building
Monday 9/26/2016 2:30PM Black Diamond Rds
Tuesday 9/27/2016 11:30AM King Co Elections
Thursday 9/29/2016 11:30AM King Co Admin
Friday 9/30/2016 8-9AM, 4-5PM Dutch Shisler Ctr
Friday 9/30/2016 11:30AM KC Superior Ct
Tuesday 10/3/2016 11:30AM KC Youth Services Ctr


Members stand in solidarity with Republic drivers in Ohio


Over a dozen Teamster drivers at Republic Services in Bellevue sent messages of solidarity this morning to their brothers and sisters in Zanesville, Ohio, who are fighting to win a voice at work. 

The Zanesville drivers filed a petition recently with the National Labor Relations Board for a Union election to certify Teamsters Local 637 as their exclusive bargaining representative.

"We support you as you fight to get a voice on the job."

Marty White, who has been with Republic for 4.5 years, encouraged the Zanesville drivers to vote Teamsters. "Joining the Union is great because you have the support of Teamsters across the country," he said.

Antonio Hernandez has been working in the solid waste industry for 21 years. "Having a Union provides strong support for me and my family," he said. "We have good wages, a pension, and job security."

All of our members at the Bellevue yard had high hopes for the organizing efforts in Zanesville. "We support you as you fight to get a voice on the job," said Tyler Ayala, a member with 4 years of service.

Thank you to everyone for such a strong display of solidarity this morning! 

Teamsters at GP Gypsum Gear up for Strike Vote


Teamsters at GP Gypsum are fed up. Their contract has been expired since the end of July and the company is dragging its feet in bargaining.

We've sent them multiple bargaining dates; the company says it can't meet until the end of the year. They're also insisting that we go to mediation even though we haven't finished bargaining over language.  

A few weeks ago, management emptied all lockers that didn't have "labels" on them. Several members lost their valuables, cash, tools, and even a birth certificate.

Our Union responded by creating oversized Teamster labels which are plastered throughout the locker room. We also submitted an information request asking for info on wages, hours, seniority, policies, outstanding grievances, and more.

Next week, September 29, 30, and October 1, we will be holding a strike authorization vote at the IBEW Hall in Tacoma to send a message to the company: Respect our members and respect the bargaining process.

"We need to make sure that we're all together and to hear what everybody's concerns are so we can make the right move," said Daniel Fox, a Shop Steward and member of the bargaining committee. "We need to stand together."

Assaulted WSP Member Opens Up About about PTSD


Tammy Kimball hopes her story will bring awareness to the dangers of working in a prison and help prevent a future assault.

On the morning of June 14, 2014, Tammy Kimball’s life changed forever. She arrived at work early in the morning as she did every day. Tammy works as an AC Cook at the Washington State Penitentiary where she supervises inmates working in the kitchen. 

Working in a prison carries constant risk. Tammy had been on staff at WSP for four years. She has the instincts of a trained prison employee.

Local 117 Member at IKEA Gives Back Through Youth Basketball


Local 117 member Mario Sapilak gives congratulates one of the players on his youth basketball team.

When Local 117 member Mario Sapilak first started taking his daughter to the rec basketball court, he never imagined it would lead to an opportunity to coach a youth basketball team. 

Mario often stayed to watch his daughter practice, and eventually began talking with her coach, Ronnie Jones.

Teamster volunteers get out the vote for corrections member


Well over a dozen Teamster volunteers spent the afternoon on Saturday talking to voters in and around Walla Walla. 

Our group was getting out the vote for Jared Frerichs, a Local 117 member who is running for County Commissioner. 

Jared is a military veteran and a Correctional Specialist who works at the Washington State Penitentiary. 

"I’ve always felt a deep love and commitment to my community," Jared says. "Many of my values and lessons were formed in the fields, hills, and along the riverbanks of the Walla Walla Valley."

Jared's running on a platform of bringing more living-wage jobs to Walla Walla county, ensuring that residents of the county feel safe, and protecting the environment. 

To learn more about Jared and his campaign, visit his website at Jared4ww.com and his Facebook page at facebook.com/jared4ww.

Seattle workers win secure scheduling


Seattle workers won a major victory yesterday when the city council voted to approve a new law that would provide secure scheduling in the fast food and retail industries.

The law would require large employers to provide schedules at least two weeks in advance and to give workers an estimate of how many hours they can expect to work in a given week.

The proposed bill was passed unanimously by the council.

"Having access to a healthy work schedule should not be limited to those with a union card in their pocket," said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117, addressing the council.

Our Union has been actively involved in the effort to win secure scheduling for Seattle workers and their families.