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Private Sector


More and more workers winning a voice with Teamsters 117!

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What do hundreds of local workers in the parking, warehouse, public sector and cold storage industries have in common?  They are all on the verge of winning their first Union contract with Teamsters Local 117!

Over the last year, workers at Animal Supply, Americold, Impark, Doug Fox, ATZ, and the City of Black Diamond have come together to fight for a voice in the workplace.  Now, after winning their Union elections, the workers are sitting down, face to face with their employers, along with Union staff, to engage in the collective bargaining process.


Teamster Talk #30: It's Our Work - We'll Fight for It!

TeamsterTalk_photo.jpgThe new issue of Teamster Talk, your Union newsletter is now available!  Check out stories about a win at Fred Meyer, our Local's community volunteer work, an interest arbitration award for DOC, and this November's election.

One of our DOC Shop Stewards, Cheryl Steele, has contributed a letter to the editor of the Spokesman Review in defense of labor and Secretary-Treasurer Thompson has a column about changes at our Local to encourage more member involvement.

View a PDF of Teamster Talk or ask your Business Representative for print copies.   


Solidarity Scholarship Awarded to Fred Meyer Teamster

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Congratulations, Cody!  Cody Harris, a 20-year Teamster who works at the Fred Meyer distribution center in Puyallup, was awarded a Local 117 Solidarity Scholarship for continuing education at our September general membership meeting. 


Teamsters at Fred Meyer ratify new 3-year contract

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After three months at the bargaining table and five weeks working without a contract, Teamsters Local 117 warehouse workers, employed at the Fred Meyer distribution center in Puyallup, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new 3-year contract. 

The contract vote took place at the Teamsters Union hall in Tacoma on Saturday, September 27.  The proposal was fully-recommended by the Union bargaining committee.


Casino Fundraiser a Big Success!

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On Saturday night, Teamster members and their families packed their Union hall for a Casino Night fundraiser to help fight cancer.  

The proceeds from the event will go to support the Black Teamsters United caucus and a donation will be made to the Sickle Cell Task Force.  Learn more about their important work at www.MSSCTF.org

Check out photos from Casino Night.


Teamsters 117 Annual Blood Drive!

grandpa.jpgIt is that time of year for our Annual Blood Drive event!  This year it will be held on Saturday, November 15 here at the Union hall in Tukwila (14675 Interurban Ave. S) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

ALL DONORS will receive a $25 Safeway gift card!  So bring your family, co-workers and friends! 

If you plan on attending, be sure to RSVP for this event.


Casino Night this Saturday!

Join your Teamsters Brothers and Sisters this Saturday at the Union Hall for the first-ever Casino Night!  Teamsters Casino Night, hosted by Black Teamsters United, is quickly approaching and tickets are going fast!  Come join the fun!


Tentative Agreement Reached with Fred Meyer Over Grocery Contract

Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a fully-recommended tentative agreement with Fred Meyer over a contract involving 388 warehouse workers employed at the company’s grocery distribution center in Puyallup.  The Union and the Company reached the agreement late Monday night with the assistance of a federal mediator. 


Fred Meyer Teamsters: The IBT Has your Back!

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) has officially sanctioned strike benefits for 388 warehouse workers employed at the Fred Meyer distribution center in Puyallup and an additional 4,318 Teamsters who could become involved in connection with a potential work stoppage at the facility. Fred Meyer is a subsidiary of Kroger, Inc., a $100 billion company and the second-largest grocery retailer in the country. 


Taxi Association Saves Teamster drivers Hundreds in Insurance Fees

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For the last two years, the Western Washington Taxi Cab Association (WWTCOA) has been working tirelessly to find reliable and affordable insurance for Teamster taxi drivers.

Taxi drivers have been forced to pay premium rates because of inflated prices and a monopoly of the market by a just a few providers.