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DOC Guardian: Are you ready for open shop?

The winter issue of the Guardian, our newsletter for Teamsters who work at the Department of Corrections, is now available!

In this issue, you'll find information on how to register for our upcoming Legislative Reception and Lobby Day on February 12-13, 2018 and an article on how members are starting to prepare for open shop, which is likely coming to DOC next year.

You can access a PDF of the Guardian online here. A number of member leaders will be distributing print copies over the next few weeks.


Make your voice heard in Olympia! Sign up for our 2018 Lobby Day

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SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR 2018 LOBBY DAY AND LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION ON FEBRUARY 12-13 IN OLYMPIA.

Some of the critical issues facing Teamsters that we will be discussing with legislators include:

  • The need for a comprehensive statewide staffing audit.
  • Improving staff safety at all DOC facilities.
  • Recognizing the critical community services we provide.

You can view a complete list of our legislative priorities here.

You are invited to a dinner and reception with legislators starting at 7:30pm at the RL Hotel in Olympia on February 12. Accommodations will be provided for all members on the night of February 12, 2018. You must register by Monday, January 15 to be guaranteed a room at the Hotel RL. You may still register after that date, but we cannot guarantee we will have the available rooms.

On the morning of February 13, we will have a lobby training and breakfast before heading over to the Capitol for our appointments with legislators. 

It's important that we have an excellent showing at this event as we talk with legislators about the critical services we provide.

TO RSVP FOR LOBBY DAY, CLICK HERE!


Having the freedom to negotiate makes a difference

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When workers have the freedom to stand together with their co-workers to negotiate, it makes a difference

That difference is reflected in higher pay, better better benefits, a safer workplace, and a voice on the job. 

On average, workers who are part of a union earn over $200 per week more than their non-union counterparts. They are much more likely to have employer-provided health insurance and a defined benefit retirement plan. 

But real freedom is about more that making a living. It's also about having the time to take your kids to the doctor, attend a parent-teacher conference, and retire in dignity.

We can't let wealthy special interests and corporate CEOs chip away at the freedoms people in unions have won for all of us.

We must protect our freedom to join together in strong unions so that we have the power in numbers to rewrite the rules for our families. Standing together, we can fight for our freedom to prosper.


We're hiring! Open position for DOC union representative

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We are currently recruiting for a Union Representative position for the Department of Corrections. 

The successful applicant for this position will be assigned to the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, visiting worksites, building relationships with members, internal organizing, grievance handling and investigation, assistance in contract negotiations, Labor-Management meetings, steward training and supervision, conducting regional meetings in their assigned areas, and working as part of a team with other Local 117 Union Representatives.

If this interests you, please review the full job description that includes instructions on how to submit your cover letter and resume. The deadline to apply is close of business on November 20, 2017.

Thank you!

Michelle Woodrow
President and Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement


Our union team meets with State to bargain over Advanced Corrections Program

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Our union’s bargaining with the DOC does not stop after the completion of contract negotiations. Throughout the year, we bargain with the State over a number of issues impacting your work.

In 2017, we have filed demands to bargain over newly-organized units, newly-created FTEs, the elimination of certain classifications, and many other issues.  

Most recently, a group of member leaders (LouAnn Anderson, Phillip Cook, John Dunn, Becky Haney-Nixon Venus Ortiz, Jessica Poston, and Shawn Piliponis), along with union representatives Tawny Humbert and Sarena Davis, met with the State to bargain over the Advanced Corrections Case Management program impacting classification counselors. 

Bargaining took place here at our Teamsters Union Hall in Tukwila on Wednesday, October 24.

At the bargaining table, our member team and union representatives discussed the excessive workload demanded by the program and the emotional impact of the work. We passed our complete initial proposal and the State asked clarifying questions. We are in the process of scheduling further dates to continue discussions over the program.  

It’s important to remember that any time the DOC implements changes that may impact your wages, hours, or working conditions, they are required to enter into negotiations with the union. Failure to do so constitutes an Unfair Labor Practice.

Stay vigilant and report any such changes to your shop steward or union representative so that we can file a demand to bargain. This is your right as a Teamsters 117 member under your contract and under the law.

If you have questions about the recent bargaining over the Advanced Corrections program, please contact lead negotiators Tawny Humbert at tawny.humbert@teamsters117.org or Sarena Davis at sarena.davis@teamsters117.org.   


DOC holiday membership meetings start in Nov. Full schedule here!

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Join us for our 2017 Holiday Membership Meetings for Teamsters at DOC. At the meetings, we will be discussing:

  • Our goals for the 2018 legislative session
  • Threats to our freedom to stand together for better wages and staff safety

You can view days, times, and facilities below. Click on the link to your facility to RSVP.

DAY DATE TIME INSTITUTION
Monday 11/13/2017 1300, 1430 DOC HQ
Tuesday 11/14/2017 0615, 0800, 1230, 1415, 1545 AHCC
Tuesday 11/14/2017 0620, 1130, 1300, 1410 MCCCW
Wednesday 11/15/2017 0620, 1130, 1300, 1410, 1530 WCCW
Thursday 11/16/2017 0630, 0830, 1200, 1420, 1600  WSP
Friday 11/17/2017 0620, 1100, 1300, 1420 WCC
Tuesday 11/21/2017 0615, 0830, 1130, 1230, 1415, 1600, 1815 CRCC
Monday 11/27/2017 1100 Central Pharmacy
Tuesday 11/28/2017 0600, 1400 CI HQ
Wednesday 11/29/2017 1130, 1300, 1410, 2100 LCC
Thursday 11/29/2017 800 MICC
Thursday 11/30/2017 1100 SWRBO
Tuesday 12/5/2017 1130, 1300, 1410, 2100 OCC
Wednesday 12/6/2017 1130, 1300, 1410, 2100 CCCC
Thursday 12/7/2017 0630, 1200, 1445, 1600 MCC
Thursday 12/7/2017 1130, 1300, 1410, 2100 CBCC
Wednesday 12/13/2017 1130, 1300, 1410, 2100, 2200 SCCC

Postings going up for Shop Stewards at all DOC facilities

Over the next two weeks, we will be posting for new Shop Stewards on union bulletin boards at all Department of Corrections facilities across the state.

The Shop Steward position involves engaging your co-workers in the union, advocating for them in the workplace, enforcing the contract, maintaining direct communication with the Union Rep, participating in grievance meetings, among many other duties.

The next two-year term for newly-elected Shop Stewards begins on January 1, 2018 and ends on December 31, 2019.

If you are interested in the position, please watch your union bulletin board over the next two weeks, and sign up. If you have questions, talk to your union representative.


Guardian newsletter - Our fall issue for DOC members is now available!

10.2.17_Guardian_Page_1.jpgThe new issue of the Guardian, our union's newsletter for Teamsters who work at the Department of Corrections is now available!

In this issue you'll find:

A CRCC member who writes about joining the union
Michelle's column on our Political Advisory Committee
Highlights from our 2017-2019 contract
Bios of two new Union Reps for DOC members

You can read the Guardian online here. Member leaders and union reps will be distributing print copies out in the facilities over the next two weeks.


Welcome new DOC Union Rep, Fred Rodgers!

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Welcome our new Union Representative for members at the Department of Corrections, Frederick Rodgers.

Fred grew up in Miami Florida and graduated from Southeast Oklahoma State University in 1990 with majors in Sociology and Physical Education. After college he joined the Dallas Police Department where he reached the rank of Senior Corporal and taught defensive tactics. At that time he was part of the Texas Police Officers Association. After 10 years with the Dallas Police Department he pursued a different career and moved to Washington State to become a security director of Go2Net. After leaving Go2Net he managed his own security consulting company Rodgers Ventures LLC.

Fred started working with DOC in 2003 at the Monroe Correctional Complex. He started as a custody officer and worked his way up to a Sergeant with experience working at all the facilities at MCC. In December 2011, he became a classification counselor and upgraded to a supervisory role including a year and a half as Correctional Unit Supervisor at the Washington State Reformatory Unit A/B units.

Fred is assigned to Monroe Correctional Complex. He is looking forward to working with his old colleagues in a new role.

In his spare time, Fred lift weights and plays racquetball. He also follows the success of his 15-year-old son who plays football at Kentwood High School.

Welcome to the family, Fred, we wish you success!


Teamster sharpshooters raise money to fight hunger

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Mark Hackett, Kimberly Braun, Tanesha Van Leuven, and Roger Gale at the Emergency Food Network's Breaking Hunger event.


Teamster members took aim to fight hunger last week at the 5th annual Trap Shooting and Archery Tournament sponsored by Tacoma's Emergency Food Network

The contest, held at the Gig Harbor Sportsmen’s Club on August 11, raised thousands of dollars to help feed hungry families throughout our region.  

"We were doing what we like to do, having fun, and doing it for a really good cause."

"There are a lot of ways to raise money but we were doing what we like to do, having fun, and doing it for a really good cause," said Tanesha Van Leuven, a member who participated in the event.

Van Leuven, who is an officer of ten years at the University of Washington Police Department, talked about the importance of our union giving back to the community.

"It's important to partner with various organizations in the community. Anything we give, donate, or sponsor can help people who need help right now."

Our Local Union’s Executive Board sponsored the team at the $600 level. All proceeds from the event went to benefit the Emergency Food Network.

Thank you to the members from the Teamsters Law Enforcement & Corrections Division and their friends who participated in the tournament.

  • Tanesha Van Leuven, University of Washington Police Dept. 
  • Mark Hackett, University of Washington Police Dept.
  • Roger Gale, City of Pacific Police Dept.
  • Kimberly Braun, Friend 

The Pierce County emergency food system includes 67 food banks providing over 15 million meals annually to over a hundred thousand families in need.  Teamsters Local 117 is a generous supporter of EFN and has participated in a number of volunteer events to benefit the organization.