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Teamsters 117 Wire

Amazon strikers take fight to company headquarters

AmazonStrike4.jpgYou’ll likely recall the 2011 reports of awful working conditions in Amazon fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States.  Temperatures in some of the company’s warehouses back east rose above 110 degrees, causing workers to collapse and seek treatment for heat exhaustion.   

DOC Lobby Day on January 28 - Sign Up Here!


Join us as we fight to protect and expand the rights of State Correctional Employees!  We will be meeting on January 28 at 9 A.M. on the Capitol Campus.  Contact Political Coordinator Dustin Lambro at 1-888-872-3489 for details.

WTWT PARTICIPANTS: Take your Personal Health Assessment!

If you are a member of Teamsters 117 and you are covered under the Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust, you can save hundreds of dollars on your 2014 medical expenses with a lower deductible or out-of-pocket maximum.  

Just take your Personal Health Assessment before December 20, 2013.  

Tacoma Joint Labor Update - Dec. 12

On Behalf of the Tacoma Joint Labor Committee

The ballots were county on December 11 and the Tacoma Joint Labor Committee agreement passed by 90%.  The Tacoma Joint Labor Committee would like to thank all the members who turned in their ballots.  We will remain at the bargaining table in hopes of achieving a successor agreement before the end of the current agreement.

Tacoma Joint Labor Committee


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.