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Marci Solomon, Teamster electrician, wins tradeswoman of the year

Teamster electrician Marci Solomon oversees the electrical work at the Tacoma Dome.


Marci Solomon is a force of nature. Within moments of my meeting her at the Tacoma Dome this morning, she’s launched into stories about cross-country road trips on her Harley, rescuing bulldogs, and navigating the machismo she confronts as a woman working in a male-dominated trade.

Marci is a lead Teamster electrician and has run the show at the Dome for the last ten years. She inspects transformers and circuits, scampers across rigging 85 feet in the air, and illuminates the big acts that come to town from Garth Brooks to AC/DC.

“I’m responsible for every light in this building,” she says.

Last month Marci was recognized by her peers as Tradeswoman of the Year at an awards ceremony put on by Washington Women in the Trades. She was ecstatic when nominated for the award by a co-worker and even more pumped when she found out she’d won.

“I could have lit up the city,” she said. “It was as if every amperage and voltage in my body was off the charts.”

"It was as if every amperage and voltage in my body was off the charts."

Life in the trades as a woman can be a bit of a challenge. Both the building trades and the music business are swimming in testosterone. When event promoters come into town and learn that the only electrician at the Dome is a woman, many are chauvinistically skeptical.

“A lot of times they roll their eyes,” she explains. “But later, they’ll come back and say, Marci was great. I think they feel guilty because they dissed me in the beginning.”

Marci is a proud, faithful dues-paying member of not one, but two unions - Teamsters 117 and IBEW 76. When the Janus court ruling came down mandating open shop in the public sector, Marci was quick to make the rounds speaking with her co-workers about the need to stick with the union. She helped her union rep, Julie Yust, get 100% of the Teamsters at the Dome signed up on commitment cards.

“Unions equalize things out,” Marci says. “It doesn’t matter what gender or race you are, you get the same pay, the same benefits. The union is there for its members.” Marci appreciates the work of her rep, but also believes members need to do their part to keep the union strong.

Her mantra is all about union pride: “You’re in a union - act proud, work proud, be proud.”

Congratulations, Marci, on your much-deserved recognition as Tradeswoman of the Year and thank you for your exemplary service as a member of this union.

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King County Total Comp Vote 2018 - Voting Documents

Our Union will be holding contract vote meetings at locations across King County for members of Teamsters Local 117 starting on December 3 and running through December 19, 2018. 

At the meetings, you will have an opportunity to vote on a labor agreement ("total comp" agreement) that covers your compensation and benefits for 2019-2020. Our Coalition of Unions recommends that you vote “yes” to approve the proposal.

Some bargaining units will also be voting on individual unit appendix agreements in addition to the total comp agreement. 

You can access a schedule for all of the voting dates, times, and locations here.

To prepare for the vote, please review the Total Comp documents and your bargaining unit's appendix agreement below. Thank you for service to the residents of King County. Please exercise your right to vote!

Total Comp Agreement

DOT Design and Construction Supervisors

IT Managers and Supervisors

Joint Units Agreement

Printers and Copiers

PT&A Safety Health and Professional Certified  

Security Screeners

WWT PT&A

WWT Supervisers

WWT Managers

 

 

 


King County Total Comp Contract Vote - Voting Times, Locations here

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In December, we will be conducting contract ratification meetings for all Teamsters who work at King County.

At the meetings, you will have an opportunity to vote on an agreement that covers your compensation, health care, and compensable benefits for 2019-2020. The agreement was negotiated between the County and our King County Coalition of Unions. 

This “total comp” proposal includes a 4% general wage increase for 2019 and a total of 3% general wage increase for 2020 plus a $500 bonus offered to Coalition Union members only. Our Union Coalition recommends that you vote "yes" to approve the proposal.

Some bargaining units will also be voting on individual unit appendix agreements in addition to the total comp agreement.

To prepare for the vote, please review voting documents available here.

To vote, you must attend one of the drop-in ratification meetings below. If you have any questions, please contract your union representative or shop steward. 

BARGAINING UNIT/CBA DATE TIME LOCATION
Dept. of Public Defense - Supervisors Mon, 12/3/18 12:00pm-1:00pm Dexter Horton Building - Conference Rm 1005
All units - all member vote Tues, 12/4/18 12:30pm-4:00pm King Street Ctr, Rm 2A/2B
Brightwater Treatment Plant Wed, 12/5/18 12pm-1:00pm 22505 WA-9, Woodinville - Cuthroat Mtg Rm
Dept. of Public Defense - Supervisors Wed, 12/5/18 12pm-1:00pm 420 W Harrison St. Ste. 201, Kent, Large Conference Rm
PAO & Security Screeners Fri., 12/7/18  9am-11pm Regional Justice Center, PAO, Conf. Rm A/B
Airport Maintenance Fri., 12/7/18  11:30-12:30pm Maintenance Facility Breakroom
Airport Admin Fri., 12/7/18  12:00-12:30pm International Airport Rm 201
All units - all member vote Sat, 12/8/18  9am-11am Teamsters Local 117 - 14675 Interurban Ave. S. Tukwila
All units - all member vote Mon, 12/10/18  2:30pm-5pm King Co. Chinook, Rm 121
Chemical Dependency Screeners Mon, 12/10/18  7:30am-8:30am Schilling Sobering Ctr - Breakroom
JUA - Fall City Tues, 12/11/18 6am-7am Fall City Rds Maintenance Shop
Chemical Dependency Screeners Tues, 12/11/18  4:30pm-6:30pm Schilling Sobering Ctr - Breakroom
Cedar Hills Regional Landfill Tues, 12/11/18 8am-10:00am  Cedar Hills - Conference Room C
Legislative Analysts Tues, 12/11/18 1:30pm-3:30pm  KCCH, Southwest conf. Rm
All units - all member vote Wed, 12/12/18 3pm-5pm King Street Center, Rm 3D-3E
JUA - Black Diamond Wed, 12/12/18 6am-7am Black Diamond Rds Maintenance Shop 
JUA - Cadman Thurs, 12/13/18 6am-7am Cadman Rds Maintenance Crew Room, Redmond
All units - all member vote Thurs, 12/13/18 8:30am-10am King Co. Chinook, Rm 121
All units - all member vote Thurs, 12/13/18  11am-3pm  King Co. Courthouse, Rm W764
JUA - Renton Roads Wed, 12/14/18 3:30pm-5pm J Building Conference Rm
Renton South Treatment Plants Fri 12/14/18 9:30-11am 1200 Monster Road, Renton - Duwamish Cfr Rm
Elections Fri 12/14/18 12:30-2pm 919 SW Grady Way, Renton - Alvine Room
All units - all member vote Mon 12/17/18 8:30am-11am King Co. Chinook, Rm 121
West Point Treatment Plant Mon 12/17/18  12pm-1pm  1400 Discovery Park, Seattle - Rainier Room
All units - all member vote Tues 12/18/18 3:30-5pm King Co. Chinook, Rm 121
PAO & Security Screeners Wed. 12/19/18 12:30-2pm YRC, 1211 E Alder St, Seattle - 5th Floor Conference Rm

 


King County slow to move, total comp vote delayed

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Members of Teamsters 117 on our King County Coalition of Unions negotiations team.


You may recall that our Coalition of Unions reached a tentative agreement back in August over compensation for King County Teamsters for the coming two years.

This “total comp” proposal includes a 4% general wage increase for 2019 and a total of 3% general wage increase for 2020 plus a $500 bonus offered to Coalition Union members only.

Our Union Coalition fully recommends that you vote to approve the proposal.

Unfortunately, our ability as Coalition members to vote on the agreement continues to be delayed. The delay comes as a result of the County failing to agree to acceptable terms on critical issues facing a few of our labor partners in our Coalition.

Those partners have been mired in challenging negotiations with the County for several months and have yet to reach resolution over their appendix agreements to the total comp proposal.

Solidarity is essential and our strength as a Coalition and our commitment to each other comes by standing together with our Sisters and Brothers in their efforts to successfully complete their unit-specific negotiations.

We are urging the County to resolve any outstanding issues with our partners immediately so that we can move forward with the vote. If delays continue, we should all be prepared to engage in solidarity actions to support our Coalition partners and pressure the County to negotiate a fair contract for all.

We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops.


Blood Drive this Saturday! Come give blood, help save lives

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For over 20 years, members of Teamsters Local 117 have been donating blood as a part of our annual blood drive. By giving blood, we've helped save lives! 

This year the Blood Drive will be held on Saturday, November 17 at the Union hall in Tukwila from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ALL DONORS will receive a $25 Safeway gift card.

If you don’t live in the area, you can still participate!  

Any donations made between November 8 and November 22 will be rewarded with a $25 Safeway gift card as well (just mail in the proof of donation to the Union Hall).

Come give the gift of life!


Teamsters at the City of Tacoma flex their muscle

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Teamsters who work at the City of Tacoma showed up in force at City Hall last night to stand for fair pay, equity, and respect.

Members testified to the fact that the City’s revenues are healthy & Teamsters are doing high quality work that serves the community and supports local families.

City of Tacoma, let's honor our public servants!


New round of negotiations set to kick off at the City of Seattle

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Members of our Coalition of Unions at the City of Seattle line up in council chambers in a show of unity for coalition members. 


Our coalition of unions for the City of Seattle met at Seattle City Hall on Thursday to begin the process of negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement for 2019-2021 for Local 117 members covered under our Joint Crafts Council agreement.

In this preliminary meeting, we established ground rules and set precedents on how to organize the negotiations. The day was also marked by a solidarity action in support of a number of unions in the coalition. Our negotiations team unanimously elected to use caucus time to fill council chambers as a show of unity.

We expect to begin exchanging proposals with the City in our first official bargaining session on October 3. Negotiations are scheduled to be held every other Wednesday thereafter.

Ultimately our goal in these negotiations is to make improvements to the contract that will impact the largest number of coalition members on the highest priority items that were identified in contract surveys and at demands meetings.

Teamsters Local 117 is one of approximately twenty unions in the Coalition. Representing you at the bargaining table will be Local 117 Union Representatives Taylor House and Pat Silvernale together with Shop Stewards Monica Haugen of Seattle Parks and Recreation and Kyle Christianson of Seattle City Light.

We will have additional updates for you as negotiations progress. Please check your email and if you have questions, talk to your Shop Steward or Union Representative.


State employee health care agreement - VOTE YES!

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Our Coalition of Unions has achieved a tentative agreement with the State on your health care benefits for the 2019-2021 biennium.

The agreement maintains the status quo on your premium share from the previous biennium. Your employer will continue to contribute 85% of the total weighted average of the premium, while members will contribute 15%. The agreement also provides some relief for those making less than $50,004 per year in the form of a flexible spending account (FSA) paid for by the employer. You can view the details here.

Our Coalition of State Employee Unions recommends that you vote yes. You can vote online here. 

We will be conducting a vote by Internet/Telephone for all state employee bargaining units covered under the agreement. Voting is being conducted two ways:  (1) by telephone or (2) through the internet.  You may only vote by one (1) method. The telephonic and online internet polls open at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, and close at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 28, 2018.

To Vote By Phone:      

  1. Dial:  1-888-349-7030
  2. Enter your PIN (Department of Corrections members use your Employee ID Number, for all other members use your Teamsters 117 member ID Number).

To Vote By Internet:    

  1. Go to:  www.electionadmin.com/1111802.aspx
  2. Enter your PIN (Department of Corrections members use your Employee ID Number, for all other members use your Teamsters 117 member ID Number).

If you cannot find your Department of Corrections Employee ID number or Teamsters 117 member ID Number, please contact the office at 1-888-872-3489 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Only active members have the right to vote.  Religious objectors and non-members are not eligible to vote. If you have questions about this vote and the changes proposed, please talk to your Local Union Representative. 


King County coalition of unions reaches tentative agreement in total comp negotiations

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Late yesterday afternoon our King County Coalition of Union bargaining members unanimously recommended moving forward a tentative agreement on economics.

This includes the landslide victory of a 4% general wage increase for 2019 and a total of 3% general wage increase for 2020 plus a $500 bonus only offered to Coalition Union members.

It also includes enhancements to insurance such as a full reinstatement of retiree benefits, long-term disability paid for by the County, an added voluntary short-term disability plan and increased benefits for vision coverage. This means an increase to wages of 10.25% (plus a $500 bonus) over a three-year span.

Our Union Coalition and its member representatives have been negotiating with the County for months and are pleased to come to this tentative deal. We still have individual contract negotiations before the agreement is finalized and ready to vote, but we will keep you updated with more information to come.

We appreciate the many hours of negotiations, work and advocacy the entire bargaining team put into these negotiations and are confident that it will be a competitive package for our members.

More details to come as they materialize, but we are very excited to announce this excellent news.


King County total comp update - August 10, 2018

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Members of Teamsters 117 on our King County Coalition of Unions negotiations team.


Our union coalition team was back at the negotiations table with King County yesterday as we continue to bargain over your wages and health care for 2019-2020.

These so-called “Total Comp” negotiations have been ongoing since February with a group of dozens of rank-and-file union members, including more than 20 Teamsters, representing your interests in bargaining.

We have entered the challenging period in these negotiations when we are relatively close to an agreement but still have a few critical issues to resolve.

The County made a proposal in the last session that involved many moving parts including general wage increases and other economic elements of your contract. Our group spent much of yesterday’s session identifying the highest priority items that will have the greatest benefit to the largest number of represented members at the County.

The good news is that the fund that safeguards our health care benefits is in excellent shape. The Protected Fund Reserve (PFR), which was established in 2013 by the Joint Labor Management Insurance Committee (JLMIC), has grown from $25 million to a projected $66 million in 2018.