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Another scholarship opportunity for Teamster kids


Your kid need money for college? The General Teamsters Retirees Club is offering scholarships for the 2017 academic year. Application materials are available here.

The General Teamsters Retiree Club scholarship is open to sons, daughters, step-children and grandchildren of members of Teamster Locals #38, #66, #117, #174, #227, or #763.

The member may be either the parent who is in good standing and a dues paying member for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of application, or a grandparent who was a member in good standing for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of withdrawal or retirement. Teamsters Retiree Club scholarships are awarded to the selected winners for study at any accredited College, University or Vocational/Technical Schools. 

The deadline for applications is July 7, 2017.


King County Coalition of Unions working toward a Master Labor Agreement


The King County Coalition of Unions after their meeting on March 16. 

Our King County Coalition of Unions negotiated Total Compensation bargaining with the County last year covering basic compensation elements of your contract, which was overwhelmingly ratified by individual bargaining units within the King County Coalition of Unions.

As part of the agreement, we committed to bargain a Master Labor Agreement (MLA) based on the structure of the National Master Agreement between United Parcel Service (UPS) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 

The idea behind the Master Labor Agreement is to consolidate language in our contracts into one general agreement that will apply to all Unions in the Coalition that vote to accept the Master Labor Agreement as well as setting contractual minimums for all participating bargaining units to promote internal equity throughout the Coalition agreements.  Additionally, some Coalition bargaining units are simultaneously bargaining their individual contracts at the “small” or individual tables.

If we are successful in ratifying a Master Labor Agreement by the end of 2017, members of the Coalition will receive an additional 1 percent general wage increase effective January 2018.

Starting in January of this year, individual bargaining units began meeting to set their priorities for their individual bargaining unit negotiations.  We met with the County in February, established ground rules for bargaining, and received and reviewed the County’s initial comprehensive proposal for a Master Labor Agreement.  Our Coalition group has met in caucus on several occasions to prioritize contract provisions that we believe belong in the Master Labor Agreement and to draft the Union’s proposal.

On March 16, our Coalition of Unions met again in caucus to finalize our initial comprehensive proposal for the MLA. We will be ready to make our presentation of that proposal in our next meeting with the County on March 30.  

If you have questions, please contact your Bargaining Committee member or your Union Representative. We will have another update for you after the meeting on March 30.

Thank you for everything that you do.

Check out the video update from Lisa Huntley and Brian Pinney, two members of our Union bargaining committee:

King County Bargaining - Small Table Demands Meetings

We are in the process of scheduling demands meetings for members at King County to discuss upcoming small table bargaining. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and set priorities as we move into bargaining. 

We have dates set for members in some units. There will be more meetings scheduled over the next few weeks. Check back soon for information about meetings for your group. Thank you! 

Joint Units Agreement 2/7/2017 6:00-7:00AM Cedar Hills - Stores
Joint Units Agreement 2/13/2017 3:30-4:30PM Black Diamond Crew Rm
DNRP WTD PT&A 2/28/2017 12:00-1:00PM West Point Maint. Rm.
WTD PT&A 2/22/2017 2:30-3:30PM King Street - Rm 3E
WTD PT&A 2/22/2017 11:15-12:30PM Cedar River Training Rm.
KC JUA 3/2/2017 6:00-7:00AM Cadman Crew Room
DNRP WW Supervisors 3/7/2017 12 noon -1PM King Street - Room 8I
Joint Units Agreement 4/1/2017 3:30-4:30PM 1930 Boren Ave. Seattle
Joint Units Agreement 4/6/2017 7:30-8:30AM 1930 Boren Ave. Seattle
Joint Units Agreement 4/26/2017 3:00-4:00PM Renton Roads & Special Ops Breakroom
Joint Units Agreement 4/27/2017 6:30-7:30AM Fall City Breakroom

 If you have questions, please contact Pat Silvernale at pat.silvernale@teamsters117.org

Welcome, Carrie Barnett, New Union Rep!


Let's welcome Carrie Barnett, a new Union Rep at Teamsters 117. Before joining our Local 117 staff, Carrie worked in the Transit Division at King County, where she was a Shop Steward and participated in contract negotiations.

Carrie comes from a strong Union family - both her father and brother were active Union members. She has experience lobbying in Olympia, handling grievances, and is a delegate on the Martin Luther King County Labor Council.

Carrie will be representing members at the City of Seattle and several other public and private sector jurisdictions. In January, we sat down with Carrie and talked about her new position at our Local.

Talk about your experience becoming a Teamster.

The thing I noticed when I became a Teamster was the level of solidarity. When I came to my first membership meeting, I saw how many industries were represented in the room. We had DOC, we had grocery, we had bakery workers – all across the board. It was powerful.

Why did you get involved in the Union in the first place?

It’s some genetics – my dad was a union pipefitter from an early age and then became a union rep later in his career; my brother was quick to follow suit. It is my belief that the union’s role is not only to protect the members, but to fight for all workers’ rights.

If there is something you can achieve with your members, what would it be?

I’d like to see our membership expanded. We’re faced with some challenging times. The right-to-work threat is especially troubling by its deceptiveness. I think we can help each other, but if we don’t band together, we’ll be at a loss.

What is special about being a Teamster?

It’s like a second family. You know somebody’s always got your back. I think the Teamsters embody that sense of family.  I have a lot of respect for that.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I’m crafty - I like to crochet and make cards. And I’m active in my church - I play in the handbell choir and do the bookkeeping. 



Take Action! Call in today to preserve health care


There's an assault on health care in this country. Congress is threatening to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), block-grant the Medicaid system, and undermine Medicare through the use of vouchers.

Millions of Americans who currently have health care could lose their coverage. Seniors, children, and the disabled who rely on Medicare could be put at risk.

Join us Tuesday, January 10 in a national call-in day to tell Congress: We need health care, not chaos.

Call 866-426-2631 (Spanish: 877-736-7831).

Tell Congress: Show us your plan to lower healthcare costs and make improvements before taking vital healthcare, Medicare, and Medicaid away from millions of Americans, our children, and our aging parents.

For more information, visit the Health Care is a Human Right website.

King County Contract Survey - Small Table Bargaining


We are approaching negotiations for bargaining unit specific contracts and a Master Labor Agreement for Teamsters at King County. To prepare for bargaining, we've created a contract survey so that you can provide feedback.

Please take a few minutes to complete the online contract survey here. Be sure to complete your survey by January 13.

Your thoughtful, accurate answers are an important tool for your negotiating committee to determine your priorities.

Starting in January, we will also be holding individual bargaining unit contract proposal meetings at locations across the County. This is an additional opportunity for you to provide feedback and discuss priorities as a group. We are still working to finalize the schedule for all of the meetings, but you can view most of the dates, times, and locations here

We encourage you to complete the survey and attend the proposal meeting. Thank you!

King County Contract Meetings - Small Table Bargaining

We are approaching negotiations for bargaining unit specific contracts and a Master Labor Agreement for Teamsters at King County.

To prepare for bargaining, we have scheduled meetings for individual groups across the County. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on your contract and discuss priorities as a group. 

Please view the schedule of meetings listed below. We are still working to schedule additional meetings. Check back if your group is not listed.

If you haven't done so already, please fill out our online survey to provide additional feedback. Thank you! 

WTD Supervisors 1/3/2017 9:30AM South Plant - Duwamish Conf. Rm.
PAO 1/4/2017 11:30AM Juvenile Conf. Rm.
WTD Supervisors 1/5/2017 6:00AM Westpoint Adm.Build.
PAO 1/6/2017 11:30AM RJC Conf. Rm.
PAO 1/9/2017 11:30AM Courthouse Rm E746
KCIT 1/10/2017 11:30AM KSC - 8th Fl.
PT&A 1/11/2017 11:30AM KSC - Southwind Conf. Rm.
PT&A 1/13/2017 12:00PM Cedar Hills Conf Rm C
KCIT 1/19/2017 11:30AM Chinook Room 121
PT & Adm 1/24/2017 12:00PM Chinook Room 121/123

Pierce Co. Members Bring the Joy of Fantasy Lights to our Community


Teamsters at Pierce County Parks and Recreation are the brains and brawn behind Spanaway Park's Fantasy Lights.

Every year, families across our region flock to Spanaway Park to enjoy a dazzling display of holiday lights. People marvel at the colorful globes suspended like chandeliers from massive firs and the magnificent scenes of animated creatures, castles, and candy canes.

But who works to ensure that the Fantasy Lights show in Pierce County is a success? Teamsters, of course. A dozen or so Local 117 members, who are employed at Pierce County Parks and Recreation, assemble, install, and maintain the displays every year.

Their work starts in October with a creative brainstorm. Then, once the plan is in place, every snowflake is custom made, refurbished, painted, zip-tied, and hung. The entire project, complete with over 300 displays, takes about five weeks to set up. After the initial installation, there is round-the-clock maintenance and protection against vandalism. 

Welcome, Pat Silvernale, to Local 117!


Pat Silvernale comes to our Union with several years' experience negotiating contracts and representing union members.

Let's extend a warm welcome to Patrick Silvernale who joined our Local 117 staff effective November 21. Pat comes to our union with many years' experience negotiating contracts and representing members in the public and private sectors.

For the last three years, he represented members from the City of Tacoma, Pierce County and Clark County while at PTE Local 17. Prior to that, he worked for UFCW 21 for over ten years, first as a Union Representative, then as a Contract Negotiator.

Silvernale’s experience includes internal organizing, contract enforcement, building steward networks as well as steward training, labor-management work, grievance investigating and processing, and contract negotiations in both the public and private sectors.

"I understand the importance of workers standing together to improve working conditions."

“I am very appreciative and excited to be joining the staff at Local 117," said Silvernale. "Local 117’s reputation as a progressive leader in the Washington state labor community was the main reason I pursued working here."

Silvernale has lived in the Seattle area all of his life and comes from a strong union family.

“Growing up, I understood the importance of workers standing together to improve working conditions, benefits and wages for themselves, as well as future generations of union members. It’s these principles that drive me to do the work I love, helping others create a better life for themselves.

"I am honored to be serving the members of Local 117 and look forward to working with you and for you.”

King County update, next steps in bargaining


Members at King County tally up the ballots from the total comp contract vote.

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to keep you updated with the latest union news for Teamsters at King County.

Matt House is your current contact for any representational issues that arise in the workplace. Matt is our Business Representative Coordinator and can be reached at 206-441-4860 ext. 1242 or matthew.house@teamsters117.org. If you have an issue with your contract that cannot be resolved by your Shop Steward, please contact Matt.

We’re also excited to announce that we have hired Pat Silvernale who will be assuming the responsibility of bargaining several unit-specific contracts at King County. Pat is an excellent labor negotiator with many years’ experience bargaining union contracts in the public sector. Today was Pat’s first day at the Local and you will be seeing more of him soon!