This is how a Teamster retiree does it! John Van Buskirk, former King County employee and Teamsters 117 Steward Advisory Council member, and current delegate to the MLK King County Labor Council, enjoying his retirement in Glacier National Park in Montana.
Congratulations, John, and keep on truckin!
Every day at every level of government, elected officials make decisions that affect your job, your family and your life.
Register to vote today. The stakes are too high not to care.
Teamsters 117 launched its new website in August. The new site is designed to provide information and resources to Local 117 members, integrate with new social media tools, and engage members to take legislative and political action so that we can build union power and best fight to protect the rights of working families.
As we continue to build the new site, please share your impressions and/or suggestions so that we can create a site that best reflects your needs as a member of the Union. Thank you for your participation!
The City and Joint Labor have been meeting on a weekly basis to negotiate the entire Joint Labor Agreement. Health care benefits continue to be the primary issue, although the employer is bringing many language items to modify the entire agreement.
Starting in mid-September, your Local Union will begin negotiations with the County over contracts for the Professional, Technical, and Administrative Support and the Joint Units Agreement (formerly Joint Crafts Council) bargaining units.
Please give a raucous Teamsters’ welcome to twelve new Local 117 members at King County. The new group of clerical and administrative employees in the County’s Wastewater Division will be accreting into the Wastewater bargaining unit.
The group, formerly represented by the Technical Employees Association (TEA), spent over a year fighting TEA appeals, but has finally prevailed in their desire to become Teamsters.
Ever report to work and find somebody else doing your job? Maybe it’s a manager or a contract worker that the boss has brought in from the outside.
The practice is called ‘skimming’, and it is a common ploy used by employers to cut costs at your expense. With skimming, before you know it, your work area is in disarray, you’re losing out on overtime, or maybe your job is disappearing before your very eyes.
Teamsters laced up their boots on Saturday for the fourth annual Local 117 Soccer Tournament, held at the Tukwila Community Center.
There were players from six teams that participated in the event, including members from the grocery, dairy, steel, maritime, and taxi industries. In all, about 100 members and their families were on hand to enjoy the festivities.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.