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Teamsters 117 Wire

Schedule for DOC Quarterly Meetings

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Local 117 has scheduled quarterly membership meetings for all Teamsters at the DOC.

Check out what a member from AHCC is saying about her experience at the meeting.


AHCC Member Energized at Her First Union Meeting

Why come to a Union meeting?  That's what Winifred Williams was wondering, as she and her co-workers entered the visiting room at the Airway Heights Correctional Complex in Spokane.  

Williams is a Correctional Records Technician at the DOC.  Her job is to verify that information about offenders is in compliance with DOC policy and the law.  


Secretary-Treasurer's Message

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We are excited to announce a new website for members of Teamsters Local 117.

The new Local 117 website aims at optimizing your Union's ability to fight for you and your family and to expand your rights, wages and benefits. The site officially went live on Thursday, August 8.  


Guardian Newsletter: Respect for DOC Teamsters

Respect-for-DOC-Teamsters_.jpgThe new issue of the Guardian, the newsletter for Teamsters at the Department of Corrections is now available!

This issue contains an update on uniforms, information about upcoming quarterly membership meetings, and news about statewide bargaining with the Department.


Election 2013 - Local 117 Political Endorsements

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Local 117 has a thorough endorsement process of candidates throughout our region and your Union makes an effort to support candidates who care about working family issues.  

For more information regarding the endorsement process or to get involved in election activities, contact Local 117 Political Action Coordinator Dustin Lambro at 206-441-4860 ext. 1262.

The following represents Local 117's political endorsements for the 2013 election cycle:


Teamster Talk #25: Honoring Law Enforcement

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The new issue of Teamster Talk, the newsletter for members of Teamsters Local 117, is now available!  

This issue contains an article on the recent arbitration win at the Monroe Correctional Complex, a look at Local 117 members' trip to National Police Week in Washington D.C., a progress report on the new Local 117 website, and a recap of this summer's Local 117 Car and Bike Show.

Check out a PDF of Teamster talk here.  For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.


Soul Searching Required after Zimmerman Verdict

 Trayvon-Martin.jpgIn light of the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman, for the February 26, 2012 slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a national dialogue has been rekindled regarding social justice, racial inequality, and Stand Your Ground laws.

Our collective hearts go out to the Martin/Fulton family, and all other families who have lost loved ones to senseless violence.


Local 117 Biologist Accomplishes Singular Feat

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The waters of Puget Sound are full of them – rat-like creatures with big wings, a long snout, and iridescent eyes.   Their glow attracts divers at night, and they lay an abundance of eggs in the murky sediment, hundreds of feet deep on the coastal shelf.


Arbitrator Orders DOC to Reinstate Four Monroe Correctional Employees

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(Tukwila, WA) – An arbitrator has issued a stinging rebuke to the Department of Corrections (DOC) in a ruling that favors four correctional employees at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC), who were disciplined by the DOC after Byron Scherf’s murder of Officer Jayme Biendl in the prison chapel on January 29, 2011.


Members Attend National Police Week in Washington D.C.

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.” – Vivian Eney Cross, Survivor

Two Local 117 Police Officers, Roger Gale of the City of Pacific and Willie Bergin from the University of Washington, attended National Police Week in Washington D.C. from May 12-18. The two Shop Stewards were accompanied at the event by Michelle Woodrow, Local 117’s Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement.


Legislators Arrive at a Deal on the Budget; Shutdown Averted, $3.5 Million to DOC

Governor Inslee announced on Thursday, June 27 that the State Legislature had arrived at a deal on the operating budget for the next biennium. The agreement includes increased funding to the DOC by $3.5 million.


Info on Possible State Government Shutdown & Temporary Layoffs - Act Now To Avoid a Shutdown!

On Thursday, June 20, the Department of Corrections announced its contingency plan should the legislature fail to pass an operating budget before July 1, 2013.

The plan, if implemented, will have a major impact on Teamsters at the DOC. We understand that the Department will implement a reduced staffing model, which will result in a significant number of temporary layoffs. Layoff notices could come via email as early as Monday, June 24 in order to be in compliance with the 5-day notification requirements of your collective bargaining agreement.


South Sound Newsletter - Now Available!

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Teamsters South Sound, the newsletter for Local 117 members working in the public sector in Pierce and South King County is now available. This issue contains articles on the recent Tacoma Paid Sick Days kickoff, the Cy Sun recall effort, bargaining at the City of Auburn, and your Union's new website project.

For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.


Secretary-Treasurer's Message

Brothers and Sisters:

Over the past week, I have watched in horror as more and more workers’ bodies were pulled from Rana Plaza in Bangladesh.

Thousands of garment workers, struggling to support their families on 18-26 cents an hour, were intentionally sent to work in an unsafe building.


Our Legislators Need to Hear From Us On Transportation!

This year, legislators in Olympia were unable to wrap up their business by the end of the regular 2013 legislative session, and the Governor called them back to Olympia for a special 30-day session to complete a state budget for the next two years.