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The 117 Wire

Help the Homeless! - Top 10 Items Needed


As our region braces for a severe cold spell, with temperatures expected to plunge into the 20s, homeless families and other residents of Nickelsville are asking members of Teamsters 117 for their help. 

Here are the top ten items homeless families in Nickelsville need.  Your donations are appreciated more than you can imagine.

Holiday Membership Meeting on Dec. 19 - Don't Miss it!

Holiday-Meeting-3.jpgIt's that time of year again when members of Teamsters 117 will be gathering together at their Union hall by the hundreds for solidarity and our annual raffle drawing.  This year's holiday meeting will take place on Thursday, December 19 at 7 P.M.

Dozens of prizes are awarded each year, including iPods, Wiis, power tools, bottles of wine, gift cards and televisions sets. All of the gifts are purchased from companies with whom Local 117 has a bargaining relationship.

You can RSVP for the holiday meeting here.

Secretary-Treasurer's Message

Tracey-A.-Thompson.jpgBrothers and Sisters:

When workers go on strike, it is the ultimate test of union solidarity. Who crosses the line and who is willing to risk their livelihood to stand together with their brothers and sisters makes all the difference.

But you don’t need a picket line to show union solidarity. Solidarity is also about giving back to your community.

Teamsters Stand with Machinists


Teamsters joined hundreds of union members last night at Westlake Park in the heart of downtown Seattle to stand in solidarity with Boeing Machinists who resoundingly rejected a company proposal, which would have converted the workers' pension plan to a 401k, slowed wage progression, and have forced workers to shoulder more of the cost of health care.

Election Success!


After thousands and thousands of phone calls, and hundreds of doors knocked, we’re proud of our work in 2013.

One of our goals this year was to elect Teamsters to local office – local city councils, school boards and mayors.  

Ready, Set, VOTE!

Your-Vote-Counts.jpgIt’s election time, and the stakes are incredibly high. Your vote for candidates who share the values of working families will help build stronger communities for all members of Teamsters 117. 

That’s why it’s so important that you mail in your ballot for the 2013 general election immediately. Here just a few of the candidates and issues that may be on your local ballot: 

Thompson Recognized for Outstanding Leadership


On October 16, the community organization Puget Sound Sage hosted its 1st Annual Union Leadership Award Dinner. The event took place in downtown Seattle and brought together labor leaders from all across the region.

At the event, Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117, was recognized for her outstanding leadership on behalf of working families in Washington State. 

Teamster Talk #26 - The Fight for Good Jobs

View the new issue of Teamster Talk here!

10.3.13_Darigod.jpgAcross the country, working people are ramping up the fight to create and preserve good jobs.  

After watching their wages stagnate or decline for decades now, workers are starting to turn up the heat on a small handful of corporate cronies who are trying to destroy the middle class.

Secretary-Treasurer's Message

Tracey-A.-Thompson.jpgBrothers and Sisters -

As Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117, I am repeatedly overwhelmed by the solidarity and fortitude of our members, who fight every day against tremendous odds for dignity and respect at work.   

I’m thinking of our members at Davis Wire who stood up to a heartless employer during a 3-month strike, or members at the Department of Corrections who fought for safer working conditions after the tragic murder of one of their own, or members at UNFI who braved the winter rains to stand in solidarity with 72 of their brothers and sisters who were unlawfully permanently replaced by the company late last year.  

Tracey Thompson and the Executive Board will Lead Teamsters 117

On Thursday, September 19, your Local Union held its nominations meeting in a packed Union hall in Tukwila for all Teamsters 117 Executive Board positions for the coming three-year term.

At the meeting, Tracey A. Thompson, Local 117’s current Secretary-Treasurer, along with the entire Executive Board, were nominated, without opposition, to continue to lead the Union.  Since there were no other nominations at the meeting, an election is not necessary.