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Teamsters 117 Wire

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. 

Theo Chocolate's Union-Busting Exposed


The "fair" in fair trade has a shallow meaning when it comes to Theo Chocolate, a Seattle-based chocolatier, that despite its "fair trade" certification, engaged in a vicious anti-union campaign during a Local 117 organizing drive in 2010.

Once it heard that a majority of its workers wanted to join the Teamsters, Theo hired a union-busting consulting firm, terminated a union leader, held workers in captive audience meetings that lasted up to four hours, and said that they would rather shut down the Fremont-neighborhood factory than sign a union contract.

DEBRA GIBSON, Employment and Training Specialist and 117 Shop Steward

"A lot of my co-workers now realize the power the Teamsters have in terms of giving people a voice."

Workers at UNFI Vote to Ratify 5-Year Contract Agreement; Strike Ends!


Early this evening, warehouse workers and drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 117, overwhelmingly voted to ratify a fully-recommended 5-year contract agreement with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI).

The contract vote, which was held after a 3:30 p.m. meeting at the Teamsters building in Tukwila, officially ends the nine-week strike that started on December 10 at the company’s distribution center in Auburn, WA. Picket lines at the facility were taken down at approximately 5:30 p.m. this evening.

SCOTT FUESTON, Local 117 Member at SuperValu

"Teamsters Local 117 has done a great job estimating our health care expenditures; that is a big bargaining chip for us with our employer."