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Teamsters 117 Wire

Tacoma Joint Labor Negotiations Update

The City and Joint Labor have been meeting on a weekly basis to negotiate the entire Joint Labor Agreement. Health care benefits continue to be the primary issue, although the employer is bringing many language items to modify the entire agreement. 


KC Coalition Bargaining to Get Underway

Starting in mid-September, your Local Union will begin negotiations with the County over contracts for the Professional, Technical, and Administrative Support and the Joint Units Agreement (formerly Joint Crafts Council) bargaining units.


Welcome New Members in KC's Wastewater Division

Becky-Spithill.jpgPlease give a raucous Teamsters’ welcome to twelve new Local 117 members at King County.   The new group of clerical and administrative employees in the County’s Wastewater Division will be accreting into the Wastewater bargaining unit. 

The group, formerly represented by the Technical Employees Association (TEA), spent over a year fighting TEA appeals, but has finally prevailed in their desire to become Teamsters.  


Stop Employers from Skimming your Work!

Ever report to work and find somebody else doing your job?  Maybe it’s a manager or a contract worker that the boss has brought in from the outside. 

The practice is called ‘skimming’, and it is a common ploy used by employers to cut costs at your expense.  With skimming, before you know it, your work area is in disarray, you’re losing out on overtime, or maybe your job is disappearing before your very eyes.


Soccer Tournament - Photos Here!

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Teamsters laced up their boots on Saturday for the fourth annual Local 117 Soccer Tournament, held at the Tukwila Community Center. 

There were players from six teams that participated in the event, including members from the grocery, dairy, steel, maritime, and taxi industries.  In all, about 100 members and their families were on hand to enjoy the festivities.

See photos from the event here.


Teamsters Hold "Just Practicing" Picket at Darigold

Teamster production workers and lab technicians who work at Darigold participated in “just practicing” picketing actions on Thursday at the company’s facilities in Issaquah and Seattle.  Workers were protesting the company’s refusal to bargain in good faith.

“Darigold is performing well financially, but instead of negotiating fairly and respecting the work that  its employees perform, the company appears intent on provoking a strike, or repeating the history of its bitter lockout ten years ago,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117.


Rental Car Workers at SeaTac Airport Join Teamsters 117

GCA Services Group Employees Unite For Respect And Higher Wages

On Aug. 26 workers at GCA Services Group joined Teamsters Local 117 in Tukwila, Wash. The employees who voted 91-44 in favor of Teamster representation are shuttle drivers, responsible for shuttling rental cars and other vehicles at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


Top 10 Things Never Before Said by a Teamster


BFOQ Case Heads to the 9th Circuit

I am proud of our Local Union.  We never give up the fight for workers’ rights, and we do it in every forum.  

On August 28 - the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a dream speech”— your Union filed a brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to overturn a truly terrible decision for civil rights.  


This is How we Roll at Darigold

Solidarity is the language that we speak.

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"Right to Work" (FOR LESS) is Wrong for Workers

Right-To-Work-For-Less.jpgHey Teamsters,

Don't think for a second that just because you live in Washington State where union density is relatively high, that big business and corporate-backed politicians won't try to snatch away your collective bargaining rights or introduce so-called "right-to-work" legislation that is designed to destroy unions.

Just this past May, Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) introduced a bill that would have made Washington the 25th right-to-work state (SB 5935). 


DOC Says it All Over Again: Uniforms Are on the Way

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The implementation of HB 2346, the DOC uniform bill, has been rocky to say the least, and the Department has admittedly handled the rollout poorly. 

The DOC announced tentative distribution dates that have not been met, they bungled inventory issues, and they did not order all uniform items to the specs agreed to in bargaining.


Davis Wire: One Year Later

Almost a year ago today, Local 117 members at Davis Wire returned to work after a three-month long unfair labor practice strike at their facility.

Despite knowing the truck entrances, sidewalks and railroad tracks like the back of my hand, yesterday was the first-time that I have ever been inside of the facility. 


Bringing Good Jobs to SeaTac Airport

Over the past 50 years workers have been under attack, but in the past 20 years the fight has radically escalated. 

When workers today try to organize into a union - and according to most surveys a clear majority of unorganized workers want union representation - they are faced with violent anti-worker campaigns run by union busters.  


BTU Blood Drive & Back-to-School Drive

The Black Teamsters United caucus is sponsoring a Blood Drive and Back-to-School Drive on Saturday, August 24 from 9:30am-3:30pm at the Fred Meyer in Renton (365 Renton Center Way SW Ste G).

Come out to the event and give back to your community.