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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


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


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


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.”

Teamster Talk #26 - The Fight for Good Jobs

View the new issue of Teamster Talk here!

10.3.13_Darigod.jpgAcross the country, working people are ramping up the fight to create and preserve good jobs.  

After watching their wages stagnate or decline for decades now, workers are starting to turn up the heat on a small handful of corporate cronies who are trying to destroy the middle class.

Secretary-Treasurer's Message

Tracey-A.-Thompson.jpgBrothers and Sisters -

As Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117, I am repeatedly overwhelmed by the solidarity and fortitude of our members, who fight every day against tremendous odds for dignity and respect at work.   

I’m thinking of our members at Davis Wire who stood up to a heartless employer during a 3-month strike, or members at the Department of Corrections who fought for safer working conditions after the tragic murder of one of their own, or members at UNFI who braved the winter rains to stand in solidarity with 72 of their brothers and sisters who were unlawfully permanently replaced by the company late last year.  

Coalition of Unions Reaches Health Care Agreement with State

We have some good news to report out of Olympia.  Teamsters 117, along with a coalition of state-employee unions, has reached a tentative agreement over your health care coverage.