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Arbitrator Orders DOC to Reinstate Four Monroe Correctional Employees


(Tukwila, WA) – An arbitrator has issued a stinging rebuke to the Department of Corrections (DOC) in a ruling that favors four correctional employees at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC), who were disciplined by the DOC after Byron Scherf’s murder of Officer Jayme Biendl in the prison chapel on January 29, 2011.

Members Attend National Police Week in Washington D.C.

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.” – Vivian Eney Cross, Survivor

Two Local 117 Police Officers, Roger Gale of the City of Pacific and Willie Bergin from the University of Washington, attended National Police Week in Washington D.C. from May 12-18. The two Shop Stewards were accompanied at the event by Michelle Woodrow, Local 117’s Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement.

Legislators Arrive at a Deal on the Budget; Shutdown Averted, $3.5 Million to DOC

Governor Inslee announced on Thursday, June 27 that the State Legislature had arrived at a deal on the operating budget for the next biennium. The agreement includes increased funding to the DOC by $3.5 million.

Info on Possible State Government Shutdown & Temporary Layoffs - Act Now To Avoid a Shutdown!

On Thursday, June 20, the Department of Corrections announced its contingency plan should the legislature fail to pass an operating budget before July 1, 2013.

The plan, if implemented, will have a major impact on Teamsters at the DOC. We understand that the Department will implement a reduced staffing model, which will result in a significant number of temporary layoffs. Layoff notices could come via email as early as Monday, June 24 in order to be in compliance with the 5-day notification requirements of your collective bargaining agreement.

South Sound Newsletter - Now Available!


Teamsters South Sound, the newsletter for Local 117 members working in the public sector in Pierce and South King County is now available. This issue contains articles on the recent Tacoma Paid Sick Days kickoff, the Cy Sun recall effort, bargaining at the City of Auburn, and your Union's new website project.

For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.

Secretary-Treasurer's Message

Brothers and Sisters:

Over the past week, I have watched in horror as more and more workers’ bodies were pulled from Rana Plaza in Bangladesh.

Thousands of garment workers, struggling to support their families on 18-26 cents an hour, were intentionally sent to work in an unsafe building.

Our Legislators Need to Hear From Us On Transportation!

This year, legislators in Olympia were unable to wrap up their business by the end of the regular 2013 legislative session, and the Governor called them back to Olympia for a special 30-day session to complete a state budget for the next two years.

Join Us For Tacoma Paid Sick Days Kickoff - Thursday, May 30

You shouldn't have to choose between your health and your job. That's why Teamsters Local 117 is committed to passing Paid Sick Days for workers in the City of Tacoma.

Will you join us on Thursday, May 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Central Labor Council to help kick off the Tacoma Paid Sick Days campaign?

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
Pierce County Labor Council
3049 S. 36th St. Tacoma, WA 98404

CYNTHIA ADAMS, Local 117 member at King County

"Teamsters Local 117 provides solidarity and strength in numbers. With that strength comes a stronger voice in the workplace."

Thompson Editorial - City of Auburn Does a Disservice to Taxpayers

Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer Tracey Thompson has published a guest editorial in the Auburn Reporter that questions the City of Auburn officials' priorities in bargaining.  The editorial is published in its entirety below:

Thompson Editorial - City of Auburn Does a Disservice to Taxpayers

City-of-Auburn-Costing-You-More.jpgLocal 117 Secretary-Treasurer Tracey Thompson has published a guest editorial in the Auburn Reporter that questions the City of Auburn officials' priorities in bargaining.  

City negotiators has rejected several Union proposals that would save the City money.

By Tracey A. Thompson, Teamsters 117

State Budget Update - Stalemate in Olympia

Budget negotiations continue to drag on in Olympia with no end in sight. Special session began on May 13 and is slated to end on June 13, and it is likely that a compromise on the operating, capital, and transportation budgets will not have been reached by that time.

Local 117 Welcomes New Political Action Coordinator

Teamsters Local 117 is pleased to welcome Dustin Lambro as your Union's new Political Action Coordinator.

A lifelong Washingtonian who’s lived and worked in every corner of our state, Dustin brings with him years of electoral politics and Union experience.

Teamster Taxi Operator Shares His Experiences at Unity Conference

Local 117 is on the forefront of a new effort by the Teamsters Union to organize thousands of taxicab operators across the country.

Last year, Local 117 organized over 500 Puget Sound taxi drivers into the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA). The WWTCOA, founded last June, works closely with Local 117 to protect the rights and improve working conditions for taxicab operators throughout our region.

GERRY PINERO, Correctional Officer

"We were a tight-knit group. When there was an issue, we walked out together. Everybody walked. We're one Union."