The deadline to enroll in or increase your optional life insurance for yourself or eligible dependents has been extended from Nov. 30 to Dec. 16.
Current employees can elect up to $500,000 in coverage (in $10,000 increments) without answering health questions or having a medical exam – even if you have previously been denied life insurance coverage.
You can also elect or increase life insurance coverage for a spouse/state-registered domestic partner or children. Note: If you currently have Dependent Basic Life Insurance for your spouse, state-registered domestic partner, or child(ren), you must act in by December 16 to elect Optional Life Insurance for them for 2017 to avoid a lapse in coverage. MetLife does not offer Dependent Basic Life Insurance, so this coverage will end December 31, 2016.
You can enroll with MetLife online at www.mybenefits.metlife.com/wapebb. Just create an account by using PEBB Benefits - State of Washington as your employer name and sign up for your optional life insurance benefits. Even if you are not enrolling in or changing life insurance amounts for 2017, you should create an online account and name your beneficiaries with MetLife. (Your beneficiary designations will not automatically transfer to MetLife.)
More details can be found on the HCA website at www.hca.wa.gov/public-employee-benefits/employees/life-insurance.
By Michelle Woodrow,
Teamsters Local 117 President and Director of Corrections and Law Enforcement
As a Local Union representing over 6,000 Law Enforcement and Corrections professionals, we are grieving with the entire Tacoma Police Department on the tragic death of one of their officers who was killed in the line of duty last night.
We extend our condolences to the entire Department and to the friends and family of the fallen officer.
This kind of tragedy strikes a deep chord in all of us and reminds us of the tremendous risks that our brave men and women in law enforcement and corrections take every day to protect us and keep our communities safe.
We express our gratitude to the community that is showing its support to law enforcement and to our members at South Sound 911.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the Department of Corrections’ decision to phase out the word “offender” and replace it with words like “individual,” “patient,” or “student” in reference to the men and women serving time in our state’s prisons.
Some DOC members say they aren’t bothered by the change in terminology, while many others are deeply offended by the DOC’s focus on the issue.
Our representatives in Olympia are paying attention as well. A group of five senators sent a letter to DOC Secretary Dick Morgan earlier this month expressing their concern over the Department’s decision.
They say the decision could pose “a public safety risk” by creating confusion among DOC personnel. They also question whether the Department had the independent authority to make the change in the first place.
The Guardian focuses on news and information for our members who work at the Department of Corrections.
For DOC Teamsters, there's a lot going on. We recently achieved at least a 10.5 percent raise for all members over the next two years through the interest arbitration process.
We also achieved an improved vacation schedule and interest arbitration rights in the DOC contract moving forward.
Our economic gains through arbitration must be approved by the state legislature, however. That's why we're gearing up for a big Legislative Reception and Lobby Day event on February 13-14.
You don't have to be a DOC member to join us at that event!
You can read about the contractual and interest arbitration gains as well the Lobby Day event in the new Guardian. You'll also find an article that highlights the work of Officer Hector Padilla on the DOC Honor Guard at AHCC.
You can access the Guardian newsletter here. For print copies, talk to your Shop Steward or Business Rep.
Members of your DOC bargaining team during a bargaining session in July.
As I’m sure most of you have heard, the details of your 2017-2019 contract are set.
I am extremely proud of the work that went into achieving this historic agreement.
By the end of this contract, Teamsters at DOC will have received a 20.3 percent wage increase over the last four years. No other state employee group of your size has received as large an increase.
REGISTER HERE for our 2017 DOC Lobby Day and Legislative Reception on February 13-14 in Olympia.
This is our opportunity to talk directly with legislators about critical issues facing DOC Teamsters:
- Funding our DOC contract for the 2017-2019 biennium.
- The need for a comprehensive statewide staffing audit.
- Improving staff safety at all DOC facilities.
- Recognizing the public safety service we provide.
We will be holding a legislative reception starting at 7:30pm at the RL Hotel in Olympia on February 13. All members are invited to stay at the hotel on the night of Feb. 13. There will be a buffet dinner for all members who attend.
The next morning we will have a training and breakfast and then hit the hill for Lobby Day appointments with legislators.
It's important that we have an excellent showing at this event so that we can make sure we get our contract funded.
Join us for our 2016 Holiday Membership Meetings for Teamsters at DOC. At the meetings, we will be discussing:
- Our contract and interest arbitration award
- Our Legislative Reception and Lobby Day - Feb. 13-14
- The 2017 legislative session
- Plan to get our contract funded
You can view days, times, and facilities below. Click on the link to your facility to RSVP.
|Monday||11/14/2016||0630, 0830, 1230, 1420, 1620||WSP|
|Wednesday||11/16/2016||0615, 0830, 1130, 1230, 1415, 1600, 1815||CRCC|
|Friday||11/18/2016||0630, 0830, 1230, 1420, 1620||AHCC|
|Monday||11/28/2016||0620, 1130, 1300, 1420, 1600||WCC|
|Tuesday||11/29/2016||1130, 1300, 1420, 1535, 2100||CBCC|
|Wednesday||11/30/2016||1130, 1300, 1415, 1530, 2100||OCC|
|Thursday||12/1/2016||0620, 1130, 1300, 1420||CCCC|
|Monday||12/5/2016||0620, 1130, 1300, 1420||MCCCW|
|Tuesday||12/6/2016||0620, 1130, 1300, 1420, 1600||WCCW|
|Tuesday||12/6/2016||0630, 1200, 1445, 1600||MCC|
|Thursday||12/8/2016||0620, 1130, 1300, 1420, 1530||SCCC|
|Tues-Wed||Dec. 13-14||2100 on 12/13, 1130, 1300, 1420 on 12/14||LCC|
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.
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.
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.