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Tacoma Joint Labor - Health Insurance Update

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.


Teamsters, Allies Leaflet Darigold Shoppers in 3 States

Teamsters-at-Darigold.jpgBrothers 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.


Secretary-Treasurer's Message

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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.


Personal Holidays Outcome Preserves DOC Members' Rights

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 Stand with Machinists

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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.


WSP Psychologist Wins Outstanding Clinician Award

Dr.-Russell.jpgGracious 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.


Unions Launch New Coalition in Support of Teamsters at Darigold

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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.


DOC Facility News - Check it Out!

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.

Any feedback or suggestions you have would be appreciated.  Thank you!


Election Success!

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After thousands and thousands of phone calls, and hundreds of doors knocked, we’re proud of our work in 2013.

One of our goals this year was to elect Teamsters to local office – local city councils, school boards and mayors.  


DOC Guardian Newsletter: A Word with the Gov.

Message-for-Governor.jpgThe new issue of the Guardian, the newsletter for Teamsters at the Department of Corrections, is now available!

This issue contains a health care update, a political update, and articles on a arbitration win at AHCC, as well as information about upcoming meetings at your facility.


Gearing up for the 2014 Legislative Session

Lobby-Day.jpgThe 2014 legislative session is right around the corner, and we are busy establishing our legislative priorities so that we can hit the ground running.  

Next year's session will start on January 14 and will run for 60 days.  It's a short session, so acting quickly and decisively with lots of member support is key.

Some of the things we will be working on include:


DOC Winter Membership Meetings

Winter-Meetings.jpgThroughout the months of November and December, Local 117 members at our DOC facilities will be gathering across the State for their annual winter membership meetings.

Your Business Representative along with Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement Michelle Woodrow will be on hand to answer your questions. 

View a list of times, dates, and locations, see below: 


Teamsters Call on Darigold to Return to the Bargaining Table

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Teamster production workers and lab technicians, employed by Darigold, met throughout the day today to discuss the company’s last contract proposal.  The Union challenged the notion that the negotiations process is exhausted and called on Darigold to return to the bargaining table immediately.

“Darigold did not engage in meaningful bargaining during federal mediation on October 18,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117.  “We’re calling on Darigold to stop breaking the law and to return to the bargaining table so that we can reach a fair settlement.”


911 Dispatcher's Letter Touts Tacoma's Prop 1

Proposition-1-in-Tacoma-photo.jpgCheck out this great letter 911 dispatcher Michelle Hensley published in today's Tacoma News Tribune in support of Tacoma's Proposition 1.  

Prop 1 would fix Tacoma streets and create dozens of good, Teamster jobs.  Hensley is a Local 117 member at South Sound 911.


Local 117 Files Lawsuit over Lost Wages at DOC

Legal-Department.jpgYour Union’s legal department, with the help of outside counsel, has filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court alleging that the Department of Corrections violated State law by failing to permit Teamster 117 members who work a double shift to exercise their contractual right to forgo unpaid meal periods during their second shift.