In the wake of the decision by workers at Boeing to hold the line on protecting good-paying jobs and strong pensions, one state legislator from Spokane has introduced legislation called “Right to Work.” What exactly is “Right to Work” and how would it impact us?
The new issue of Teamster Talk is now available! This issue has articles on:
- Our contract win at Darigold
- Teamsters supporting the Machinists
- Right-to-work (for less) laws that would hurt workers
- The fight for $15/hr in SeaTac and Seattle
- Upcoming legislative session
- Our Holiday Membership Meeting on Dec. 19
For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.
Teamster production workers and lab technicians, employed by Darigold, have overwhelmingly ratified a new labor agreement that provides wage increases, health care protections, and retirement security for 220 workers and their families. The contract vote took place on Sunday, December 8.
“Teamsters at Darigold showed tremendous solidarity and resiliency throughout the bargaining process,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “The strength of our members and our strong community partnerships made this deal possible.”
Fresh from the Proposition 1 victory in the City of SeaTac that will dramatically improve wages and working conditions for over 6,000 low-wage workers at SeaTac Airport, Teamsters 117, together with a number of other unions, is taking the fight to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour to Seattle.
Workers launched the “Fight for $15” campaign by marching 15 miles, from the airport in SeaTac to downtown Seattle, where they held a rally on the steps of City Hall on December 5.
On November 21st, the King County Coalition of Unions delivered a comprehensive proposal to King County that addresses a broad range of concepts, including vacation cash out, wage progression disparity, job security, a fair and morally defensible COLA, and longevity.
View the complete update here.
As our region braces for a severe cold spell, with temperatures expected to plunge into the 20s, homeless families and other residents of Nickelsville are asking members of Teamsters 117 for their help.
Here are the top ten items homeless families in Nickelsville need. Your donations are appreciated more than you can imagine.
It's that time of year again when Teamsters across the state, at our DOC facilities and domicile locations, and on December 19 at 7 PM at the Union hall, will be gathering together by the hundreds for cookies, coffee, solidarity and our annual raffle drawing.
Dozens of prizes are awarded each year, including iPods, Wiis, power tools, bottles of wine, gift cards and televisions sets. All of the gifts are purchased from companies with whom Local 117 has a bargaining relationship.
You can RSVP for the holiday meeting here.
After more than five months of negotiations, we are pleased to announce that the Joint Labor Committee has reached a tentative agreement with the City of Tacoma on health insurance for 2014.
Brothers and Sisters:
I’m a Teamster lab technician, and I work in Darigold’s corporate lab in Tukwila. It’s my job to test the milk and other dairy products your family enjoys to make sure that they are healthy and safe.
But Darigold is not valuing my work. Instead the company is engaging in a campaign of intimidation directed at those of us who have worked so hard to make the company profitable.
Brothers and Sisters:
When workers go on strike, it is the ultimate test of union solidarity. Who crosses the line and who is willing to risk their livelihood to stand together with their brothers and sisters makes all the difference.
But you don’t need a picket line to show union solidarity. Solidarity is also about giving back to your community.
Last year, Teamsters at the DOC successfully won an arbitration award that prohibits the Department from denying personal holiday requests under the pretext that “relief is unavailable.”
The arbitrator’s award put a stop to the DOC’s practice of denying personal holiday requests in most cases. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop the Department from violating your contract altogether. DOC continued to deny personal holiday requests when the day requested fell on an actual holiday.
Teamsters joined hundreds of union members last night at Westlake Park in the heart of downtown Seattle to stand in solidarity with Boeing Machinists who resoundingly rejected a company proposal, which would have converted the workers' pension plan to a 401k, slowed wage progression, and have forced workers to shoulder more of the cost of health care.
Gracious is the word that springs to mind when you talk about Dr. Tamara Russell.
This summer, Dr. Russell, a Teamsters 117 member who oversees a group of mental health clinicians at the Washington State Penitentiary, received an award from the American Psychological Association for her outstanding and innovating work at the facility.
But instead of claiming even an ounce of credit for the award, Dr. Russell praises her staff for their dedication, creativity, and commitment.
Workers who handle our food from the farms to the stores launched a new coalition on Saturday that will work in solidarity with Union members fighting for dignity and respect at Darigold.
Farm workers, dairy production workers, grocery distribution workers, lab technicians, and grocery clerks filled the Teamsters Union hall in Tukwila to establish a “Farm to Family” coalition that will promote health and safety, workplace justice, and environmental stewardship as food travels from our region’s farms to the tables of families in our communities.
For a sample of the representational work that we are involved in on behalf of Teamsters at the DOC, check out the new DOC facility news section of the website.
The work described in the section is by no means comprehensive. The facility news section will be updated on a bi-monthly basis and can be accessed in the member center under Department of Corrections and Law Enforcement.
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