The start of the New Year is a time when your soon-to-graduate (you hope!) high school senior can start combing the Internet for scholarship money for college.
Your Union is a good place to start for that. Teamsters Local 117 offers links to a number of scholarships for graduating seniors, including the Local 117 Jeff Alfieri Scholarship, the Hoffa Scholarship, the Union Plus Scholarship, among others.Read more
Taking a small first step toward delivering on a much publicized campaign promise, newly-elected Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced at a press conference on Friday that he would sign an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all city employees.
The wage hike would affect approximately 600 City workers, including a handful of Teamsters who are employed as ushers and admissions attendants at the Seattle Center.Read more
Today, 31,000 Machinists will be voting on Boeing’s latest contract proposal. The vote will take place throughout the day, at multiple locations, and the results won’t be known until later tonight. Read more about today's vote here.
For Machinists, and the rest of the labor community, there is much at stake. Boeing has indicated that they will relocate production of the 777X to another state if the Machinists do not approve the offer. That offer, which includes a number of well-documented concessions, would strip away the workers’ defined benefit pension plan and replace it with a 401k plan.Read more
The following is an update from the King County Coalition of Unions on the total compensation information session with the County:
This meeting was an opportunity for the County to make their case for the 2% “wage increase” proposal. Dwight Dively, the Budget Director from the King County Executive’s office met with the King County Coalition of Unions on December 12th to review the County’s budget forecast.Read more
For a sample of the representational work on behalf of Teamsters at the DOC for the month of December, check out the DOC facility news section of the website.
There has been a lot going at at the DOC in December. We held our annual holiday membership meetings at all of the facilties across the State, and we held trainings for all DOC Shop Stewards. You can view a more detailed look at our work by facility.
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.
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Today Governor Inslee released his supplemental budget proposal for 2014. In his proposal, the Governor appropriated $5.1 million in funding for “new prison capacity”, which will fund the opening of the remaining 256-bed unit at WSP to meet the demands of rising offender case loads and to reduce crowding at existing facilities.Read more
You’ll likely recall the 2011 reports of awful working conditions in Amazon fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States. Temperatures in some of the company’s warehouses back east rose above 110 degrees, causing workers to collapse and seek treatment for heat exhaustion.Read more