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Teamsters 117 Wire

Fare Times - Taxi News

WWTCOA-Taxis.jpgWant to know some of the issues facing Puget Sound taxicab operators, who are working closely together with Teamsters Local 117? 

Check out the new issue of the Fare Times, the newsletter for the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA).


Our Fight for Respect at Darigold

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Teamster 117 Brothers and Sisters:

I’m a production worker at Darigold’s milk plant in Seattle. I have worked there for over 25 years. It’s my job to process the milk that gets to your family’s table and is served at schools and hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

I’m also a rank-and-file member of the Teamsters 117 bargaining committee. 


Members at the City of Auburn Vote to Ratify New Contract

Members of Teamsters 117, working at the City of Auburn, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their contract. 

The new agreement increases members' wages, protects their retirement security, and improves their health and welfare benefits.  The agreement will also save the city approximately $100,000, which can be used to help pay for road and safety improvements. 


Tentative Agreement Reached at City of Kent

After a lengthy bargaining process, we are excited to announce that we have reached a fully-recommended tentative agreement with the City of Kent.

The agreement improves wages, preserves benefits, and improves retirement security by increasing contributions into the Teamsters pension.


Ready, Set, VOTE!

Your-Vote-Counts.jpgIt’s election time, and the stakes are incredibly high. Your vote for candidates who share the values of working families will help build stronger communities for all members of Teamsters 117. 

That’s why it’s so important that you mail in your ballot for the 2013 general election immediately. Here just a few of the candidates and issues that may be on your local ballot: 


Thompson Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

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On October 16, the community organization Puget Sound Sage hosted its 1st Annual Union Leadership Award Dinner. The event took place in downtown Seattle and brought together labor leaders from all across the region.

At the event, Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117, was recognized for her outstanding leadership on behalf of working families in Washington State. 


Tacoma Joint Labor Update - October 21

The City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Joint Labor Committee have been meeting on a regular basis to re-negotiate the entire Tacoma Joint Labor Committee Agreement. 

Healthcare benefits continue to be the primary issue. 


Grocery Workers Reach Tentative Agreement - No Strike!

Last night at 5:30 P.M., the union bargaining committee representing nearly 30,000 Puget Sound grocery workers announced that they had achieved tentative agreement with the major grocery chains, thus averting a strike at hundreds of area Safeway, QFC, and Albertson grocery stores.


DOC Steward Trainings Scheduled for this Winter

Eric-Smith.jpgStarting this November, your Local Union will be facilitating trainings for Shop Stewards at the Department of Corrections at all DOC facilities across the state.

This is an opportunity for DOC Stewards to gain a deeper understanding of the grievance and arbitration process, political action, member mobilization, the elements of just cause, and the scope and history of Teamsters 117.    


Port of Seattle Bus Drivers: Serving the Traveling Public

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In case you hadn't noticed, there's a new state-of-the-art rental car facility out at SeaTac Airport, and thousands of air travelers are shuttled in and out of the facility every day.  

Serving those customers are dozens of bus drivers, employed by the Port of Seattle.   They are members of Teamsters Local 117.  


Long-term employee wins back pay in DOC arbitration win

Legal-Department.jpgIt happens faster than you think:  You come to work one day and realize you’ve got a target on your back.  Even good, long-term employees with stellar performance reviews aren't immune. 

Maybe you’ve got a new manager who wants to “shake things up” a bit, or your boss suddenly decides he wants to crack down on union supporters.  Or maybe you’re facing turbulence in your personal life – a major illness or divorce – that is making it difficult to concentrate on the job.  


Who said phone banking for your favorite Teamster candidates isn't fun?

Phone banking gets a bum rap, often for good reason. The term conjures up images of stressed telemarketers squeezed into cubicles selling Aruba timeshares to unsuspecting retirees.

But phone banking can actually be a lot of fun, especially when you’re a Teamster. After all, it’s not every day that you get to hang out in the back of a semi, munching on pizza with a couple of decorated veterans, talking to voters about how Teamster-endorsed candidates can bring positive change to their communities.


Teamsters' Agreement Prevents Layoffs at Workforce Central

Workforce-Central.jpgMembers of Teamsters Local 117, employed at Workforce Central in Tacoma, have voted to forgo their contractual rights and significantly reduce their hours in order to prevent layoffs, which would have otherwise resulted during the federal government shutdown.

Without concessions by union members, the Tacoma-based agency, which relies heavily on federal funding to support its education and training programs for low-income adults, would have had to lay off over one third of its employees after $1.6 million in Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding dried up last week.


DOC Shop Steward Elections

In line with the 2013-2015 contract cycle, Shop Steward elections will be taking place in the month of October at DOC facilities across the State.

If you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward, please check your Union bulletin board for more information or talk to your Business Representative.

Please be advised that deadlines for signing up may vary depending on facility.


Local 117 Members Join Boston Organizing Blitz

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Teamsters from around the nation, including three from Local 117, converged on Boston in September to join in an effort to organize thousands of workers in the city’s parking industry.  

Yohannes Weldemariam, a 16-year member with Diamond Parking, Jigsa Yohanis, a 6-year member with Diamond, and Business Representative Paul Dascher partnered with Teamsters from Washington D.C., New Jersey, Minnesota, New York, and Canada for what was known as the “Boston Blitz.”