Our very own Tracey Thompson was recognized with the Mother Jones award at the Washington State Labor Council convention this weekend.
The award honors an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, commitment and dedication to furthering the labor movement in Washington State in the spirit of Mary “Mother” Jones.
The new issue of Teamster Talk, the newsletter for Local 117 members is now available!
In this issue, you'll find news about the recent volunteer work of our Teamsters Women's Caucus as well as our efforts to organize app-based drivers at Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar.
Check out a PDF of your Teamster Talk newsletter here. For print copies, talk to your Business Rep.
Brothers and Sisters:
As your new Secretary-Treasurer, I am honored and humbled to serve this Union that I love. As we look ahead at the many challenges that working families face, I wanted to share with you some of my personal experiences and my vision for the future of the labor movement and for Teamsters Local 117.
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Whether you donate $500 or $5, your donation is appreciated. Thank you!
After six years under the outstanding direction of Tracey Thompson, your Local Union will see a change in leadership.
On March 11, the Executive Board of Teamsters Local 117, unanimously voted to appoint President John Scearcy to succeed Thompson as your new Secretary-Treasurer effective April 1. The Secretary-Treasurer is the principal officer at Teamsters Local 117, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Union.
Thompson announced the change at the annual Shop Steward Seminar on March 14 and at the membership meeting on March 19.
Teamster 117 Shop Stewards from across our Union met on Saturday at the Washington State Convention Center to build power and strategize for the coming year.
"Our Shop Stewards are the rank-and-file leaders of this Union," said Tracey Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117. "Every year we recognize their hard work, commitment, and sacrifice. We can't thank them enough for the tremendous contributions that they make every day to building a strong Union for all of our members."
View PHOTOS from the event.
Members of Teamsters Local 117 joined thousands of community members for Seattle's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march and rally.
Students, civil rights activists, labor leaders, elected officials and union members gathered at Garfield High School for the daylong celebration that included morning workshops, an 11 A.M. rally, and a march from Seattle’s Central District to Westlake Center in downtown.
Today we received exciting news from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters:
If you missed our first Women’s Caucus meeting, here’s a recap!
Teamsters Local 117’s Women’s Caucus plans to meet quarterly this year following the membership meeting schedule—March 19, June 18, Sept 27, and December 17. Prior to our next meeting, we will participate in Caucus Lobby Day on Tuesday, February 24 in Olympia.
Brothers and Sisters:
Last summer, we conducted focus groups for dozens of members of Teamsters Local 117. We wanted to hear from you about how to build a stronger Union that can more effectively fight for fair wages and good benefits for all members.
One of the things we learned is that members want more responsibility and to take greater ownership of their Union. They want more active Shop Stewards who play a greater role in the workplace; they want to understand their contract; and they want to get involved.
Your feedback has led to a number of exciting changes: