Over 200 Teamsters from the Department of Corrections converged on Olympia yesterday for our 2015 DOC Lobby Day event.  Members from all across the state met with dozens of legislators to talk about the importance of getting our DOC contract funded.

“Legislators need to understand that funding our contract is our most important priority,” said Charles Cline, an officer at Stafford Creek Corrections Center.

Samantha Logan, an officer at Clallam Bay Corrections Center, agreed:

“We came out to fight for what we rightfully deserve. We work 100% of our time with violent felons. We risk our lives every day and never have the guarantee that we get to go home to our families.”

Both Logan and Cline were enthusiastic about the event.

“It was a great experience,” Logan said. “We got some good outcomes. All three legislators we spoke with said that they fully support us. They also thanked us for the work that we do in keeping the community safe, keeping families safe, and keeping them safe. They said they admire the work that we do. It was good to hear that.”

In addition to advocating for a fair DOC contract, members spoke about the need to include DOC medical staff in the PSERS retirement program and to pass a statewide paid sick days bill.

Thank you to all of the members who took time out of their busy lives to attend the event. Your voice makes all the difference!

ACT NOW! For folks who were unable to attend, please take 2 minutes to call the legislative hotline in Olympia at 1-800-562-6000 and urge your legislators to fund our DOC contract!

View photos from the event here!