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Election 2015: A Good Night for Teamsters

Teamsters-Vote---photo.jpgElection night 2015 is in the books, and while there are still thousands of ballots to count, there are some clear winners. 

And some of the biggest winners were Teamsters who stand to benefit from having new elected officials who share our values. 

There are some heartbreaks as well, as with any election, but we can be proud that Local 117 did all it could to help those candidates we supported. 

Thanks to all of you for your shoe leather and your phone calls for helping put some of our endorsements over the top.

First off, our efforts in the city of Pacific proved to work, as Local 174 member from Waste Management, David Storaasli, beat his opponent and is up by about 10 points.

It’s clear our work with Teamsters and labor households in general made all the difference against a candidate who didn’t really do much voter contact.

It also looks like we also won the race for King County Assessor, as Teamster 117 member John Wilson beat incumbent and longtime politician Lloyd Hara. 

There’s a race where labor made the difference in exposing how the incumbent sent jobs overseas to an outside offshore firm and busted Unions.  

Those are a couple of the early highlights. See how the rest of our Teamster-endorsed candidates and issues fared by checking the election results on the Secretary of State's website.

Results will continue to be updated every afternoon at 4:30 PM in most counties. 

Public Sector Labor Summit - Register Here!

On November 14, Shop Stewards and member leaders employed in our public sector shops will be gathering at the Teamsters Union Hall in Tukwila 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.

Shop Stewards and key members from Teamsters Local 117 will be joined by other rank-and-file leaders from a handful of other Unions.  


WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: Teamsters Local 117

To register for the Public Sector Labor Summit, click here!

King County Bargaining Update - October 28

The most recent update from our King County Coalition of Unions outlines our priorities as a union with respect to a number of important issues. These include:

  • Economic stability
  • Equity
  • Recognition and Appreciation
  • Health

You can view the document in PDF form here. If you have any questions, please contact me for more information. Thank you!

King County JLMIC Update: Remember Open Enrollment!

Open enrollment for Teamsters at King County is November 1-15.

healthcare.jpgWhen you enroll, you will see that (at a time when most private and public sector employers are eroding health and welfare plan benefits as a way of shifting the cost to employees), King County plans will expand and improve benefits!

Effective January 1, 2016, your plan will provide 100% coverage for an extensive list of preventative care benefits and 100% coverage for contraceptives.

The Affordable Care Act did not require these improvements because King County’s plans have grandfathered status. Despite that, and the significant cost associated with providing these benefits (approximately $500,000 per year), the JLMIC was convinced that this was money well spent.

This is because preventative care is widely viewed by experts as a best practice from a plan design perspective.

South Sound Newsletter - New Issue!

South-Sound.jpgThe new issue of your Teamsters South Sound newsletter is now available. The newsletter focuses on our members in the public sector who work in greater Pierce County.

In this issue, you'll find news about how more and more Teamsters are giving back to their communities through their Union involvement.

You can also read about librarians at the Tacoma Public Library are fighting for a more secure retirement and about the important work of our members at the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department.

View a PDF of your Teamsters South Sound newsletter.  For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.

King County Total Comp Survey - Make Your Voice Heard!

We will be starting total compensation bargaining for all Teamsters at King County this fall and it's important that your voice is heard. 

Please complete the following survey by Friday, September 18th at 5:00 pm: 


Your completed survey will help your Union bargaining team develop meaningful proposals that reflect your concerns.  

The first meeting of the bargaining team is on Thursday, September 10th from 12-1:30 p.m. in Chinook Room 123.  We will be providing regular updates throughout the bargaining process.

Teamsters Donate Loads of Back-to-School Supplies for Kids

Back-to-School_photo.jpgIn the month August, members of Teamsters 117 donated several trunk loads of school supplies for kids headed back to school.  

The Back-To-School Drive was sponsored by the Teamsters Pacific Northwest Black Caucus. Members were able to donate in their shops or at an event held on August 22.

Donations were made to groups in both King and Pierce counties.  

"You're awesome!  We never expected this much in supplies," said a representative from the Rotary Boys and Girls Club in a voicemail.  "This is going to serve at least 1500 kids, so thank you so much!"

Thanks to everyone who donated. Your contributions will ensure that more kids in our communities can return to school well-equipped and ready to learn!

King County Total Comp Update

Upcoming Coalition of Unions Negotiations for represented members at King County.

Who is the Coalition?

The Coalition of Unions at King County is made up of over 5,000 Union members at King County.  You and your Union are a part of this organization.  Through solidarity, the Coalition increases our bargaining power to improve wages, benefits and job security.  The Coalition of Unions will be the organization through which we bargain Total Compensation.

What is Total Compensation?

Teamsters Local 117 members voted and approved the Coalition Agreement last year, which obligates Local 117 to negotiate all compensable items through Coalition negotiations.  The agreement expires at the end of 2016.  We are now gearing up to negotiate the next agreement, called Total Compensation.

Teamsters help South Sounders combat addiction


Julie Yust is a Shop Steward and Drug Addiction Treatment Counselor at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. She and her co-workers at the TPCHD provide counseling services for opiate dependent individuals.  Opiates are the fastest growing drug of dependency in the United States.  Julie says that the largest growing addict population is kids 18-24 years old.

1.  Talk about your work at the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department.

I work with opiate dependent individuals seeking recovery services.  We take away those cravings through medication and along with the medication we provide counseling.

2.  How can you assist someone who has substance abuse issues?

We work with them to reduce cravings, to stop usage, to change behaviors, and to establish support networks.  Every person gets individualized service. They progress through treatment with the ultimate goal of working themselves off methadone and into a drug-free life.

Help Kids - Donate to your Union's Back to School Drive!

back-to-school_photo.jpgEvery child deserves school supplies, but not every family can afford to buy them.

That’s why Teamsters Local 117 is organizing a Back-To-School Drive, so that more kids in our communities can go to school well-equipped and ready to learn.

In the month of August, we’ll be collecting all sorts of school supplies – backpacks, markers, notebooks, pencils, crayons, rulers, scissors, glue stick, tape, erasers, you name it!