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Join us in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

John_Scearcy_-_Local_117.jpgI wanted to invite you to join together with other Local 117 members as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

We will be participating in the annual MLK Rally and March this Monday, January 18 starting at 11 a.m. at Garfield High School in Seattle. A group of Local 117 members will be meeting at the Union hall in Tukwila at 10 a.m. to carpool to the event.

You can RSVP for this event on our Union's website here.

MLK was not only an iconic leader in our country's struggle for Civil Rights, he also cared deeply about working families and spoke out against the challenges facing labor.  

Dr. King said:  “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.' Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining…. We demand this fraud be stopped.” 

Please join us on January 18 as we pay tribute to Dr. King and his legacy. Look for the Teamsters 117 banner!

Local 117 Member Talks about Getting Committed Given Friedrichs and other Attacks


As a fellow Local 117 member, I'm concerned about recent attacks on our Union.

This week, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case - Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association - that could have sweeping implications for working families in Washington and across this country.

At stake is whether we as correctional employees, police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, and other public servants in our cities and counties can continue to powerfully stand together to negotiate fair wages and benefits for our families.

The Friedrichs case is being bankrolled by wealthy special interests – the same groups that have helped pass so-called “right-to-work” (for less) laws in a number of states and rolled back collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin.

South Sound Leaders Meet to Promote Family, Strength and Community


Family, strength, community - those are our values as union members.

Teamsters in our South Sound shops met in Tacoma on Saturday to talk about how to promote those values. 

"We want to find out what matters most to members so that we can continue to build strength through our commitment to each other and our communities," said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117.

To accomplish that goal, we're conducting Every Voice Counts interviews. These are short, one-on-one conversations, in which members will be interviewing other members about ways to build unity in their workplace.

Our commitment to each other is important, especially now, with the ongoing attacks on working families.

South Sound Leadership Summit - Join Us!


On Saturday, January 9, Shop Stewards and member leaders employed in our public sector shops in the South Sound region will be gathering at the IBEW Union Hall in Tacoma for our South Sound Public Sector Leadership Summit to build power and solidarity in the workplace.  

With the ongoing attacks on public sector unions in the courts and statehouses across the country, we need to make sure that our union is strong so that we can preserve our hard-won wages and continue to improve our working conditions.


  • Learn more about anti-union laws and other recent attacks on labor
  • Talk about how we can build power in the workplace and protect our rights
  • Discuss ways to build solidarity and share best practices

Space is limited! To reserve a spot for our South Sound Public Sector Leadership Summit, register online here!

Holiday Membership Meeting - Video & Photos Here!

Last night was our annual Holiday Meeting extravaganza, with hundreds of members from all across our union coming together for solidarity and our raffle drawing.

Check out photos from the event here.

Secretary-Treasurer Scearcy kicked things off with a re-cap of 2015, which included some exciting organizing victories. Over 800 workers joined our union last year and thousands more in Seattle's for-hire industry won the right to collectively bargain.

One of our recent successes was at Transdev, where transport drivers voted recently to join Teamsters 117.  The Transdev victory brings 280 drivers into our Union.

We also had a surprise guest - former Secretary-Treasurer, Tracey Thompson, not only attended the meeting, she led the group through our raffle drawing.

Hundreds of gifts were awarded, included 4 tvs, electronics, gaming devices, wine, 2 beanbag chairs, and best of all, NUTS! All of the gifts are purchased from companies with whom Local 117 has a bargaining relationship.

"We are so grateful for all that you do in making Teamsters 117 the strongest Union in the Pacific Northwest," said Secretary-Treasurer Scearcy. "This is our way of saying thank you and happy holidays."


KC Coalition Update - Paid Parental Leave

The following is an update from the King County Coalition of Unions to all coalition members:

Paid Parental Leave

In order to answer any questions that may come up for members about Paid Parental Leave, we’ve scheduled a Q&A session on Thurs., Jan. 7, from 12-1 p.m. in King Street Center Room 3-D/3-E. For those unions that will put the paid parental leave policy to vote by its members, the County must receive the vote results prior to Feb. 1. Prior to the vote we will be sending out another email with more information about the policy.

New Member Orientation

Just a reminder that we have an opportunity to give a general union overview at the County orientations for new members. We will be putting together a presentation that will be given by a rotating cast of Coalition reps. The New Member Orientation Subcommittee will help develop and implement this program. Interested in serving on the New Member Orientation Subcommittee? Email Nikola Davidson at nikola@pte17.org.

Sincerely, Denise Cobden 
PTE17 & Coalition Co-Chair

King County Teamsters Make Every Voice Count

KC-lunch---Photo3.jpgTeamster Shop Stewards and other leaders at King County interviewed fellow members on Thursday as a part of our Every Voice Counts project.  Interviews took place in a relaxed environment, over lunch in the County's Chinook building.

You can view photos from the day's activity here.

The purpose of the event was to discuss issues at work, and brainstorm solutions. Folks had lots to say about how to improve their benefits and working conditions, and even their safety.

"I'm concerned about the recent shootings," said Enrique Ferrer, a weapons screener at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. "We could be susceptible to that, too."

Members also discussed recent attacks on labor, in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and a case currently before the Supreme Court that could place significant burdens on public sector unions.

If the Court rules against unions in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, it could create a union-hostile environment in public sector workplaces across the country. (See who's behind the Friedrichs case here.)

Lunchtime Event for Members at King County on Dec. 10

I-love-my-union.jpgOn Thursday, December 10, Teamsters at King County are invited to participate in a festive, lunchtime event.

We will be holding member interviews to discuss how we can build a stronger union through our commitment to each other and our communities.  

We will also be giving an update on negotiations and answering questions related to issues in the workplace.

This is a drop-in event that will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Chinook building. All Teamsters Local 117 members at King County are welcome to attend.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP for the event here so we know how much food to provide.

For more information, contact Karen Estevenin at 206-441-4860 ext. 1244.

This is going to be a fun event - don't miss it!

At Labor Summit, Members Develop a Plan to Win


The stakes have never been higher for union members as wealthy extremists are funding legislation and taking radical legal action to weaken labor unions, exacerbate income inequality, and make it harder for working people to pay the bills and support their families.

Several area labor unions joined members of Teamsters Local 117 on Saturday to discuss these issues and to put together a plan to preserve our wages and benefits and build a stronger union and a better future for ourselves and our communities. 

"Unions fight for the middle class," said Vicki Moore, a Local 117 Shop Steward at King County Elections, who participated in the event. "I noticed that in my lifetime, it's getting harder and harder to stay middle class and unions bolster up families and people like me."

Check out photos from our first-ever Public Sector Labor Summit here.

BLOOD DRIVE: Come to the Hall this Sat & Give the Gift of Life!


It's that time of the year for our annual Teamsters Local 117 Blood Drive!  

For over two decades, we have been working with local-area blood banks to help boost donations for people in need.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, November 14 at the Union hall in Tukwila from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We will be partnering with the Cascade Regional Blood Services.

You can RSVP for the Blood Drive HERE.

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

If you don’t live in the area – have no fear!  Any donations made between November 8 and November 22 will be rewarded with a $25 Safeway gift card as well.  Just mail in your proof of donation to the Union Hall.