Over the last two years, Teamster taxi drivers have worked hard to help create a level playing field for all drivers in our region’s personal transportation industry.
Representatives of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA) successfully negotiated a policy in Seattle that gives taxi drivers a fighting chance to earn a living for themselves and their families.
Good news on statewide Paid Sick Days from the Washington Work and Family Coalition:
The Tacoma City Council passed a Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance on a vote of 8-1 last night. The council approved 3 days of paid sick leave for workers annually. Workers will be able to begin accruing leave effective February 1, 2016.
The final ordinance fell short of the seven to nine days that community members have called for over the past two years. Teamsters and other Union members packed the council chambers and testified en masse with a unified message - 3 days is not enough.
Randy Marquis, a Local 117 Shop Steward at the City of Tacoma, addressed the councilmembers directly:
“When was the last time you were sick? Was three days enough to get well? When was the last time you had a child who was sick? Was three days a year enough to care for that child? This ordinance must be good for at least 7 days a year. Union workers must also be covered in this ordinance. Anything else is lip service, nothing more.”
You can link to the complete hearing, including all public comment here.
In a powerful display of Union solidarity, Teamster parking attendants employed by Impark voted unanimously last Saturday to authorize a strike. Impark operates dozens of parking lots in downtown Seattle.
Today workers passed out leaflets at several Impark parking garages to inform the public about the company's unfair treatment of its workers. Workers also wore buttons in support of six of their co-workers, who were improperly terminated last year.
Impark is accused of committing several violations of federal labor law, including the unlawful terminations.
Impark contracts with the City of Seattle to provide parking for city employees and the public. Workers are asking the public to contact the Mayor's Office at 684-4000 and urge the Mayor to end the dispute.
Impark employees are fed up. Workers don’t want to inconvenience their customers, but Impark is leaving them little choice.
"They're treating us unfairly so we got together," said Joe Castillo, a Shop Steward who has been with the company for three years. "We're a family, a big group, and we're not going to take this abuse. We're standing up for our rights - that's what we're fighting for."
Tacoma is on the verge of passing Paid Sick Leave legislation. This is great news for the 40,000 workers in Tacoma who don't have access to Paid Sick Days.
The problem is that the policy proposed by the Mayor would give Tacoma the weakest Paid Sick Days law in the country. The current policy provides only three days per year and doesn't protect Union workers who are working under a collective bargaining agreement.
Tacoma workers deserve better.
It's Blue Friday and the hardworking Teamsters down at Macy's Logistics in Tukwila are sporting their Seahawks colors!
Check out their style after the flip. Go Hawks!
SuperValu has announced a job fair scheduled for Wednesday, January 14, between 9 A.M and 3 P.M. for its Tacoma distribution center. The event will be held at 1525 East D Street in Tacoma.
The grocery distributor is looking to fill between 160-190 positions, including warehouse workers, drivers, and clerks. These are good, Teamster jobs, with competitive wage rates, family health and welfare coverage, and a pension.
You can also apply online at www.SuperValu.com.
For members working in the print and graphic arts industry, check out our Teamsters of the Graphic Arts newsletter.
Your Business Representative, Brian Earl, will be distributing print copies of the newsletter in the shops over the next few weeks.
It has been nearly 6 months since the membership of former GCC/IBT 767M, who work in the print and graphic arts field, voted to merge with Teamsters Local 117 and the changes are readily apparent.
The greater support has enabled members to ratify contracts at The Seattle Times pressroom, the Department of Enterprise Services - Print and Imaging Division, Capitol City Press, and the Spokesman Review pressroom.
SuperValu, a longtime Teamster shop in the grocery industry, has announced that it will be hiring between 160-190 new employees for warehouse and clerical positions in its Tacoma warehouse.
These are good, Teamsters Local 117 jobs, with a contract that includes competitive wage rates, Teamster health and welfare coverage, and a pension.
Interested members should apply online at SuperValu's website.