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Teamsters 117 Wire

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

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(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

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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

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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.


Election 2013 - Local 117 Political Endorsements

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Local 117 has a thorough endorsement process of candidates throughout our region and your Union makes an effort to support candidates who care about working family issues.  

For more information regarding the endorsement process or to get involved in election activities, contact Local 117 Political Action Coordinator Dustin Lambro at 206-441-4860 ext. 1262.

The following represents Local 117's political endorsements for the 2013 election cycle:


Teamster Talk #25: Honoring Law Enforcement

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The new issue of Teamster Talk, the newsletter for members of Teamsters Local 117, is now available!  

This issue contains an article on the recent arbitration win at the Monroe Correctional Complex, a look at Local 117 members' trip to National Police Week in Washington D.C., a progress report on the new Local 117 website, and a recap of this summer's Local 117 Car and Bike Show.

Check out a PDF of Teamster talk here.  For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.


Soul Searching Required after Zimmerman Verdict

 Trayvon-Martin.jpgIn light of the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman, for the February 26, 2012 slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a national dialogue has been rekindled regarding social justice, racial inequality, and Stand Your Ground laws.

Our collective hearts go out to the Martin/Fulton family, and all other families who have lost loved ones to senseless violence.


Local 117 Biologist Accomplishes Singular Feat

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The waters of Puget Sound are full of them – rat-like creatures with big wings, a long snout, and iridescent eyes.   Their glow attracts divers at night, and they lay an abundance of eggs in the murky sediment, hundreds of feet deep on the coastal shelf.