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King County JLMIC Update

I am excited to give this report to King County employees for two reasons.

First, your JLMIC health benefits are great benefits.  The Gold plan is an 85% coverage plan, but the deductibles and out of pocket maximums (which are far more important in terms of their impact on your total out-of-pocket cost) are very low.  And, there’s no premium share.

Second, you are unlikely to see premium share, at least for the foreseeable future.


Feed Hungry Kids - Bring Peanut Butter to your Union!

Peanut-Butter---Photo.jpgYour peanut butter donations will go to support hungry kids!  

Again this year, Teamsters Local 117 is helping to support the backpack program, an initiative that allows kids who may not have access to food over the weekend to prepare healthy meals for themselves.

Here’s how you can help local families and hungry children:

  • Bring a jar (or more) of peanut butter to work and your Shop Steward will get it to your Business Rep. You can also bring your donations by the Union Hall.
  • Ask your co-workers to donate peanut butter.
  • Remember to buy your peanut butter at a Union store like Fred Meyer or Safeway!

Teamster Toy Drive Brightens Many Lives

Treehouse3---Photo.jpgThis last holiday season, instead of collecting toys in our shops as we have in the past, we asked members to bring toys to the holiday membership meeting to donate for our annual Teamster Toy Drive.

Members responded in a big way, donating a huge number of toys, gift cards, and even some cash.

“We were overwhelmed with joy on the response," said Marcus Williams, Local 117 Business Representative.

Thanks to the generosity of our members, 21 families received toys, providing 52 children with a little more to enjoy over the holidays!


Hoffa Advocates for Strong Governmental Reporting Standards and Transparency

James P. Hoffa, General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, has sent a letter to the director of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board advocating for "better reporting and greater transparency" of tax expenditures used for economic development.  


Three exciting policies to help women's economic security

This email just came in from our friends at the Washington Work and Family Coalition:


So long, Walter! Longtime King County Steward retires

Walt-Chaffee.jpgWalter Chaffee, a longtime Union Shop Steward at King County and dedicated Teamster, retired at the end of 2014.  

Walt will be missed by co-workers, the public, and especially the Local.  The following is a tribute to Walter, written by former Local 117 Business Representative, Betty Robinson:


A Labor Resurgence, with Local 117 Leading the Way

There were no strikes at Local 117 in 2014, no burn barrels glowing at 2 A.M., no members standing their ground as massive trucks tried to nudge their way through our lines.  Yet despite a lack of obvious labor unrest, our Union’s impact on the lives of working families was as significant last year as in any year in recent memory.

Members of Teamsters 117 won important victories – through progressive legislation, through political action, in negotiations, in arbitration, and perhaps most significantly, by bringing hundreds of new workers into the Union.  


Know your contract: It's your power and voice in the workplace

contract.jpgWhen workers get shorted on their wages, it may not necessarily be intentional on the part of the employer; sometimes an employer simply misinterprets the language in the collective bargaining agreement, personnel rules, or policy.

In a recent incident, a public sector member informed me that his employer had not been appropriately calculating set-up pay step increases for supervisors.


King County Lump Sum to be Distributed December 18 and 19

The following email was sent yesterday on behalf of Patti Cole-Tindall, King County Director of Labor Relations, to the King County Coalition of Unions in regards to the lump sum payment for coalition members:


King County Coalition of Unions - Lump sum payment

Pam Bell in the Payroll Department at King County has distributed the following email regarding King County members who are eligible for the $500 lump sum payment under the recently ratified COLA agreement: