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Public Sector


Public Employees: Don't let corporate lobbyists determine your future

Consider how politics affects your job.  As public employees, decisions about your collective bargaining rights, your job security, and your wages and benefits are made by elected officials at the County, in Olympia, and in Washington D.C. 

The trouble is that politicians are heavily influenced by corporate lobbyists who don’t have your best interest at heart.  In fact, big business outspends working families on politics by more than 15-1, often pushing an anti-worker agenda.


King County Coalition of Unions - Bargaining Update

On October 8, King County presented an initial proposal to the Coalition of Unions over your successor COLA agreement that included a 2 percent flat-rate increase for each year starting in 2015.  The County is looking to move away from a CPI-based index to flat-rate wage increases in the future, a change that would make it harder for County employees to keep up with the rising cost of living. 

View the complete update here.


Tacoma Joint Labor - Health Insurance Update

After more than five months of negotiations, we are pleased to announce that the Joint Labor Committee has reached a tentative agreement with the City of Tacoma on health insurance for 2014.


911 Dispatcher's Letter Touts Tacoma's Prop 1

Proposition-1-in-Tacoma-photo.jpgCheck out this great letter 911 dispatcher Michelle Hensley published in today's Tacoma News Tribune in support of Tacoma's Proposition 1.  

Prop 1 would fix Tacoma streets and create dozens of good, Teamster jobs.  Hensley is a Local 117 member at South Sound 911.


Members at the City of Auburn Vote to Ratify New Contract

Members of Teamsters 117, working at the City of Auburn, have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their contract. 

The new agreement increases members' wages, protects their retirement security, and improves their health and welfare benefits.  The agreement will also save the city approximately $100,000, which can be used to help pay for road and safety improvements. 


Tentative Agreement Reached at City of Kent

After a lengthy bargaining process, we are excited to announce that we have reached a fully-recommended tentative agreement with the City of Kent.

The agreement improves wages, preserves benefits, and improves retirement security by increasing contributions into the Teamsters pension.


Tacoma Joint Labor Update - October 21

The City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Joint Labor Committee have been meeting on a regular basis to re-negotiate the entire Tacoma Joint Labor Committee Agreement. 

Healthcare benefits continue to be the primary issue. 


Port of Seattle Bus Drivers: Serving the Traveling Public

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In case you hadn't noticed, there's a new state-of-the-art rental car facility out at SeaTac Airport, and thousands of air travelers are shuttled in and out of the facility every day.  

Serving those customers are dozens of bus drivers, employed by the Port of Seattle.   They are members of Teamsters Local 117.  


Teamsters' Agreement Prevents Layoffs at Workforce Central

Workforce-Central.jpgMembers 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.


Teamster Retiree in Action!

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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!