We are excited to announce two new Business Representatives for Teamsters at the Department of Corrections. Talisa Boad and Eric Smith started at the Local on January 1 and will assume their representational responsibilities effective January 15.
Talisa will represent members at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC), the Olympic Corrections Center (OCC), and the Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC), while Eric will represent members at the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC).
Talisa became a Teamster in 2009 when she went to work as a Corrections Officer at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW). Prior to her work at the DOC in Washington State, she was an officer at the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Colorado.
Eric brings 19 years of corrections’ experience to the Union. He was hired as a Correctional Officer by the Washington Corrections Center (WCC) in 1996 and he served as a Correctional Sergeant at WCC from 2012-14. Prior to his career at the DOC, Eric worked for six years as a medic in the U.S. Army.
Both Talisa and Eric have strong Union backgrounds. In their capacity as Shop Stewards, they have experience in pre-disciplinary hearings, grievance handling, and creating better communication on the shop floor. Both members have been active in the Union's political activities and both served on the Union’s bargaining committee in contract negotiations last year.
In talking about the Union, Eric said: “By standing up and being united as Teamsters, we can get things done."
Talisa concurred: “I’d like to see more of us get engaged and come together in solidarity so that we can make positive changes at DOC.”
In addition to these jurisdictional changes, Business Representative Mark Manning will be returning to represent members at the Cedar Creek Correctional Center (CCCC). View a complete listing of Business Representatives and their jurisdictions for members of Teamsters 117 working in Law Enforcement and at the Department of Corrections.