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