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Public Sector

Great news for King County members regarding their healthcare benefits

WOW! In my last report, I had predicted that the Protected Fund Reserve would end 2014 with close to $30 million (up from its original $25 million in funding in 2012).  While that would have been an excellent outcome, I am pleased to report that the results are even better than expected.

  • In 2014, the Protected Fund Reserve increased by $9 million to over $35 million. This represents a 34% increase in our safety net to protect against rising health and welfare costs.
  • The new projections show that the Protected Fund Reserve will increase another $3 million this year, and at the end of 2016, the reserve is projected to close in on $40 million.   Therefore, the experts at Mercer are now projecting that the Fund for the JLMIC unions will be stable through 2018!

Conservative Shop Steward shares his point of view

As much as some try to lump us together, Local 117 Teamsters come in all stripes, and all political persuasions. Take Tracy Dillard, for example, who works maintaining streets and landscapes at the City of Tacoma.

“I identify as a conservative,” Dillard says. “Growing up in a strict Southern Baptist household, we learned that it’s fine to give people a helping hand, but not a hand out.”

Emerging Labor Leaders Gather in Chicago

William-Cannon-2---Photo.jpgRecently I attended the Next Up summit in Chicago, Illinois organized by the AFL-CIO. What I saw there was both uplifting and thought-provoking.

For one, right to work (for less) and its effect on other States has had created challenges for our brothers and sisters around the country.

However, what is more powerful is the work being done by emerging leaders in the labor movement.

Teamsters Give Soldiers a Helping Hand


When you talk with Daniel Fenwick, it’s clear that his life has purpose. Fenwick helps transition soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McCord (JBLM) from military to civilian life. “I’m a career counselor that gives resources, but I also give my whole heart to this job,” he says.

Fenwick is a Teamster and Employment and Training Specialist II at Workforce Central in Tacoma. His position is supported by a federal Camo 2 Commerce grant, a program designed to help service members find jobs in the local community.

A 20-year veteran himself, Fenwick knows something about the challenges of transitioning out of life in the military.

South Sound Newsletter - New Issue!

South-Sound.jpgThe new issue of Teamsters South Sound, the newsletter for members working in greater Pierce County is now available!  In this issue, you will find:

  • Teamsters giving soldiers a helping hand
  • An update from legislative session in Olympia
  • How to protect your rights at work
  • The point of view of a Union Shop Steward

You can check out a PDF of the newsletter online.  For print copies, please talk with your Business Rep.

Hey Teamsters - What Do We Look Like?

What-Teamsters-1.jpgWhat does a Local 117 Teamster look like? We look like hard working, strong, essential members of our communities. 

Like James Borum, a truck driver for Sysco, who raised money to help a co-worker buy cancer treatment equipment. 

Like Suzette Dickerson, who worked hard at the King County Prosecutors’ office, then volunteered both as a track coach and at her son’s many school activities. 

Welcome new King County Business Rep, Suzette Dickerson!

Suzette-Dickerson.jpgLet's welcome Suzette Dickerson, a new Teamsters Local 117 Business Representative for public sector members working at King County!

Before joining the staff of Teamsters 117, Suzette worked as an Intake Officer at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for 14 years.

For 10 of those years, Suzette served the Union as a Shop Steward. She was a member of the bargaining committee during three cycles of contract negotiations; she handled grievances; and she participated in Labor Management meetings to resolve issues in the workplace.

Your kid need money for college? Check out the Alfieri Scholarship!

Alfieri2015.jpgAre you a member of Teamsters 117 and the parent of a student in need of money for college?

Teamsters Local 117 is now accepting applications for the 2015 Jeff Alfieri Scholarship. The Local 117 Jeff Alfieri Scholarship of up to $2000 is awarded to outstanding students whose parents are members of Teamsters Local 117. 

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, May 8, 2015.  View application materials below:

If you have questions about the scholarship, talk to your Business Representative, or call 206-441-4860 or 1-888-872-3489.

The founders of the scholarship fund, Ralph and Sue Alfieri, established the scholarship in memory of their son Jeff Alfieri, a former Business Representative with Teamsters Local 117.


Unions Rally for Shared Prosperity in Olympia


Members of Teamsters Local 117 joined hundreds of union members and their supporters on the steps of the State Capitol in Olympia on Friday to rally for statewide paid sick leave, protections against wage theft, an increase in the minimum wage, and wage increases for state employees, including 5600 state correctional employees. 

The rally was organized by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) to promote its shared prosperity agenda designed to lift up middle class workers through public policy that is "good for workers, good for families, and good for communities."

Welcome Ryan Jarman - New Business Rep!

Ryan-Jarman.jpgLet's welcome Ryan Jarman, a new Business Representative at Teamsters 117! 

Ryan brings a wealth of life experiences to his position at your Local Union. He became a Teamster in 2007 when he went to work at the Golden State Foods grocery distribution center in Sumner. Prior to his Teamster job, Ryan spent six years in the military. He is also a small business owner in Lacey, where he and his wife run a small dance studio.