Legislative-Agendajpg.jpgThe 2015 legislative session begins on January 12 and will run for 105 days.  Among our legislative priorities, we will be fighting to ensure that our DOC contract gets funded. 

Teamsters 117 employs a full-time Lobbyist, Brenda Wiest, who will be on the ground every day in Olympia working to protect the rights of Local 117 members and their families. 

Brenda works closely with Political Action Coordinator Dustin Lambro, who is organizing opportunities throughout session for members to speak directly with their legislators about critical issues.  


  • Funding the DOC contract - interest arbitration award 
  • Passing a PSERS bill for DOC health care employees
  • Ensuring that funds are allocated to meet the growing prison population, which helps keep DOC staff safe
  • Fighting efforts to move offenders out-of-state
  • Passing a bill that would permit taxicab operators the right to opt into the State's L&I program
  • Ensure a level playing field with regard to for-hire drivers (regulations/insurance)
  • Passing statewide Paid Sick Days legislation
  • Passing a Transportation Revenue Package
  • Preserving our Workers’ Comp System

In addition, we will be:

  • Opposing all attacks on prevailing wage law
  • Supporting efforts to raise the minimum wage
  • Opposing all attacks on the state’s pension system
  • Supporting Family and Medical Leave Insurance
  • Fighting to stop predatory lending practices
  • Fighting to stop wage theft
  • Passing a paycheck fairness act

View a more comprehensive look at our legislative priorities.


Throughout legislative session, we provide regular updates on bills we are tracking, testimony from legislative hearings, and our lobbying efforts.  Get the latest news in our Teamsters 117 Report from Olympia.