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Alaska Airlines Targets Low-Wage Workers

donttakemy15.jpgThe voters have spoken.  SeaTac Proposition 1 was approved and certified by King County Elections after a recount last week.  But the new law, which will raise the minimum wage for thousands of low-wage workers at SeaTac Airport to $15/hr and allow workers the opportunity to earn paid sick days, is now being challenged in court.

Public Employees: Don't let corporate lobbyists determine your future

Consider how politics affects your job.  As public employees, decisions about your collective bargaining rights, your job security, and your wages and benefits are made by elected officials at the County, in Olympia, and in Washington D.C. 

The trouble is that politicians are heavily influenced by corporate lobbyists who don’t have your best interest at heart.  In fact, big business outspends working families on politics by more than 15-1, often pushing an anti-worker agenda.

What's the deal with "Right to Work?"

Right-To-Work-For-Less.jpgIn the wake of the decision by workers at Boeing to hold the line on protecting good-paying jobs and strong pensions, one state legislator from Spokane has introduced legislation called “Right to Work.” What exactly is “Right to Work” and how would it impact us?

Big businesses in Washington D.C. and our state have funded efforts in recent years to enact Right To Work (for less) laws, which prohibit Unions and employers from entering into Union security clauses – which require all workers who benefit from a contract to share in the cost of representation.

Teamster Talk #27 - Win at Darigold!

The new issue of Teamster Talk is now available!  This issue has articles on:

  • Our contract win at Darigold
  • Teamsters supporting the Machinists
  • Right-to-work (for less) laws that would hurt workers
  • The fight for $15/hr in SeaTac and Seattle
  • Upcoming legislative session
  • Our Holiday Membership Meeting on Dec. 19

For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.

Teamsters at Darigold Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract


Teamster production workers and lab technicians, employed by Darigold, have overwhelmingly ratified a new labor agreement that provides wage increases, health care protections, and retirement security for 220 workers and their families.  The contract vote took place on Sunday, December 8. 

“Teamsters at Darigold showed tremendous solidarity and resiliency throughout the bargaining process,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117.  “The strength of our members and our strong community partnerships made this deal possible.” 

Teamsters March from SeaTac to Seattle in Fight for 15

FightFor15-Rally.jpgFresh from the Proposition 1 victory in the City of SeaTac that will dramatically improve wages and working conditions for over 6,000 low-wage workers at SeaTac Airport, Teamsters 117, together with a number of other unions, is taking the fight to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour to Seattle.

Workers launched the “Fight for $15” campaign by marching 15 miles, from the airport in SeaTac to downtown Seattle, where they held a rally on the steps of City Hall on December 5.

King County Coalition of Unions - Bargaining Update

On October 8, King County presented an initial proposal to the Coalition of Unions over your successor COLA agreement that included a 2 percent flat-rate increase for each year starting in 2015.  The County is looking to move away from a CPI-based index to flat-rate wage increases in the future, a change that would make it harder for County employees to keep up with the rising cost of living. 

View the complete update here.

Help the Homeless! - Top 10 Items Needed


As our region braces for a severe cold spell, with temperatures expected to plunge into the 20s, homeless families and other residents of Nickelsville are asking members of Teamsters 117 for their help. 

Here are the top ten items homeless families in Nickelsville need.  Your donations are appreciated more than you can imagine.

Holiday Membership Meeting on Dec. 19 - Don't Miss it!

Holiday-Meeting-3.jpgIt's that time of year again when members of Teamsters 117 will be gathering together at their Union hall by the hundreds for solidarity and our annual raffle drawing.  This year's holiday meeting will take place on Thursday, December 19 at 7 P.M.

Dozens of prizes are awarded each year, including iPods, Wiis, power tools, bottles of wine, gift cards and televisions sets. All of the gifts are purchased from companies with whom Local 117 has a bargaining relationship.

You can RSVP for the holiday meeting here.

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

Tracey-A.-Thompson.jpgBrothers and Sisters:

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


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.