Our union’s bargaining with the DOC does not stop after the completion of contract negotiations. Throughout the year, we bargain with the State over a number of issues impacting your work.
In 2017, we have filed demands to bargain over newly-organized units, newly-created FTEs, the elimination of certain classifications, and many other issues.
Most recently, a group of member leaders (LouAnn Anderson, Phillip Cook, John Dunn, Becky Haney-Nixon Venus Ortiz, Jessica Poston, and Shawn Piliponis), along with union representatives Tawny Humbert and Sarena Davis, met with the State to bargain over the Advanced Corrections Case Management program impacting classification counselors.
Bargaining took place here at our Teamsters Union Hall in Tukwila on Wednesday, October 24.
At the bargaining table, our member team and union representatives discussed the excessive workload demanded by the program and the emotional impact of the work. We passed our complete initial proposal and the State asked clarifying questions. We are in the process of scheduling further dates to continue discussions over the program.
It’s important to remember that any time the DOC implements changes that may impact your wages, hours, or working conditions, they are required to enter into negotiations with the union. Failure to do so constitutes an Unfair Labor Practice.
Stay vigilant and report any such changes to your shop steward or union representative so that we can file a demand to bargain. This is your right as a Teamsters 117 member under your contract and under the law.
If you have questions about the recent bargaining over the Advanced Corrections program, please contact lead negotiators Tawny Humbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarena Davis at email@example.com.
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Master Labor Agreement (MLA) bargaining between our Coalition of Unions and King County has been an extremely challenging process that has lasted for six months.
Our union bargaining team has worked hard to incorporate the strongest possible language from the myriad of County contracts into the MLA.
Yesterday was our last scheduled bargaining session, and although we have TA'ed many articles, we still have not reached a final tentative agreement with the County.
The Coalition chairs, Denise Cobden (PTE 17) and Michael Gonzales (Teamsters 174), put out a brief statement today to update members on the status of bargaining. We should have a more complete update some time next week.
Members of our Local 117 union coalition team representing Teamsters at King County in MLA bargaining.
King County Master Labor Agreement (MLA) bargaining is getting down to the wire. The county is interested in ushering any tentative agreement reached with the coalition through the county’s contract transmittal process by December 28. To meet that timeline, they have proposed wrapping up MLA negotiations by next week and small table bargaining by October 2.
Our union coalition is committed to achieving the best possible agreement on behalf of the membership based on your feedback. We are amenable to the county’s timeline, but not if it means sacrificing our priorities at the bargaining table.
Any agreement reached by our coalition and the county is subject to ratification by the individual bargaining units in the coalition. If we are able to reach an agreement with the county, we anticipate giving you the opportunity to vote on the MLA this fall.Read more
Local 117 members have been working as a part of a broad coalition of unions to negotiate a Master Labor Agreement with King County.
We wanted to update you on the status of the Master Labor Agreement (MLA) negotiations between our coalition of unions and King County.
As you know, these negotiations started in March and have been ongoing throughout the summer. Our goal in bargaining is to consolidate the best language from contracts across the county into one general agreement that will apply to all unions in the coalition that vote to accept the MLA.
On July 29 and August 3, our coalition met, without the employer present, in caucus to discuss the county’s most recent proposals and to develop a strategy moving forward.
We are addressing issues that the membership identified, such as vacation leave, other kinds of leave (bereavement, jury duty, organ donor, donated, executive, etc.), volunteer time, holidays and eligibility, reclassification, special duty, professional development, longevity and merit pay, term-limited temps, and working out of classification.
Again, we are proposing to incorporate the strongest language found in county contracts on those issues for the purposes of the MLA.Read more
From R to L: Lance Asher, Tim Smith, Steven Martin, and Douglas Trotter, and John Scearcy
Our members at Viking Sprinkler voted unanimously today to ratify a new three-year contract.
The agreement, which was negotiated by our Union's Secretary-Treasurer, John Scearcy, provides wage and pension increases, and significant improvements to the employees' dental coverage.
"We're really happy with this contract, it's probably the best we've had," said Tim Smith, a member of over 20 years. "John worked his tail off getting us a good contract."
"We're really happy with this contract, it's probably the best we've had."
Our Shop Steward, Douglas Trotter, who participated in negotiations, agreed:
"I'm feeling really good about this contract. It's always a pleasure to have John Scearcy come in and facilitate the negotiations. I feel honored to have had him on board with this one."
Trotter has been with the company for 14 years, and has been a Shop Steward for nine.
Another member, Steven Martin, who came to Viking from a non-Union shop just eight months ago, was also pleased. "This whole Teamster Union thing is new to me. You get way better benefits, better medical. Overall everything is much better."
Teamsters Local 117 represents approximately 65 Zookeepers and Warehousers at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Last week, Local 117 bargainers, together with their respective rank-and-file bargaining committees, reached tentative agreement on contract proposals at two locations.
Our Union team at the Woodland Park Zoo reached tentative agreement with zoo management last Thursday. Our Shop Steward at the Zoo, Peter Miller, is in the process of proofing the proposal. The group will be voting on the agreement in mid-April.
We also reached tentative agreement for a contract proposal on behalf of members at Quality Custom Distribution (QCD). The agreement comes after the group had voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike on March 19.
Members at QCD deliver food service products to Starbucks stores across the Pacific Northwest. Our QCD bargaining committee has scheduled a contract vote here at the Union hall this coming Sunday, April 2 at 2:30 P.M.
As soon as both groups have an opportunity to review and vote on their contract proposals, we will let you know.
Last night, a half a dozen Teamster Union Reps, including Secretary-Treasurer John Scearcy, and Vice President Marcus Williams, visited members at the United Natural Foods, Inc warehouse in Auburn.
The group was out after last night's quarterly membership meeting to invite members to tomorrow's contract update meeting at the Union hall in Tukwila starting at 12 noon.
Many Teamsters and community members will remember the contentious three-month UNFI strike that took place at the facility in 2012-13.
Five years later, we're back in bargaining with the company again and will be getting into conversations about economics soon.
Our members who work at UNFI need to know that we have their backs no matter how negotiations turn out!
Your Union bargaining committee had its second and third sessions with the State on May 13 and 14 in Olympia to negotiate over your 2015-2017 collective bargaining agreement. Additional bargaining is scheduled for June 4 and 5, June 25 and 26, and July 8 and 9.
In the first bargaining session, which took place on April 23 in Tukwila, your Union presented its complete non-economic proposal to the State. This involved opening several Articles of your contract based on your input from surveys and at our demands meetings.
In the May 13 session, the State presented its initial non-economic proposal and responded to our proposal. We were able to make some good progress with respect to non-economic issues, and by the close of bargaining on May 14, we had tentatively agreed to several key Articles of the contract.
Your Union bargaining team is led by Secretary-Treasurer Tracey Thompson, General Counsel Spencer Thal, Associate General Counsel Daniel Swedlow, and Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement Michelle Woodrow. Your team consists of all DOC Business Representatives as well as the following rank-and-file members:Read more