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Members Visit the Capitol, Tell Lawmakers Why Public Service Matters

house.jpgOn President’s Day, a group of Teamsters spent their day off in Olympia, hustling around the State Capitol, seeking out legislators in their offices, and pulling them from the Senate floor.

This was our Public Service Matters lobby day, a chance for members to establish relationships with their representatives, engage in spirited discussion about critical issues, and remind lawmakers about the important services that public employees provide to our communities.

Randy Marquis, a Shop Steward and heavy equipment operator at the City of Tacoma, spoke about his experience.

“I had an absolute blast! This was my first time lobbying in Olympia, but it will definitely not be my last. I felt that the legislators we got to talk to were very courteous and willing to listen. It was fascinating to see how things get done in our state government,” he said.


King County Paid Parental Leave Vote - The Results Are In

We have tallied the votes for all Teamster units at King County regarding Paid Parental Leave. A majority of Local 117 represented units voted to accept the pilot program, while three voted to reject the program.

To see how your group voted, please view the results below.

Local 117 Units that Voted to Accept the Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program: 

Local 117 Units that Voted to Reject the Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program: 

  • Wastewater Treatment Supervisors 
  • Wastewater Treatment Managers
  • DOT Supervisors

The Latest on King County Total Comp

As you know, Teamsters 117 is part of a coalition that is in the process of bargaining with King County over all compensable items in your collective bargaining agreement.

During this process, we will be posting updates and documents related to bargaining. The updates are distributed to all represented members whose unions are participating in the coalition.

The following documents have been used in presentations during total comp negotiations:

As soon as we have additional updates or documents to share, we will post them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or talk to your bargaining committee member.

Thank you for your service to the residents of King County!


Our new website – family, strength, community – is live!

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We’ve just launched an exciting new website for members of Teamsters 117. It focuses on the values we share as Teamsters – values like family, strength, and community.

In fact, that’s exactly where you can find it on the web, at FamilyStrengthCommunity.org.

On the site, you’ll see things we can all agree on – the need for wages to raise a family, strong and healthy communities, a secure retirement, and respect.

These are the things that unite us as Teamsters and what we are all fighting for.


A day of unity and commitment

Today, thousands of Teamsters 117 members across the state are working in solidarity to get out the same message of Teamsters unity.

With recent attacks by anti-union groups, like the "Freedom" Foundation and the impending Friedrichs decision, now it’s more important than ever to know what’s at stake and how we can work together to protect our future.

If you haven’t seen the flyer yet that will be distributed today by your Shop Stewards or workplace leaders, you can get informed by reading it here.

Want to join in making our union stronger? Please let your union representative know you’d like to participate in our Every Voice Counts Interview campaigns, and if you haven’t yet, sign a commitment card.

To learn more visit FamilyStrengthCommunity.org. 

Sticking together makes us strong. It also helps expose the agenda of radical groups like the so-called "Freedom" Foundation (see below).

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Join Us for our Public Service Matters Lobby Day

Public-Service-Matters.jpgEvery day, our members who work in the public sector serve our communities and too often the work goes unnoticed by the rest of the public, let alone by our elected officials.

That's why this President's Day, Monday February 15th, we are going to be meeting with our legislators in Olympia for what we are calling Public Service Matters Lobby Day. Olympia legislators hear from state employees routinely, but there are thousands of other public sector members who work in cities, counties and towns all across the state from whom they don't always hear.

This year, we will be talking to our representatives and senators about our 2016 Legislative Agenda, particularly legislation to protect the privacy of all public employees.

Can you join us that day? We will be meeting at the Washington State Labor Council building in Olympia at 9:00 AM where we will do a short training, and then head up to the Capitol campus to meet in groups with legislators. This is always a lot of fun, and our members have a fun experience. It's also a fun thing to do with your kids, who are totally welcome to join!

If you and your family are able to join us that day, please click here to RSVP on our calendar.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me by replying to this email or calling me at 206-441-4860 x1262.

Thanks for what you do to serve the public, and we look forward to seeing you on February 15th!


Tell your legislator: Unleash the Family and Medical Leave Act

Our friends at the Washington Work and Family Coalition sent out this important action alert yesterday. Please contact your representatives and tell them to give Washington's Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FaMLI) bill a hearing!

Tell your legislator: Unleash the Family and Medical Leave Act

There are a handful of times in life when family and health must come first.

Last summer I took 6 weeks of unpaid leave to help my mother care for my father who was battling cancer. To save our household budget, we put off paying a few bills, and luckily my child's preschool cared for my son an extra day a week without charging me.

We all need access to long-term leave at some point -- whether to nurture a new child, fight cancer, care for an aging parent. But too many Washington workers don't have that option. Forced to return to work too soon, they sacrifice health and family well-being to cover their bills.

It doesn't have to be this way. Washington's Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FaMLI) bill would protect workers and families in those situations.

Unfortunately, as of week three of a sixty-day legislative session, the FaMLI bill hasn't been scheduled for a hearing. Without leadership's approval, the bill will die in the Appropriations Committee, without even a chance for consideration by the full legislature.

Washington voters deserve to know whether their elected leaders will stand up and support our families. Please take a moment right now to ask your state representatives to push for a hearing on the FaMLI bill in the House Appropriations Committee.

Washington voters deserve to know whether their elected leaders will stand up and support our families. Please take a moment right now to tell ask your state representative to push for a hearing on the FaMLI bill in the House Appropriations Committee.

Thank you for all you do for Washington's workers and families!

- Gabriela, Washington Work and Family Coalition


King County Paid Parental Leave Vote

As you know, King County implemented a Paid Parental Leave pilot program effective January 1, 2016.

Teamsters 117 bargaining units throughout the County will be voting on the policy since it affects the leave provisions in your collective bargaining agreement.

Ballots were mailed to your home address on Thursday, January 21 and must be received in the locked Local 117 drop box by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29 at one of the following locations:

  • King County Admin Building (3rd Fl)
  • Renton Roads
  • Regional Justice Center

Voting instructions and a contact person for each location are available on your ballot. If you have not received your ballot by Tuesday, January 26, please call me at 206-441-4860 ext. 1232.

I also wanted to let you know that King County Total Compensation Bargaining took place here at the Teamsters Union hall on January 20. An update on bargaining will be available on our website by the end of next week.

Thank you!


Our South Sound Newsletter - New Issue!

South__Sound_Winter_2016_Page_1.jpgThe new issue of our Teamsters South Sound newsletter is now available. 

Teamsters South Sound is designed for members working in our public sector shops in greater Pierce County.

In this issue, you'll find a member's take on recent threats to labor, including a Supreme Court case that could weaken your ability to stand together for family wages and better benefits and working conditions.

We also have some exciting events coming up, such as our Public Service Matters lobby day, our Veteran's Caucus founding meeting, and our Teamsters Casino Night fundraiser.

You can view a PDF of the newsletter here. For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.


Teamsters 117 Joins March in Honoring Dr. King

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Members of Teamsters Local 117 joined in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Seattle on Saturday. 

After an assembly at Garfield High School, labor and community members marched to the federal building downtown under the banner, "We have the Power to Make Change."

"I think it's important as a union member and as an individual to be here because Martin Luther King was one of the great leaders of our century," said Deb Dahlin, a Shop Steward from Macy's who participated in the march. "He preached togetherness and we all need to embrace that."