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Teamsters demand that the City of Kent honor its commitments


Local 117 members at the City of Kent pack Council chambers on Tuesday to demand a fair contract.

Teamsters at the City of Kent are fed up and speaking out. In bargaining, the City promised to restore some of the sacrifices that employees made during the recession starting back in 2008. Now, the City is backing off its prior commitments.

Employees took furlough days and endured a five-year wage freeze when times were tough, and City officials had given them their word. Once the City is back on secure financial footing, we’ll make it up to you, they said.

But the City’s proposals this contract cycle tell a different story. The City is insisting on higher out-of-pocket health care costs for City employees, and they’ve made little effort to rectify the sacrifices their employees made in the past. 

Safety and Service at King County


By Clementine Brewer
Customer Service Specialist III at King County

This past summer, the challenges of working in a public building came to a head.

For five months a homeless encampment consumed the patio behind the King County Administration Building. This generated stress for employees, but it also opened our eyes to the needs of the homeless community and improving safety in and around our workplace.

The camp was erected by a homeless advocacy group as a plea to government officials for much needed resources. To many, this was another chapter in Seattle’s ongoing homelessness crisis. But to those who work in the Administration Building, it was a stark reminder of the reality of working in a public space. For nearly half a year we witnessed and experienced the sanitary and safety concerns of the encampment.

King County Members Approve Total Comp Agreement


Members tally up the votes on the total comp agreement at the Teamsters hall in Tukwila on October 14. 

On Friday evening, member volunteers tallied up the votes on the total comp agreement between the Coalition of Unions and King County. You can view the results below: 



Professional & Technical and Administrative


Prosecuting Attorney Office


Wastewater Treatment Professional & Technical


Wastewater Treatment Supervisors


Wastewater Treatment Managers & Assistant Managers


Print Shop – Graphic Communications


Security Screeners – King County Sheriff’s Office


Administrator I – Transit DOT


Legislative Analysts – King County Council


Information Technology Managers & Supervisors


Joint Units Agreement


Public Defense Supervisors


City of Tacoma Joint Labor Tentative Agreement Document

Our Tacoma Joint Labor Committee has achieved a 2-year tentative agreement with the City of Tacoma over your 2017-2018 contract. You will have an opportunity to vote on the agreement soon.

We will be mailing out contract documents and voting instructions to all members in the unit on Monday, October 17. Ballots must be returned and received by our office by no later than October 31.

You can review all relevant contract documents below:

If you have questions, talk to your Business Representative Julie Yust at 206-441-4860 ext. 1275.

Your King County contract webinar - watch here!

At Teamsters 117, we're making an effort to find new and innovative ways to connect with as many members at King County as possible. 

Yesterday we had our first live webinar to give you an opportunity to learn about the tentative contract agreement from our total comp negotiations with the County. You can view the recorded webinar below:

We will have one more live webinar tonight from 7-8pm. You can register for the event here.

In addition to the webinars, we are holding 15 contract update meetings in locations across the County, including a meeting today in the King County Admin building (Lean Lab 300) starting at 11:30am. 

You can find a complete list of the scheduled meetings on our website here.

Thank you so much for the important services you provide to our community. If you have any other ideas about how we can improve member communications, please let us know.

King County Contract Update Meetings and Webinars

Our King County Coalition of Union has achieved a tentative agreement in total comp bargaining with the County. The proposal is fully recommended by the Union bargaining committee.

We will be holding contract update meetings in multiple locations around the County and two live webinars. The first webinar was held on September 28. You can view a recording of it below:

There will be one more opportunity to participate in a live webinar so you can ask questions.

Live Webinar - King County Total Comp  - Register Here!

At the meetings, we will present the proposal and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.

View the days, times, and locations of the meetings below. 

Tuesday 9/20/2016 11:30AM King Street Center
Tuesday 9/20/2016 2:30PM Renton Roads
Wednesday 9/21/2016 12:00PM West Point
Thursday 9/22/2016 11:30AM Cedar Hills
Thursday 9/22/2016 2:30PM Cadman Roads
Friday 9/23/2016 11:30AM Regional Justice Ctr.
TBD TBD TBD Fall City Roads
Monday 9/26/2016 11:30AM Chinook Building
Monday 9/26/2016 2:30PM Black Diamond Rds
Tuesday 9/27/2016 11:30AM King Co Elections
Thursday 9/29/2016 11:30AM King Co Admin
Friday 9/30/2016 8-9AM, 4-5PM Dutch Shisler Ctr
Friday 9/30/2016 11:30AM KC Superior Ct
Tuesday 10/3/2016 11:30AM KC Youth Services Ctr


Coalition Achieves Tentative Agreement with King County

I’m excited to announce a major breakthrough in our total comp bargaining with King County.

Late yesterday afternoon, our Coalition of Unions achieved a tentative agreement with the County over all compensation elements in your contract. The agreement is fully recommended by your Union bargaining committee.

The agreement includes a 2.25 percent general wage increase in 2017 for all coalition members and a 2.75 percent increase in 2018 provided that the Union signs onto a separately-negotiated Master Agreement by the end of next year.

For the first time, the work of King County Union members will be recognized through a Coalition Premium and a separate wage table for Coalition members.

The agreement will increase the employer contributions to your health and welfare coverage. This means you will not pay any additional health care premium costs for 2017-2018.

We also achieved one additional vacation day added in 2017 and two vacation days added in 2018.

You can view an update from the Coalition with more details about the agreement here.

Our journey through the total comp bargaining process started over a year ago. It’s been an incredibly challenging experience. There have been many points along the way when it looked like negotiations would fall apart.

Our commitment, perseverance, and the outstanding work of your Union bargaining committee kept us together. Our team brought the voice of the entire membership to the table in powerful, persuasive ways.

I hope you’ll join me in extending my gratitude and appreciation to our entire team.

Over the next several weeks, we will coordinate meetings across the County to discuss the proposal. You will have an opportunity to vote on the agreement before the end of the year. We’ll let you know as soon as we have more information about the voting process.

Thank you for the important service you provide to our community and thank you for your membership in Teamsters Local 117.

Every Voice Counts Project Continues to Grow At King County


Teamsters Local 117 members at the Renton Roads Maintenence Facility attend an Every Voice Counts event

Local 117 Members at King County are Coming Together to Build a Stronger Union

From the King Street Center in downtown Seattle to the Roads Maintenance shop in Fall City, Local 117 members at King County have been building member power.

Teamsters across King County are meeting as part of our Every Voice Counts project. This project builds strength through member engagement.

Teamster Zookeepers Invite You to Bowling for Rhinos Fundraiser!

Bowling_for_Rhinos.jpgOur members at the Woodland Park Zoo are active in organizing the annual Bowling for Rhinos fundraiser.

This is a great, family-friendly event that helps support rhino conservation around the world. The event will take place on Sunday, September 11 at the University of Washington Hub games area. There will be bowling, pool, a raffle and an awesome buffet dinner.

Register here!

If you can't make the bowling party, you can help strike out extinction by ordering a Bowling for Rhinos T-Shirt.

Our Teamsters 117 E-Board made a contribution to support the event at our members' request.

Any Teamster interested in participating or supporting the event can get in touch with Stephanie Miller at stephaniemiller3@me.com.

Cautious Optimism in King County Total Comp Bargaining

We may be on the verge of an important breakthrough in our Total Comp negotiations with King County. This is great news, especially given the profound challenges we have faced over the last nine months of bargaining.

The County is still reviewing our latest proposal and will likely respond soon. Although we have not yet reached a tentative agreement, we are cautiously optimistic that a deal we can recommend to the membership is within sight.

Our Coalition of Unions met with the County again on Friday, July 29. In that session we made significant progress toward our goals. Those goals include across-the-board wage increases in both years of the contract, protection of our health and welfare benefits without premium share, and a separate wage table for Union Coalition members.