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Teamsters 117 Wire

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."

Teamsters Fight For Earned Sick Days in City of Tacoma

You can’t sleep. It hurts to swallow, your bones ache, and you’re alternating between night sweats and chills. In the morning, you’ve got a decision to make: Either you call in sick, or you suck it up, stumble off to work, and risk getting worse.

Whatever you decide will have consequences, on your own health, the health of those around you, and perhaps on your ability to hold your job. If it’s a sick child you're faced with, the decision can be agonizing, especially if your employer is not the sympathetic sort.

CHARLES BAILEY, Admission Attendant

"Anyone that will listen, I’ll tell them: go get a union job."

Keeping An Eye on the State Budget

With regular session in Olympia winding down, the State Legislature and the Governor are hammering out a budget deal that will directly impact Teamsters at the Department of Corrections.

We’ve been tracking the budget negotiations closely, and from what we’ve seen so far, the Senate and the House budget proposals are a mixed bag as far as Corrections is concerned.

DEBRA DAHLIN, Retail and 117 Shop Steward

"I'm proud to be a member of Teamsters Local 117.  I've registered over 1000 Teamsters to vote."

Breaking News! Doc Teamsters Win Interest Arbitration

We have some exciting news for Teamsters at the Department of Corrections:

On Friday, April 19, your Local Union’s Secretary-Treasurer Tracey A. Thompson resolved the pending bad faith bargaining Unfair Labor Practice against the State and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that secures full interest arbitration rights during the term of your 2013-2015 collective bargaining agreement.

AHCC Member Recounts Day of Action! Event and the Fight for Interest Arbitration


Thank you to Cheryl Steele, a Classification Counselor 2 at Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) for sharing her experiences at the DOC Day of Action event on January 10. Her article is published in its entirety below:

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.