The new issue of your Union's newsletter, Teamster Talk, is now available. Teamster Talk is a bi-monthly newsletter that provides a closer look at some of the issues impacting members of Teamsters 117.
In this issue, you'll find stories on a number of topics including:
- Local 117's participation in the MLK Day march and rally;
- A PERC ruling impacting members at DOC;
- Our Farm to Family Rally;
- Teamsters 117 Lobby Day;
- Teamsters volunteering in the community;
- A message from your Secretary-Treasurer, Tracey Thompson.
For print copies of Teamster Talk, talk to your Business Representative.
Two officers, members of Teamsters 117, were assaulted yesterday by an inmate in the library of the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. The officers were transported to a local hospital, where they were treated for injuries sustained in the attack, and then released.
The West Complex at the facility, where the attack occurred, is currently on restrictive movement.
The case is still under investigation. As details emerge, we will share them here. Once again, this incident, along with the assault on staff last week at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center, are a solemn reminder of how difficult and dangerous the work is of our state's correctional employees.
We can't thank them enough for the tremendous job they do every day in keeping our communities safe.
We have some great news out of Olympia! Representative Cyrus Habib's proposed legislation (HB 2152) that would lift the Labor & Industries requirement for taxi cab operators has just passed the State House of Representatives on a vote of 93-1!
The Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association (WWTCOA) and the Teamsters have been working hard to pass the bill since the start of legislative session on January 13. WWTCOA members testified at a Labor and Workforce Development Committee hearing on January 16, and dozens of drivers spoke to their representatives about the importance of the bill at our Teamster Lobby Day on January 28.
The next big fight will be in the Senate, where we will need to speak out in legislative hearings and meet with our State Senators. Under the bill, drivers would still have the option to participate in the State's L & I insurance program, but they could opt out if they so desired.
The new issue of our Local 117 Report from Olympia is now available.
This bi-weekly newsletter provides the latest updates on bills and initiatives from the 2014 legislative session that impact Teamster families.
This issue contains updates on:
- HB 1313 - the paid sick leave bill;
- HB 2152 - the taxi Labor & Industries bill;
- News about a full-scale performance audit of the DOC;
- News from our Teamster Lobby Day on January 28
For print copies of the newsletter, talk to your Business Representative.
Thank you to the many members who spoke with legislators in support of HB 2421, Representative Schmick’s bill, which would fund a study of DOC staffing levels. While the bill has been pulled from executive session and will not be moving forward this year, lawmakers have given good reason for doing so.
After speaking today with the State Auditor’s office, Representative Schmick, and legislators on the House Public Safety Committee, we have learned that the bill was pulled because a comprehensive performance audit of the DOC, which had been on hold due to pending litigation, is now underway.Read more
Representative Mike Sells of the 38th Legislative District has sent a letter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson requesting a legal opinion regarding supplemental pension options for state employees that exist outside of the state's plans.
The letter is similar to one that the Teamsters 117 Legal Department sent to Ferguson after he was elected in 2012.
An opinion by the AG's office would determine whether or not we are permitted under current state law to negotiate the Teamsters pension as an option into the DOC contract that can be voted on by the membership.Read more
The Clallam Bay Corrections Center is on lockdown after an offender stabbed a Local 117 corrections officer in the neck with a fabricated weapon at approximately 10:15 a.m. on February 3. The officer was taken to a hospital in Port Angeles, where he was treated and released.
The case is currently under investigation. We will provide more information as soon as it is available.
In the meantime, please remember to stay safe, cover your co-workers' backs, and send your thoughts and prayers to your fellow member at Clallam Bay.
For a sample of the representational work on behalf of Teamsters at the DOC for the month of January, check out the DOC facility news section of the website.
January was a busy month for DOC Teamsters. Contract surveys were mailed out to all members in the state, and we had our first Teamsters Lobby Day on January 28. You can view a more detailed look at representational work by facility here.
Keep in mind that the work described in the facility news section is not comprehensive. The section will be updated on a bi-monthly basis and can be accessed in the member center under Department of Corrections and Law Enforcement.
Any feedback or suggestions you have would be appreciated. Thank you!
Starting Monday, February 3, the DOC is required to post a ruling in favor of the Union by the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) indicating that the Department committed a series of Unfair Labor Practices on a statewide basis and that it must comply with the remedies outlined in the notice.
The notice must be posted at all DOC facilities for 60 days.
Thank you to all of the members who had the courage to speak out when your rights were violated and to the many Shop Stewards who helped represent them throughout the process.
A proposed settlement to a class action lawsuit involving AETNA may impact some Local 117 members employed at King County.
AETNA plan members who received services from out-of-network providers from March 1, 2001 through August 30, 2013 may be eligible for cash payment under the proposal.
If you qualify for payment, you must fill out and return a Claim Form (with any necessary supporting documentation) by first class mail, postmarked no later than March 28, 2014.
Your legal rights in the settlement as well as information about the case are outlined in a court-authorized notice. Be sure to read over the notice carefully to determine your eligibility and your options in the case.