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Private Sector


Teamster Women Leading the Way

In September, Teamsters Local 117 sent twelve members and staff to Chicago for the 2014 Teamsters Women’s Conference.  Through speakers and workshops, the conference “showcased the impact unions have on women and the importance of women leaders,” explained Teamsters 117 Legislative Affairs Coordinator, Brenda Wiest.  


Critical Paid Sick Days Hearing - Dec. 9

If you live in the City of Tacoma, we have good news! Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has announced she will introduce a paid sick leave bill this Tuesday. 

What’s not good is that she negotiated provisions with corporate interests rather than focusing on protecting family and public health. The people of Tacoma need our help now to win a strong paid sick and safe leave law. 


Tacoma Teamsters chase down suspected burglars

Bad guys, beware! Two Tacoma Teamsters are being hailed by police for their role in apprehending two suspected burglars.

The brothers who work at the Fred Meyer distribution center in Puyallup chased down the suspects after a neighbor spotted the burglars carrying electronics out of her home.  

Check out the story published by KIRO tv:


Bring Toys to the Holiday Meeting!

This year’s holiday membership meeting on December 18 will be more important than ever!  Why?  Because of this year’s Toy Drive!  

We are asking every member to please bring an unwrapped toy, gift card or cash donation to help out a Local 117 family this holiday season.  


Aramark Negotiations Get Underway

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Negotiations with Aramark kicked off yesterday at the Teamsters hall in Tukwila.  Your Union team presented the company with a complete proposal, and we are expecting an initial response today.  Bargaining is tentatively scheduled for the entire week. 


BREAKING: Workers at ICS vote to join Teamsters!

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This just in: Workers at Industrial Container Services (ICS) have voted to join Teamsters Local 117!  The vote took place this afternoon at the company's facility in Seattle.  

The victory will bring 38 new members into the Union.  Workers at ICS showed tremendous grit, determination, and solidarity throughout the organizing campaign.  The next step will be to win a strong Teamsters contract!

According to the company website, ICS is the "is the largest provider of reusable container solutions in the United States."


Taxi association lawsuit names two insurance brokers

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The Western Washington Taxi Cab Operator’s Association (WWTCOA) is seeking monetary damages for unlawful actions committed by two insurance brokers.

The complaint, filed in King County Superior Court on Monday, alleges that representatives of Key Insurance and Top Notch Solutions stifled competition, artificially inflated prices, coerced members, and engaged in deceptive practices in an effort to maintain their domination over the insurance industry for taxis.


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Members speak out at Paid Sick Days hearing

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Local 117 members spoke out last night at a public hearing at Tacoma City Hall in support of a fair paid sick day’s measure for workers in Tacoma.  Teamsters in the steel and grocery industries testified as well as members in the public sector and at the Washington State Nurses Association.

Alfredo Espino, a twenty-year Teamster and Trustee on the Local 117 Executive Board, addressed the City Council backed by a group of his co-workers holding signs that read: “Tacoma needs paid sick days!”


Workers at Mutual Materials win a voice with Teamsters 117!

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Congratulations! to our new members at Mutual Materials who voted unanimously on Friday to join our Local Union. The final vote tally was 28-0!

Let's welcome our new Sisters and Brothers and continue to support them as they fight to win their first contract with Teamsters Local 117.