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.
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.
All Teamster correctional employees will receive no less than 10.5% over the biennium.
Funding must still be approved by the state legislature.
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.
The 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.
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|
|Friday||9/23/2016||11:30AM||Regional Justice Ctr.|
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Fall City Roads|
|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|
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 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."
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 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.
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.
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.
General Counsel Spencer Thal addresses the membership at the Local 117 membership meeting on Sept. 15.
It was a packed house last night for our Local Union's general membership meeting.
View photos from the meeting here.
Members from all across our Union turned out to witness the nominations for Local Union officers. These include the positions of Secretary-Treasurer, President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, and three Trustees.
Two complete slates were nominated for those positions at the meeting and will run against each other in an upcoming Local Union election.
Ballots will be mailed to members within the next 10 days. Your ballot must be received by mail to the designated post office box by no later than noon on October 24.
We encourage all members to participate in your Union's democratic process.
We're excited to announce the publication of the fall issue of our Teamster Talk newsletter.
Taxi drivers voted at their annual association meeting to become full-fledged members of our Union. We also have a great story about a huge arbitration win at United Natural Foods, Inc.
Our Union's Secretary-Treasurer, John Scearcy, writes about coming up through the ranks and the importance of focusing on member leadership and development.
Check out a PDF of Teamster Talk. For print copies, talk to your Business Rep.
Your Union is currently recruiting for two business representative positions for the Department of Corrections.
We are in need of a representative on the east side of the state as well as the west side of the state. If this interests you, please find the attached job description that includes instructions on how to submit your cover letter and resume. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.
If you do apply, please include whether or not you are willing to relocate. At this time, the specific jurisdictions have not been determined.
President and Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement
We're pleased to report that today our Coalition of Unions achieved an agreement with the State on health care for State employees. Under RCW 41.80, state employee health care negotiations must be conducted at the coalition level.
The agreement provides for a maintenance of the status quo percentages of the prior agreement. The 85% / 15% split between the employer and the employee on the weighted average of the premium is therefore maintained for the 2017-2019 biennium.
The only change under this agreement is that a $25 gift certificate is available for eligible members who participate in the State’s WELL BEING assessment.
We’re still waiting to receive our interest arbitration award from Arbitrator Howell Lankford, which deals with the other compensation elements of your contract, but this agreement on health care will be incorporated into your collective bargaining agreement as required under the law.