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Teamsters 117 Wire

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.

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.