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WTWT Members: Help preserve your healthcare benefits!

If you have Teamster healthcare benefits under the Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust (WTWT), you should have received a letter regarding the Trust's Dependent Verification Program.  

The purpose of the program, which kicked off on March 31, 2015, is to preserve your health benefits by making sure that only eligible dependents are covered under WTWT plans.

Please respond quickly to the letter by verifying your dependents' eligibility under the plan.  If you have questions, talk to your Business Representative.

You can view a posting for the program here.


Recommended Agreement Reached with NW Steel and Pipe

Late yesterday afternoon, our Union bargaining committee reached a recommended agreement with Northwest Steel and Pipe that is subject to a vote by the membership.

We will be meeting with the group soon to discuss the proposal.  

Thank you to all of Local 117 members and other supporters who showed their solidarity with the workers.  Your support made all the difference!   


Teamsters at Northwest Steel and Pipe Vote Unanimously to Strike!

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Teamster warehouse workers, operators, and drivers at Northwest Steel and Pipe voted unanimously to strike last night. The strike vote took place Tuesday evening outside the company’s facility in Tacoma.

“Northwest Steel and Pipe is pushing its workers to the brink of a strike by its repeated, unlawful actions,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “Through regressive tactics and failure to bargain, the company is threatening to destroy workers’ livelihoods, eliminate their retirement security, and significantly degrade health care coverage for their families.”


This is What Teamsters Look Like!

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At our annual Shop Steward Seminar this weekend, we launched a new campaign to build and instill greater pride in our great Union.  

It's called What a Teamster Looks Like.  The idea is to feature the amazing and unique work that Local 117 members do every day to build strong, vibrant communities.  It's the work that makes us stand out as Union members and as Teamsters.  

Check out our new website at www.WhatTeamstersLookLike.org.  Be sure to "like" our Facebook page as well.

You can learn about fellow members, read their stories, and nominate one of your co-workers to be a part of the campaign! 

We are strong and proud.  We are Teamsters!  It's not only what we look like - it's who we are!


Uber Drivers Take their Concerns to Olympia

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Dozens of Uber drivers and drivers from other transportation network companies (TNCs) traveled to Olympia today to express their concerns about proposed policies that would limit their voice at work. Drivers also met with legislators to discuss issues such as public safety, driver safety, insurance regulations, working conditions, and low pay.

“Driving for Uber has become a path to poverty,” said Tracey Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117.  “You know something is wrong when you have a company that is valued at $40 billion and its drivers can’t afford to pay the rent or put food on the table for their families.”  


Welcome Adam Hoyt, New Business Rep!

Adam-Hoyt.jpgLet's welcome Adam Hoyt, a new Teamsters Local 117 Business Representative for the parking industry!

Adam brings a wealth of experience to his position at your Local Union. He became a Teamster in 2007 when he went to work at Alan Ritchey. While at Alan Ritchey, Adam was one of the key leaders who helped organize his co-workers and bring the Union to his workplace. He served on the Union organizing committee, made house calls, stood up to his employer, and testified multiple times before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).


House passes Paid Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Bills

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It was a good day in Olympia yesterday as the state House of Representatives passed two bills that would lift working families and build a stronger middle class.  

HB 1356, a bill that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to recover from an illness or take care of a sick child, passed out of the House on a vote of 51-46.

HB 1355, a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $12 per hour over the next four years, also passed 51-46.   


Food Drive: The Peanut Butter is Rolling In!

Peanut-Butter.jpgGreat news!  Just a few short weeks after announcing our annual Union Peanut Butter Drive, we have collected more than 350 jars for hungry kids in Pierce County!

Local 117 President John Scearcy was at Fred Meyer yesterday, taking advantage of Freddie's low prices - just $1.50 for a 16oz jar! He used donations from members and staff to stock up.  

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A handy peanut butter receptacle is now in the middle of the lobby at the Union hall and it's filling up quick!  If you are coming to our membership meeting on March 19, be sure to bring a jar or two to toss into the box.

Remember that all of our donations will benefit hungry children through Pierce County's backpack program. Get your donations in by May 1 and thank you for helping to fight hunger! 


Justice at the Needle!

Space-Needle---Photo.jpgOur friends over at UNITE HERE Local 8 have been in a long struggle for fair wages and working conditions for workers at the Space Needle.  

They need our help to pressure Space Needle management to do right by the workers.  Please read their email below and follow the action steps outlined in the email.  

Thanks for your support!


Pass Paid Sick Days, Minimum Wage, and Anti-Retaliation Protections!

3-Bills---Photo2.jpgPeople who work hard and play by the rules should be able to support their families. This basic principle is the cornerstone of the American Dream that created the middle class. Yet over the past decade, incomes for those at the top have grown exponentially while hard-working families have seen their pay stall and their ability to take care of their family diminished. And too many are simply being denied the wages they've rightfully earned.