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Corrections & Law Enforcement


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.  


LCC Members Lead Fire Crews

Thank you to the brave Teamsters employed at the Larch Corrections Center (LCC) who are risking their lives to fight forest fires currently burning across the State.


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.