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Public Sector

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.

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!