Teamsters Local 117 members have been hard at work in Monroe. From pre-demands Steering Committees meetings to lobbying lawmakers in Olympia, MCC Teamsters have been busy in and out of the workplace. Sadly, there was also the recent, unexpected death of a beloved officer at the facility. Check out the latest news from the Monroe Correctional Complex.


Steering Committees Take Off at MCC

With Department of Corrections bargaining just around the corner, a number of active Union members have been meeting at a local hotel to brainstorm issues currently facing corrections staff.


A Day in Olympia: MCC Member Walks in the Shoes of a Lobbyist

When Paul Moore left his Shop Steward role at the Washington State Penitentiary and was promoted into a new position across the state, he vowed not to let his union activism fall by the wayside. “I wanted to continue to make the union a priority,” he said.

We Mourn the Loss of Galen Richardson, our Brother at MCC

With the unexpected passing of Galen Richardson of the Monroe Correctional Complex, we mourn the loss of a highly respected officer who was always looking after his co-workers and always had an encouraging word to share. “He went out of his way to make you feel welcome and part of the team,” said Dave Roberts, an officer at MCC and member of the Union’s Executive Board.

Hearing Held on DOC Recruitment and Retention Issue

The arbitration hearing regarding the Department’s removal of recruitment and retention pay was held on Thursday, March 24 at the Attorney General’s Office in Tacoma, Washington. Teamsters Local 117 General Counsel Spencer Thal presented the Union’s case to Arbitrator Howell Lankford protesting DOC’s decision to eliminate recruitment and retention pay (assignment pay) without analyzing whether the assignment pay was still warranted due to recruitment and retention needs.