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Teamsters 117 Wire

Take Action Now! Don't Let Olympia Play Politics With Your Retirement

A bill currently before the Washington State Legislature would put public sector employees’ retirement security at risk.

SB5851 would create a defined contribution retirement plan (401k) that could eventually supplant public employees’ pension plans altogether. SB5851 would harm existing PERS plans by driving up plan costs. Each new member of the proposed plan would increase the risk to the State Investment Board’s ability to make sound, long term investments. The bill would put the State’s entire pension system in jeopardy!

House Budget Falls Short of Senate on Doc Safety Improvements

The Washington State House of Representatives released its Operating Budget on Wednesday at a news conference in Olympia.

In contrast to the Senate’s budget released last week, the House budget closes 15 tax loopholes and preserves important social services for pre-K children and the working poor. The House budget also provides an additional $1.9 billion for K-12 education as the State struggles to meet a Supreme Court mandate to boost school funding.

SUE LARSON, Local 117 Member at Coke

"The Teamsters have been there to support me and to support my family."

Teamster Action Truck to Visit Local 117 Members in Eastern Washington

The Teamster Action Truck is headed out to Eastern Washington this week where we will be making stops at the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) in Walla Walla and at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC) in Connell.

Seattle Cold Storage Facilities Sold to California Logistics Firm

Members of Teamsters 117 at Seattle Cold Storage facilites in Algona and Tacoma will be working under a different ownership group now that the company has sold two local warehouses to California-based Lineage Logistics.

RUSS CARVER, Steel Worker and 117 Shop Steward

"When my fellow steelworkers saw what we had, it brought them to realize that they could have the same things -- if we all stick together."

News From Olympia - State Budget Update for Doc Teamsters

On Wednesday, April 3, the Washington State Senate released its 2013-2015 operating budget at a news conference in Olympia. The Senate’s version of the budget can be viewed here. Later, in the afternoon of April 3, there was a public hearing on the Senate budget proposal. (We will include a link to video of the hearing as soon as it is available on TVW.)

The Senate budget provides for $1.8 billion for corrections and other criminal justice initiatives. The proposal represents a 0.5 percent spending decrease from the 2011-2013 biennium.

Injustice at the Waterfront - Port Truckers Fight for Humane Working Conditions

If you care about working family issues, you should be outraged at the way the Port of Seattle and many elected officials are turning a blind eye to the unsafe and inhumane working conditions for short-haul truck drivers who transport loads from Seattle's waterfront to nearby rail terminals.

Start Your Engines! Local 117 Car & Bike Show - June 22

Rods, customs, classics, and choppers all welcome for your Local Union’s first annual Car & Bike Show on Saturday, June 22, 2013. There will be prizes, goodie bags, a 50/50 raffle, and cheap eats for purchase.

This event is sponsored by the Local 117 caucuses to benefit your Union’s Solidarity Scholarship for continuing education.

CLARISSA CURTIS, Local 117 Member at Coke

"Being a member of Teamsters Local 117 means job security and having someone to support you when you are treated unfairly."

Teamsters in the Rental Car Industry Talk About Their Union


"My company wanted to fire me because of my religion. If I hadn’t gone to the Union, I would have been fired. Teamsters Local 117 protected me."

MIKE HOLDEN, Forklift Driver and 117 Shop Steward

"Forklift work is now back where it should be - back with the Teamsters."

JASON RIDGE, Local 117 Member at SuperValu

"Teamsters Local 117 has fought for our benefits for so long. We're not going to turn around and give those things up."

DOL Certifies More Than 18,000 Former Hostess Workers as Eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 18,000 workers laid off in 48 states from 864 Hostess company locations are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.