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The fight for $15 moves to Tacoma

Your Local Union is getting behind a new initiate to win a $15 minimum wage for workers in the city of Tacoma. 

Local 117 Legislative Affairs Coordinator Brenda Wiest was named to a 15-person Task Force assigned with putting forth a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Tacoma.

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland assembled the group as more and more Tacoma residents are demanding an end to poverty wages.


Congrats, Local 117 Alfieri Scholarship Winners!

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Jeff Alfieri Scholarship!

The winners were announced by Secretary-Treasurer John Scearcy at our quarterly membership meeting on June 18.  All of the winners will receive $2,500 to attend an accredited college, university, or trade school of their choice.  

Applicants to the Local 117 Jeff Alfieri Scholarship must be the son or daughter of an active member in good standing of Teamsters 117 or the son or daughter of an active member in good standing who passed away.

The founders of the scholarship fund, Ralph and Sue Alfieri, established the scholarship in memory of their son Jeff Alfieri, a former Business Representative with Teamsters Local 117.

The Jeff Alfieri Scholarship winners for 2015 are:

  • Irene Puevas Porcincula (father Joseph Porcincula - SCS Refrigerated Services)
  • Michael Jeffrey Shea (father Jeffrey Shea - US Foods) 
  • Tudi Truong Le (mother Phuong Truong - King County) 

Congrats, everyone!


Teamsters 3rd Annual Car & Bike Show a Blast!

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Classic car, hot rod, and bike aficionados gathered outside their union hall on Saturday for our 3rd annual Teamsters Car & Bike Show.  

With over 70 entries (double from last year), the event was a big success! 

Check out Photos from the event here!

Thanks to our Comite Latino Caucus for grilling up savory tacos and to our Pacific Northwest Black Caucus for their delicious burgers, dogs, and ribs.  

In the end, we raised over $3,000 for our Local 117 Solidarity Scholarship that helps Local 117 Teamsters further their education.


Teamsters Protest Sysco in Michigan

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We wanted to keep you up-to-date on the latest news regarding our Teamster brothers and sisters working in the food service industry.  

On Tuesday, the IBT issued a news release that describes a Teamster protest of Sysco outside the Michigan Restaurant Association's Capitol Day in Lansing, MI.  Sysco is accused of committing multiple violations of federal labor law in a union election in Grand Rapids.  


Congrats, Al Hall, Teamster at Coke!

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Congrats to Al Hall, a 23-year member at Coke (and previously Davis Wire) on his retirement!  

On a routine site visit, Business Rep Thomas Wray, encountered the scene above and invited Al and his wife to our upcoming quarterly membership meeting on June 18.  

Al said he plans to attend!  Congrats again, Al, and enjoy a long, healthy Teamster retirement!


Local 117's Brenda Wiest Named to Tacoma Minimum Wage Taskforce

Leg_Affairs_Brenda-Wiest.jpgTeamsters Local 117's Legislative Affairs Coordinator Brenda Wiest was named to a 15-person task force assigned with putting forth a proposal to raise the minimum wage in the city of Tacoma. 

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland put together the group as more and more Tacoma residents are demanding an end to poverty wages. 

Brenda is a powerful voice in the labor community in our state, and especially in the city of Tacoma. 


Your massive peanut butter donation to the Emergency Food Network!

peanut-butter---Photo.jpgToday we dropped off an incredible 1406 jars of peanut butter to the Pierce County Central Labor Council.

Our donations will go to benefit hungry kids in Pierce County as a part of the Emergency Food Network's Backpack Program, an initiative that allows kids who don't have access to food over the weekend to prepare healthy meals for themselves.

Congratulations to all members of Local 117!  And special thanks to the hundreds of members who donated a jar(s) of peanut butter to help end hunger.  


Taxis, app-drivers win in Olympia; Governor signs 5550

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In a big win for taxi and other app-based drivers, Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 5550 into law yesterday.  

SB 5550 gives drivers the choice of whether or not to participate in the state's L&I program.  The new law also protects the right of drivers to be heard by their city and county governments.  

The passage of 5550 was made possible through the collective action of dozens of drivers who participated in lobbying actions and who emailed and called their representatives.  

This is great news for all drivers!


Fast track is the wrong track; call you Senator today

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Have you heard about Fast Track?

It’s federal legislation that could harm our economy and lead to a loss of Teamster jobs.

Today the U.S. Senate will be taking an important vote on Fast Track, and we need to let our Senators know where we stand.

Fast Track would require Congress to take a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).


App-based drivers expand association, demand fairness and respect

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Limousine and app-based drivers packed the Teamsters Union hall on Sunday to demand fairness and a level playing field in Seattle’s personal transportation industry.

The event comes just under a year after the founding of the App-Based Drivers’ Association last May.

“We need an association so we can have a voice, unity, and respect,” said Hussein Farah, as he addressed limousine drivers and other app-based drivers from Uber, Uber X, Lyft, and Sidecar. “This unity for the association helps us protect our rights.”