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Corrections & Law Enforcement


Long-term employee wins back pay in DOC arbitration win

Legal-Department.jpgIt happens faster than you think:  You come to work one day and realize you’ve got a target on your back.  Even good, long-term employees with stellar performance reviews aren't immune. 

Maybe you’ve got a new manager who wants to “shake things up” a bit, or your boss suddenly decides he wants to crack down on union supporters.  Or maybe you’re facing turbulence in your personal life – a major illness or divorce – that is making it difficult to concentrate on the job.  


Who said phone banking for your favorite Teamster candidates isn't fun?

Phone banking gets a bum rap, often for good reason. The term conjures up images of stressed telemarketers squeezed into cubicles selling Aruba timeshares to unsuspecting retirees.

But phone banking can actually be a lot of fun, especially when you’re a Teamster. After all, it’s not every day that you get to hang out in the back of a semi, munching on pizza with a couple of decorated veterans, talking to voters about how Teamster-endorsed candidates can bring positive change to their communities.


DOC Shop Steward Elections

In line with the 2013-2015 contract cycle, Shop Steward elections will be taking place in the month of October at DOC facilities across the State.

If you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward, please check your Union bulletin board for more information or talk to your Business Representative.

Please be advised that deadlines for signing up may vary depending on facility.


Coalition of Unions Reaches Health Care Agreement with State

We have some good news to report out of Olympia.  Teamsters 117, along with a coalition of state-employee unions, has reached a tentative agreement over your health care coverage.  


TAKE ACTION: DEFEND HEALTH CARE FOR TEAMSTERS AT DOC!

Last year, Teamsters 117, working together with a coalition of state-employee unions, was unable to reach an agreement with the State over health care for the 2013-2015 biennium. 

The coalition proposed maintaining the status quo on premium share and other elements of the plan, but the State refused to agree. 

Now, the coalition has resumed health care bargaining with the State, and the State is dragging its heels again


Sultan City Teamster is Off and Running

Ken-Marshall.jpgKen Marshall, a Local 117 member at the Monroe Correctional Complex, grew up just outside of Monroe, in the City of Sultan, and has lived there his entire life.

As a young man, Ken cared about his hometown so much that he decided he would run for political office there one day.  Two decades later, that is exactly what he is planning to do, as he vies to retain his current spot on the Sultan City Council.


If you Care about your Job....Register to Vote!

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.    


BFOQ Case Heads to the 9th Circuit

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.  


DOC Says it All Over Again: Uniforms Are on the Way

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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.


117 Members Shooting Down Hunger

Local-117-Breaking-Hunger.jpgMembers of Teamsters Local 117 were out at the Gig Harbor Sportsmen’s Club last Friday, sharpshooting for a cause.

It was all part of the Breaking Hunger fundraising event to benefit Pierce County’s Emergency Food Network and thousands of hungry families in our region.