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A Message from Michelle Woodrow: A busy time for DOC Teamsters

Michelle Woodrow

Brothers and Sisters -

I hope your 2020 is off to a great start! For our Union, there's a lot going on, and I wanted to make sure you're up to speed.

As you may know, this is a contract negotiations year for DOC Teamsters. In May, we'll begin negotiations over your 2021-2023 collective bargaining agreement. 

To prepare for negotiations, we'll be sending out Contract Surveys to all DOC employees who are members of Teamsters 117 soon. 

We will also be holding Contract Proposal Meetings starting in March. You can find a complete list of the meeting dates, times, and locations for your facility here.

The surveys and the meetings are opportunities for you to provide feedback so that your Union Negotiations Committee can head to the bargaining table armed with meaningful proposals based on member priorities.

Contract proposal meetings for DOC - CANCELED!



In preparation for contract negotiations with the Department of Corrections, we will be holding Contract Proposal Meetings at facilities across the state. Your feedback will help our Union Negotiations Committee develop meaningful proposals for negotiations. Please attend one of the meetings listed below! For information about location and to RSVP, click on the link for your facility.

AHCC Wednesday March 25 0620, 1130, 1300, 1420, 1600
CBCC Wednesday March 18 1130, 1300, 1400, 2100  
CCCC Thursday March 9 0620, 1100, 1300, 1420, 1530
CI HQ Wednesday April 8 0530, 0630
CRCC Thursday April 2 0620, 1130, 1300, 1420, 1600, 1830
DOC HQ Tuesday March 17 1030, 1215
LCC Tuesday April 14 0620, 1100, 1300, 1420, 1530
Maple Lane Pharmacy Thursday March 12 1100, 1200
MCC Thursday March 26 0630, 0915, 1130, 1430, 1630
MCCCW Friday April 17 1130, 1300, 1400, 2100 
MICC Monday March 16 1030
OCC Tuesday March 17 1130, 1300, 1400, 2100 
SCCC Tuesday April 7 1130, 1300, 1415, 1630, 2100
SWRBO Tuesday March 10 1100
WCC Thursday April 9 0620, 1100, 1300, 1420, 1530
WCCW Monday April 13 0620, 1130, 1300, 1400, 1500
WSP Tuesday March 31 0630, 0915, 1100, 1300, 1430, 1630


Union files statewide grievance to protest inadequate staffing levels at DOC


Our Union has filed a grievance with the State to protest inadequate and unsafe staffing levels for all Teamsters at the Department of Corrections.

The grievance is based on findings from an independent review of the DOC staffing model conducted by CGL Companies. You can view the grievance here.

CGL Companies produced a report titled Washington Department of Corrections Prison Staffing Model Review that was published in June of 2019.

CGL's audit revealed that the Department is significantly understaffed in several areas. The report concluded, for example, that an additional 250 custody staff are required above levels funded and that there are severe shortages in a number of non-custody areas as well.

You can view CGL's complete report here.

To resolve the grievance we are demanding that the State implement suggestions contained in the report among a number of other remedies. 

We will keep you updated on the status of this grievance as we work our way through the grievance and arbitration process as outlined in our collective bargaining agreement.

If you have questions, please talk to your Union Representative.

Another win! PERC orders UW to cover paid family leave premium for officers


Officer and Shop Steward Mark Hackett has worked on campus for over twelve years.

The Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) has ruled in favor of our Union in an Unfair Labor Practice case with the University of Washington involving paid family leave for UW police. 

During negotiations, the employer signed off on a tentative contract agreement that included a proposal to cover the complete paid family leave premium for Teamsters at the UW Police Department (UWPD). On the day of the contract ratification vote, the employer tried to renege on the proposal.

Our Union filed an Unfair Labor Practice arguing that the employer must uphold its end of the negotiated agreement. The case went to hearing in June, and we received the PERC examiner's decision this week.

In its order, PERC ruled that the employer had breached its "good faith bargaining obligations by refusing to honor agreements reached in bargaining." 

PERC is ordering the employer to cover the paid family leave premium for UWPD union members or "make an equivalent payment to bargaining unit employees." Employees will also be made whole for any premium contributions deducted from their pay that contradict the paid family leave article.

"It really shows how important it is having Teamsters as our union."

"It was important to keep them accountable because they were trying to go back on their word," said Officer Mike Miskell, in reacting to the PERC ruling. "Everybody at the UWPD really appreciates the hard work. Also with getting interest arbitration, it really shows how important it is having Teamsters as our union."

"Our members at the UWPD and across our union honor the terms and conditions of their contracts, and we expect employers to do the same," said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117. "When an employer makes a commitment in negotiations, we will hold them accountable. This is an important victory for all Teamsters, and a testament to the outstanding work of our Union's legal team."

You can read the PERC examiner's complete ruling and order here.

DOC custody staff vote to expand uniform options


The results of the recent vote are in regarding Article 36 – Uniforms, Tool, and Equipment for DOC custody staff who are members of Teamsters 117. The vote involved whether to modify Article 36 to grant custody members the ability to wear polo shirts as a DOC uniform option. 

The vote results are as follows:

  • 1280 - Yes (I Accept)
  • 73 - No (I Reject)

With this vote, custody members will now be able to wear polo shirts as a uniform option. As with other uniform options, polo shirts will be provided by the Department at no cost to custody staff. Under the agreement, members will retain the option to wear BDU-style shirts.

This concludes a long process of negotiations over the issue with the Department. Thank you to all of the members and staff on our DOC Uniform Committee who helped negotiated the agreement.

If you have questions, please contact your Union Representative or one of the members on the Uniform Committee:

  • Elizabeth Beaber, WCCW
  • Stephen Bolinger, CRCC
  • Lloyd Bookter, CBCC
  • Reginald Braswell, CCCC
  • Edwin Gonzalez, MCC
  • Angela Henneman, SCCC
  • Corey Schmidt, WSP
  • Gordon Sprague, MCCCW
  • Jami Todd, CRCC
  • Douglas Vincent, WCC

DOC Holiday Meetings 2019


Join us for our 2019 Holiday Membership Meetings to discuss and sign up for Teamsters Lobby Day in February.

View the days, times, and facilities for our union holiday meetings below. To RSVP, click on your facility below.

AHCC Thursday November 21 0600, 0700, 1100, 1230, 1330, 1600
CBCC Thursday November 21 0530, 1130, 1300, 1410, 2100
CCCC Wednesday November 13 1100, 1300, 1420, 2100
CI HQ Friday December 13 0700, 1400
CRCC Tuesday November 19 0530, 0630, 0715, 1100, 1230, 1330, 1600
DOC HQ Wednesday December 11 0900-1300
LCC Thursday November 14 1100, 1300, 1420, 2100
Maple Lane Pharmacy Wednesday December 9 1100, 1200
MCC Tuesday December 17 0630, 0915, 1130, 1430, 1630
MCCCW Monday December 9 1130, 1300, 1410, 2100
MICC Wednesday November 20 1030
OCC Wednesday November 20 1130, 1300, 1410, 2200
SCCC Monday December 16 1130, 1300, 1415, 1630, 2100
SWRBO Wednesday December 18 1200
WCC Monday December 16 1100, 1300, 1420, 2100
WCCW Tuesday December 10 0620, 1130, 1300,1410, 1500
WSP Wednesday November 13 0530, 0630, 0715, 1130, 1300, 1430, 1630


DOC Custody Staff: Vote to expand DOC uniform options!



After long, challenging negotiations, our union's uniform committee, consisting of union staff and rank-and-file members from DOC facilities across the state, has bargained a tentative agreement to expand available options with respect to your DOC uniforms.

If approved by Teamsters 117 members who are custody staff, the negotiated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) would grant those members the ability to wear polo shirts as a DOC uniform option. Polo shirts, as with other uniform options, would be provided by the Department at no cost to custody staff. Under the agreement, members would retain the option to wear BDU-style shirts.


Since this would constitute a change to Article 36, Uniforms, Tools, and Equipment, of our 2019-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement, custody members who are required to wear uniforms at work will have an opportunity to vote on the agreement.

You must be a member of Teamsters 117 in order to vote. If you are not a member and would like to vote on this change, please complete the online membership application here and submit it by September 30.

Voting will take place online and by telephone from September 30, 2019 at 8 a.m. through Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5 p.m. View voting documents and instructions below:

Thank you to the members below who worked incredibly hard to achieve expanded uniform options for custody staff at the DOC. If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to one of the members on the committee or your Union Representative.

  • Elizabeth Beaber, WCCW
  • Stephen Bolinger, CRCC
  • Lloyd Bookter, CBCC
  • Reginald Braswell, CCCC
  • Edwin Gonzalez, MCC
  • Angela Henneman, SCCC
  • Corey Schmidt, WSP
  • Gordon Sprague, MCCCW
  • Jami Todd, CRCC
  • Douglas Vincent, WCC

Thank you for your service. Please stay safe.

Postings going up for DOC Shop Stewards - check your union boards


At the end of September, we will be posting for new Shop Stewards on union bulletin boards at all Department of Corrections facilities across the state.

Our Shop Stewards play an essential role in ensuring that our union is strong and effective.

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

The next two-year term for newly-elected Shop Stewards begins on January 1, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2021.

If you are interested in the position, please watch your union bulletin board for the posting and sign up. If multiple people are interested in a single position at your facility, an advisory vote will be conducted with the membership. If you have questions, please talk to your Union Representative.

The dates that postings will go up and elections will be held, if necessary, are as follows:

AHCC Sept. 30 Oct. 17
CBCC Sept. 30 Oct. 18
CCCC Sept. 30 Oct. 22
CI HQ Sept. 30 Oct. 30
CRCC Sept. 30 Oct. 15
DOC HQ Sept. 30 Oct. 28
LCC Sept. 30 Oct. 25
Maple Lane Pharmacy Sept. 30 Oct. 22
MCC Sept. 30 Oct. 22
MCCCW Sept. 30 Oct. 25
MICC Sept. 30 Oct. 29
OCC Sept. 30 Oct. 17
SCCC Oct. 1 Oct. 21
SWRBO Sept. 30 Oct. 24
WCC Sept. 30 Oct. 21
WCCW Sept. 30 Oct. 21
WSP Sept. 30 Oct. 17


Guardian Newsletter: Teamster Heroes


The fall issue of our DOC Guardian newsletter is hot off the press!

In this issue, you'll find a story about a true Teamster hero, William Flores, who apprehended a runaway inmate from the Olympic Corrections Center near Forks. 

You'll also find articles about the work of our DOC Retirement Committee and news about the independent audit report that identified severe staffing shortages in WA State prisons.

Guardian newsletter - Click Here

Print copies will be distributed at your facility over the next few weeks.

DOC Teamsters: Take the retirement committee survey!

During our last DOC Retirement Committee meeting, members of the committee developed a survey to solicit your feedback about retirement. 

The survey takes just a few minutes to complete and will help the committee make policy recommendations, which is the first step toward improving benefits.

Take the survey now!

Once the results are in, the committee will research what is fiscally and politically feasible and what will have the greatest impact on the membership as a whole.

As this process unfolds, we will continue to keep you updated on the work of the committee.

We are asking that you complete the survey by no later than September 16, 2019. Thank you!