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Corrections & Law Enforcement


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.  


Guardian Newsletter: Respect for DOC Teamsters

Respect-for-DOC-Teamsters_.jpgThe new issue of the Guardian, the newsletter for Teamsters at the Department of Corrections is now available!

This issue contains an update on uniforms, information about upcoming quarterly membership meetings, and news about statewide bargaining with the Department.


Teamster Talk #25: Honoring Law Enforcement

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The new issue of Teamster Talk, the newsletter for members of Teamsters Local 117, is now available!  

This issue contains an article on the recent arbitration win at the Monroe Correctional Complex, a look at Local 117 members' trip to National Police Week in Washington D.C., a progress report on the new Local 117 website, and a recap of this summer's Local 117 Car and Bike Show.

Check out a PDF of Teamster talk here.  For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.


Arbitrator Orders DOC to Reinstate Four Monroe Correctional Employees

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(Tukwila, WA) – An arbitrator has issued a stinging rebuke to the Department of Corrections (DOC) in a ruling that favors four correctional employees at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC), who were disciplined by the DOC after Byron Scherf’s murder of Officer Jayme Biendl in the prison chapel on January 29, 2011.


Members Attend National Police Week in Washington D.C.

“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.” – Vivian Eney Cross, Survivor

Two Local 117 Police Officers, Roger Gale of the City of Pacific and Willie Bergin from the University of Washington, attended National Police Week in Washington D.C. from May 12-18. The two Shop Stewards were accompanied at the event by Michelle Woodrow, Local 117’s Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement.


Legislators Arrive at a Deal on the Budget; Shutdown Averted, $3.5 Million to DOC

Governor Inslee announced on Thursday, June 27 that the State Legislature had arrived at a deal on the operating budget for the next biennium. The agreement includes increased funding to the DOC by $3.5 million.