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Public Sector

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!


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.  

Public sector members praised for providing exceptional service

King County employees spend their day providing outstanding service to our community.  They clear our streets, maintain our roads, clean up our parks, provide safe drinking water, protect our environment, treat our mentally ill, and keep our communities safe. 

KC members vote to approve COLA agreement

In August, Teamsters at King County had the opportunity to vote on a tentative COLA agreement that had been negotiated by the King County Coalition of Unions. 

The agreement was fully recommended by your Local 117 bargaining committee.   The vote was conducted by a mail-in ballot, and votes were tabulated by members at the Union Hall in Tukwila on August 13.

In all, ten of eleven Local 117 bargaining units voted to approve the agreement. 

The agreement includes a 2% cost-of-living increase for all impacted County employees in 2015 and a 2.25% increase in 2016.  It also includes a flat lump sum bonus of $500 per employee payable to Coalition bargaining unit members only. 

Under the agreement, the County is required to pay eligible members their $500 bonus on or before December 31.  As soon as we hear when the County will be dispersing your bonus, we will let you know.  Thank you for exercising your right to vote on your contract!


City of Tacoma General Unit Bargaining Update

We had scheduled two bargaining dates with the employer, on August 11 and 26. Unfortunately the employer cancelled both sessions because they were unprepared and unable to get their bargaining team together. 

However, your Union bargaining teams met on August 26 and reviewed our draft proposals, bargaining strategy and had general discussion about the bargaining process. Your bargaining team is made up of the following stewards: