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Public Sector


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!


Tacoma Joint Labor Negotiations Update

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. 


KC Coalition Bargaining to Get Underway

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.


Welcome New Members in KC's Wastewater Division

Becky-Spithill.jpgPlease 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.