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KC Coalition Bargaining Update - February 26

At the previous meeting the County indicated a willingness to extend the existing COLA language for one year while continuing to work on other issues. Prior to today’s meeting with the County, the Coalition caucused to agree on a response to the County, for today’s meeting. During the caucus, strategies for current circumstances were discussed along with the desire for the County to not include the unrepresented in their costing data and analyses.

Pierce County Teamsters - Beckendorf Scholarship Deadline is Feb. 28

If you live in Pierce County, your son or daughter may be eligible to apply for the Jerry Beckendorf scholarship, but you'd better hurry - the deadline to apply is February 28, 2014.

View the 2014 scholarship application and eligibility requirements here.

Since 2003, the Jerry Beckendorf Community Services Scholarship program has awarded more than $42,000 to 70 graduating seniors from Union families living in Pierce County.

Your State Senator Needs to Hear from you on Paid Sick Days!


We are very excited to announce that the Senate Commerce and Labor committee has scheduled a hearing for Paid Sick and Safe Days (HB 1313) on Wednesday, February 26th at 1:30 p.m.

Thanks to your emails and phone calls, the bill passed out of the House of Representatives on January 29. Now, HB 1313 faces a tough fight in the Senate.  We must do all we can if Paid Sick Days (HB1313) is going to make it through the Senate Labor and Commerce committee. Here's what you can do right now:

1.  Sign the Paid Sick Days Action Alert here.

2. Contact key members of the Senate Commerce and Labor committee and tell them to pass this bill out! 

Curtis King R 14th
(360) 786-7626

Janea Holmquist Newbry, Chair R 13th
(360) 786-7624

John Braun R 20th
(360) 786-7638

Mike Hewitt R 16th
360 786-7630

3.  If you live in the 13th, 14th, 15th and 20th legislative districts, your support is especially important!

Paid Sick Days ensure people can care for their health needs without losing a day’s wages or their job and promotes healthy business by preventing the spread of food-borne disease and boosting employee morale and productivity.

Teamsters Back in Olympia, Making their Voices Heard


Teamsters 117 was back in Olympia today to speak out in support of issues that are important to working families.  Together with members of several other Teamster Locals, Local 117 members met with their legislators to discuss raising the minimum wage, passing a paid sick days bill, and protecting workers against wage theft.

"This is the second time that I've done a Lobby Day, and I had a lot of fun the first time," said Jess Turney, a 2-year Teamster at Fisheries Supply in Seattle. "I think the strength of the Teamsters is activism and the membership has to participate in order for the union to be strong and for us to accomplish our goals." 

Local 117 members continued to lobby their State Senators on a bill (HB 2152) that would allow Teamster taxi drivers the choice to opt into the State's Labor & Industries system.  On February 7, the bill passed out of the House by a vote of 93-1, and it is now working its way through the Senate.

Members also discussed the need to alleviate prison overcrowding and to address other safety and security-related issues for our state's correctional employees.

Today's event was organized by the Joint Council of Teamsters 28, an organization of 12 Teamster Locals in Washington, Alaska, and Northern Idaho.

King County Coalition of Unions - Total Comp. Update

On February 12, King County met with the King County Coalition of Unions to address two key components of the Coalition’s November 21 proposal.

Matt McCoy from the County outlined the cost incurred to provide an additional two steps (Step 11 and Step 12) to the Squared Table, as well as a Vacation Cash Out option. It was discussed that 63% of Coalition employees are at Step 10. Adding two steps would result in a 2.78% on-going, long-term cost increase in total payroll. The vacation cash out option would be a one-time payroll cost increase of 4.75% (or $29 million in real dollars). Therefore, the immediate combined increase in total payroll cost to the County would be 7.53%.

According to Dwight Dively (Budget Director) at a December presentation to the Coalition, the General Fund Revenue is expected to have an “…average long-term revenue growth of about 2.5%.”

View the entire update here.

Proposed Class Action AETNA Settlement May Impact some King County Employees

A proposed settlement to a class action lawsuit involving AETNA may impact some Local 117 members employed at King County.

AETNA plan members who received services from out-of-network providers from March 1, 2001 through August 30, 2013 may be eligible for cash payment under the proposal.

If you qualify for payment, you must fill out and return a Claim Form (with any necessary supporting documentation) by first class mail, postmarked no later than March 28, 2014. 

Your legal rights in the settlement as well as information about the case are outlined in a court-authorized notice. Be sure to read over the notice carefully to determine your eligibility and your options in the case.

King County Coalition of Unions - Total Compensation Update

At a meeting on January 22, King County had planned to present its counterproposal to the KC Coalition of Unions' most recent proposal.  The County informed the Coalition that it was not ready to make a counterproposal at that time, but there were several other business items discussed at the meeting.

You can view the Coalition's update from the meeting here.

South Sound Newsletter - New Issue!

Rich-Hill---Teamsters.jpgThe new issue of the Teamsters South Sound newsletter is now available!  This issue contains articles on a contract win at the City of Auburn, the dangers of so-called "Right-to-Work" laws, and tips about how to get more involved in your Union.

Check out the Teamsters South Sound newsletter here.

Seattle Mayor Raises Minimum Wage for City Employees

Taking a small first step toward delivering on a much publicized campaign promise, newly-elected Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced at a press conference on Friday that he would sign an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all city employees.

The wage hike would affect approximately 600 City workers, including a handful of Teamsters who are employed as ushers and admissions attendants at the Seattle Center.

King County Coalition of Unions - Total Comp. Info. Session

The following is an update from the King County Coalition of Unions on the total compensation information session with the County: 

This meeting was an opportunity for the County to make their case for the 2% “wage increase” proposal.  Dwight Dively, the Budget Director from the King County Executive’s office met with the King County Coalition of Unions on December 12th to review the County’s budget forecast.