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Corrections & Law Enforcement


Gearing up for the 2014 Legislative Session

Lobby-Day.jpgThe 2014 legislative session is right around the corner, and we are busy establishing our legislative priorities so that we can hit the ground running.  

Next year's session will start on January 14 and will run for 60 days.  It's a short session, so acting quickly and decisively with lots of member support is key.

Some of the things we will be working on include:


DOC Winter Membership Meetings

Winter-Meetings.jpgThroughout the months of November and December, Local 117 members at our DOC facilities will be gathering across the State for their annual winter membership meetings.

Your Business Representative along with Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement Michelle Woodrow will be on hand to answer your questions. 

View a list of times, dates, and locations, see below: 


Local 117 Files Lawsuit over Lost Wages at DOC

Legal-Department.jpgYour Union’s legal department, with the help of outside counsel, has filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court alleging that the Department of Corrections violated State law by failing to permit Teamster 117 members who work a double shift to exercise their contractual right to forgo unpaid meal periods during their second shift.


DOC Steward Trainings Scheduled for this Winter

Eric-Smith.jpgStarting this November, your Local Union will be facilitating trainings for Shop Stewards at the Department of Corrections at all DOC facilities across the state.

This is an opportunity for DOC Stewards to gain a deeper understanding of the grievance and arbitration process, political action, member mobilization, the elements of just cause, and the scope and history of Teamsters 117.    


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.