Check out the new issue of the Guardian newsletter for Teamsters at the Department of Corrections. This issue focuses on upcoming contract negotiations that are scheduled to start in April as well as our priorities for the current legislative session in Olympia.
In addition, you will find articles on:Read more
The 2014 legislative session kicked off today in Olympia. We will be posting frequent updates on the website during session to report on the progress of your Union's legislative priorities.
In addition to getting information from the Local 117 website, there are many ways to stay informed about what our state's lawmakers are up to and how to get involved.Read more
To be declared unfit for duty as a corrections officer is devastating. It shatters your confidence, destroys your career, and implies a broken trust.
But when it is unjustified, as in the case of Officer Harlan Finch of WCC, you need the courage to challenge the DOC, and you need to have faith in your union. Officer Finch has both.
In 2011, Officer Finch was unexpectedly placed on administrative leave. He was an experienced officer, with 26 years at the Department. Yet despite his tenure, the Department was determined to undermine his career.Read more
A big Seahawks playoff game was due to start, but that didn’t stop the crew at Graybar Electric from gathering at their Union hall to prepare for contract negotiations.
Graybar distributes electrical and communications products to businesses across North America. Teamsters 117 represents members at the company’s facilities in Seattle’s SODO district and in Renton. Members in the warehouse receive, store, select, pack, and ship company inventory.Read more
Wondering what’s happening with our members in the taxi industry? Check out the new Fare Times newsletter.
In this issue you can read about:
- a generous donation by taxi drivers to the Northwest Harvest food bank;
- a new Taxi Ticket Program to help drivers who receive moving violations;
- a recent taxi political forum;
- taxi drivers' work to pass legislation in Olympia.
Check out the Fare Times here.
On December 17, Governor Inslee released his supplemental budget proposal, which includes $5.1 million for the opening of the 256-bed medium security unit at WSP to meet the demands of a rising male offender caseload and to reduce overcrowding.
In the supplemental capital budget, Inslee proposes $1.8 million to complete redesign studies on capacity issues for male and female prison populations.
Both levels of appropriation are necessary in order to ensure the safety, security, and well being of our state's correctional employees.Read more
Brothers and Sisters:
The Boeing Machinists are not the only ones seeing their defined benefit pension plans under attack. For the last several years, corporate-backed politicians and the media have been trying to gut the pensions of public employees in the name of "reform."
Typically these proposals favor moving workers from a defined benefit retirement plan to a 401k.Read more
We are in the process of preparing for collective bargaining over your successor labor agreement and for the first time we will have interest arbitration available to resolve any issues in negotiations that we cannot reach agreement on with the State/DOC. Our negotiations with the State begin in April and we have scheduled the arbitration for the last two weeks of August, 2014. We anticipate that we will need to present evidence to the arbitrator regarding the extent to which State compensation is deficient to comparable jurisdictions.
As we prepare for the hearing, we will be compiling data from other jurisdictions and developing evidence regarding the impact that the deficient pay scale has on recruitment, retention and promotion.
Your participation in the bargaining process is critical to achieving a strong contract that is acceptable to you.Read more
Teamsters 117 started the New Year off by giving back to the community.
On January 4, a team of Shop Stewards met up with John Scearcy, Local 117 President and Executive Assistant, to spend that cold winter morning volunteering at the Emergency Food Network’s repack project.
Their work involved repacking frozen cut corn, which had been donated in bulk, into two-pound, family-sized bags. Together, Jason Stepner, John Langenbach, Mike Reavey, Jason King and John Scearcy helped repack 6,400 pounds of frozen cut corn in a 3-hour shift.Read more
The new issue of the Teamsters South Sound newsletter is now available! This issue contains articles on a contract win at the City of Auburn, the dangers of so-called "Right-to-Work" laws, and tips about how to get more involved in your Union.
Check out the Teamsters South Sound newsletter here.