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Public Sector


Tacoma Joint Labor Members Vote to Ratify Agreement

Good news from the South Sound!  Members of Teamsters Local 117 at the City of Tacoma, along with the membership of the other Unions represented by Tacoma Joint Labor, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new labor agreement. The agreement was ratified by 86.4% voting in favor.

The new agreement protects members' health care coverage and creates a wellness program that maintains the current premium share.

Thank you to all of the members that exercised their right to vote and took part in insuring that the members working at the City of Tacoma have a voice in their wages, benefits, and working conditions!


Haven't Voted Yet? Time is Running Out. Endorsements Here!

Teamsters-Vote---Photo.jpgELECTION 2014 - VIEW ENDORSEMENTS HERE!

Teamster members have a lot at stake in this election.  

The candidates we vote into office will determine whether or not we are able to fund our DOC contract, pass paid sick leave legislation, protect working families against wage theft, and protect our State's workers' comp system. 

The best way to achieve our legislative priorities is if we all exercise our right to vote!


Tacoma equipment operator encourages member involvement

Randy-Marquis.jpgWhen Secretary-Treasurer Thompson asks for a motion at the general membership meetings, the first one who invariably raises his hand is Randy Marquis, a Shop Steward and heavy equipment operator at the City of Tacoma.

Randy is an avid attendee of union meetings where he plays an active role. At the September general membership meeting, Marquis stood up and questioned candidates running for the State legislature if they intended to support statewide Paid Sick Days legislation.


Workforce Central group keeps all options on the table

Debra-Gibson.jpgThe government shutdown of 2013 impacted many of our Teamsters Brothers and Sisters in various ways. For those public sector workers at Workforce Central in Tacoma, it came in the form of shared sacrifice.

“Our management had come to us and said that in order for us to sustain where we are, we have to give up certain concessions,” said Shop Steward Debra Gibson. As Union members with a voice, the workers came together and voted on what they could afford to give up to keep the agency going and to make sure that nobody got laid off.


South Sound Newsletter - New Issue!

TeamstersSouthSound_3.jpgThe new issue of Teamsters South Sound, the newsletter for Local 117 members working in the public sector in greater Pierce County is now available!

This issue of your Union newsletter contains articles on:

  • a tentative agreement at the City of Tacoma
  • the fight for a fair contract at Workforce Central
  • your Union's community fundraising work
  • resources concerning the upcoming election

You can access a PDF version of the newsletter online.  If you'd like a hard copy, please talk to your Business Representative. 


Tacoma Joint Labor - Health & Welfare Contract Vote

Your Tacoma Joint Labor Union bargaining committee has achieved a fully-recommended tentative agreement on a 2-year labor contract. The agreement protects your health care coverage and creates a wellness program that maintains the current premium share.

You will be receiving a ballot in the mail shortly along with the redlined version of the contract with proposed changes. Ballots must be returned to your Local Union office by no later than 5 P.M. on Monday, November 3.  Please exercise your right to vote on your contract!  

You can view contract documents here:

If you have questions, please talk to your Business Representative.


King County Newsletter - Thank you for your service!

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The new issue of the Local 117 newsletter for Teamsters at King County is now available!  

This issue has an update on the recent COLA agreement vote as well as a number of other articles that discuss the latest happenings pertaining to Local 117 members who work at the County  

Check it out!


Take steps to protect your work!

Know_your_rights.jpgWhen you work at an agency the size of King County, you may feel like you are in a perpetual state of flux.  There is constant reorganization, reclassification, hiring, layoffs, and other changes that affect you and your co-workers. 

As a Union member, you have a right to have your voice heard when changes in working conditions occur in the workplace. 


Get registered, get informed, VOTE!

Teamsters-Vote2.jpgIt’s election season again, and time to push our elected leaders to listen to the advice of frontline employees.  

The best way to do this is to exercise your right to vote!


Members taking a greater role in their Union

This summer, we conducted focus groups for 48 Local 117 members in the public sector, including several Teamsters at King County.  We wanted to hear from you about how to build a stronger Union that can more effectively fight for fair wages and good benefits for all members.