Members of Teamsters Local 117, employed at Workforce Central in Tacoma, have voted to forgo their contractual rights and significantly reduce their hours in order to prevent layoffs, which would have otherwise resulted during the federal government shutdown.
Without concessions by union members, the Tacoma-based agency, which relies heavily on federal funding to support its education and training programs for low-income adults, would have had to lay off over one third of its employees after $1.6 million in Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding dried up last week.
This is how a Teamster retiree does it! John Van Buskirk, former King County employee and Teamsters 117 Steward Advisory Council member, and current delegate to the MLK King County Labor Council, enjoying his retirement in Glacier National Park in Montana.
Congratulations, John, and keep on truckin!
The City and Joint Labor have been meeting on a weekly basis to negotiate the entire Joint Labor Agreement. Health care benefits continue to be the primary issue, although the employer is bringing many language items to modify the entire agreement.
Starting in mid-September, your Local Union will begin negotiations with the County over contracts for the Professional, Technical, and Administrative Support and the Joint Units Agreement (formerly Joint Crafts Council) bargaining units.
Please give a raucous Teamsters’ welcome to twelve new Local 117 members at King County. The new group of clerical and administrative employees in the County’s Wastewater Division will be accreting into the Wastewater bargaining unit.
The group, formerly represented by the Technical Employees Association (TEA), spent over a year fighting TEA appeals, but has finally prevailed in their desire to become Teamsters.
Ever report to work and find somebody else doing your job? Maybe it’s a manager or a contract worker that the boss has brought in from the outside.
The practice is called ‘skimming’, and it is a common ploy used by employers to cut costs at your expense. With skimming, before you know it, your work area is in disarray, you’re losing out on overtime, or maybe your job is disappearing before your very eyes.
Teamsters South Sound, the newsletter for Local 117 members working in the public sector in Pierce and South King County is now available. This issue contains articles on the recent Tacoma Paid Sick Days kickoff, the Cy Sun recall effort, bargaining at the City of Auburn, and your Union's new website project.
For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.
Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer Tracey Thompson has published a guest editorial in the Auburn Reporter that questions the City of Auburn officials' priorities in bargaining.
City negotiators has rejected several Union proposals that would save the City money.
BY REJECTING COST SAVINGS PROPOSALS, THE CITY OF AUBURN DOES A DISSERVICE TO TAXPAYERS
By Tracey A. Thompson, Teamsters 117