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DOC Says it All Over Again: Uniforms Are on the Way


The implementation of HB 2346, the DOC uniform bill, has been rocky to say the least, and the Department has admittedly handled the rollout poorly. 

The DOC announced tentative distribution dates that have not been met, they bungled inventory issues, and they did not order all uniform items to the specs agreed to in bargaining.

Davis Wire: One Year Later

Almost a year ago today, Local 117 members at Davis Wire returned to work after a three-month long unfair labor practice strike at their facility.

Despite knowing the truck entrances, sidewalks and railroad tracks like the back of my hand, yesterday was the first-time that I have ever been inside of the facility. 

Bringing Good Jobs to SeaTac Airport

Over the past 50 years workers have been under attack, but in the past 20 years the fight has radically escalated. 

When workers today try to organize into a union - and according to most surveys a clear majority of unorganized workers want union representation - they are faced with violent anti-worker campaigns run by union busters.  

BTU Blood Drive & Back-to-School Drive

The Black Teamsters United caucus is sponsoring a Blood Drive and Back-to-School Drive on Saturday, August 24 from 9:30am-3:30pm at the Fred Meyer in Renton (365 Renton Center Way SW Ste G).

Come out to the event and give back to your community.

Teamster Kids: Win Cash for Class

We've all heard it before, maybe at a family gathering or at a get-together with friends:  "Unions were important at one time, but we don't need them anymore."  

How do we, as union members, respond in that situation?  Do we uncomfortably look the other way, or do we speak up, and rise in defense of working people?

Graffiti Artist Turned Labor Activist

Teamsters-Art.jpgIt’s hard to be more committed to the labor movement than Aramark’s Tim Tracy.

Tim is a steadfast supporter and a 12-year Shop Steward, who is filled with ideas for promoting his Union.

He is also experienced in the art of tagging, aka graffiti art.

117 Members Shooting Down Hunger

Local-117-Breaking-Hunger.jpgMembers of Teamsters Local 117 were out at the Gig Harbor Sportsmen’s Club last Friday, sharpshooting for a cause.

It was all part of the Breaking Hunger fundraising event to benefit Pierce County’s Emergency Food Network and thousands of hungry families in our region.  

Our New Website is Live!

Your Local Union is excited to announce the launch of our new website.  The site went live on Thursday, August 8.  Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the features of the new site.

A Strong Night for Teamster-Endorsed Candidates

Tuesday night was an exciting night for Teamsters 117-endorsed candidates. In all but one of the races, the folks we supported made it through the primary and are moving on to the general election in November.

Taxi Drivers Demonstrate in front of City Hall


(Seattle, WA) – Puget Sound taxicab operators and their community allies converged on City Hall on Friday to demand fairness and a level playing field in Seattle's personal transportation industry.

The drivers circled the block blaring their horns, then parked their cabs en masse on 4th Ave. demanding that city officials take immediate action.

View photos from the taxi demonstration here. 

LCC Members Lead Fire Crews

Thank you to the brave Teamsters employed at the Larch Corrections Center (LCC) who are risking their lives to fight forest fires currently burning across the State.

Schedule for DOC Quarterly Meetings


Local 117 has scheduled quarterly membership meetings for all Teamsters at the DOC.

Check out what a member from AHCC is saying about her experience at the meeting.

AHCC Member Energized at Her First Union Meeting

Why come to a Union meeting?  That's what Winifred Williams was wondering, as she and her co-workers entered the visiting room at the Airway Heights Correctional Complex in Spokane.  

Williams is a Correctional Records Technician at the DOC.  Her job is to verify that information about offenders is in compliance with DOC policy and the law.  

Secretary-Treasurer's Message

Tracey-A.-Thompson.jpgBrothers and Sisters:

We are excited to announce a new website for members of Teamsters Local 117.

The new Local 117 website aims at optimizing your Union's ability to fight for you and your family and to expand your rights, wages and benefits. The site officially went live on Thursday, August 8.  

Guardian Newsletter: Respect for DOC Teamsters

Respect-for-DOC-Teamsters_.jpgThe new issue of the Guardian, the newsletter for Teamsters at the Department of Corrections is now available!

This issue contains an update on uniforms, information about upcoming quarterly membership meetings, and news about statewide bargaining with the Department.