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Teamsters 117 Wire

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.


Teamster Kids: Win Cash for Class

We've all heard it before, maybe at a family gathering or at a get-together with friends:  "Unions were important at one time, but we don't need them anymore."  

How do we, as union members, respond in that situation?  Do we uncomfortably look the other way, or do we speak up, and rise in defense of working people?


Graffiti Artist Turned Labor Activist

Teamsters-Art.jpgIt’s hard to be more committed to the labor movement than Aramark’s Tim Tracy.

Tim is a steadfast supporter and a 12-year Shop Steward, who is filled with ideas for promoting his Union.

He is also experienced in the art of tagging, aka graffiti art.


117 Members Shooting Down Hunger

Local-117-Breaking-Hunger.jpgMembers of Teamsters Local 117 were out at the Gig Harbor Sportsmen’s Club last Friday, sharpshooting for a cause.

It was all part of the Breaking Hunger fundraising event to benefit Pierce County’s Emergency Food Network and thousands of hungry families in our region.  


Our New Website is Live!

Your Local Union is excited to announce the launch of our new website.  The site went live on Thursday, August 8.  Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the features of the new site.


A Strong Night for Teamster-Endorsed Candidates

Tuesday night was an exciting night for Teamsters 117-endorsed candidates. In all but one of the races, the folks we supported made it through the primary and are moving on to the general election in November.