It happens faster than you think: You come to work one day and realize you’ve got a target on your back. Even good, long-term employees with stellar performance reviews aren't immune.
Maybe you’ve got a new manager who wants to “shake things up” a bit, or your boss suddenly decides he wants to crack down on union supporters. Or maybe you’re facing turbulence in your personal life – a major illness or divorce – that is making it difficult to concentrate on the job.Read more
Members of Teamsters Local 117, employed at Workforce Central in Tacoma, have voted to forgo their contractual rights and significantly reduce their hours in order to prevent layoffs, which would have otherwise resulted during the federal government shutdown.
Without concessions by union members, the Tacoma-based agency, which relies heavily on federal funding to support its education and training programs for low-income adults, would have had to lay off over one third of its employees after $1.6 million in Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding dried up last week.Read more
Teamsters from around the nation, including three from Local 117, converged on Boston in September to join in an effort to organize thousands of workers in the city’s parking industry.
Yohannes Weldemariam, a 16-year member with Diamond Parking, Jigsa Yohanis, a 6-year member with Diamond, and Business Representative Paul Dascher partnered with Teamsters from Washington D.C., New Jersey, Minnesota, New York, and Canada for what was known as the “Boston Blitz.”Read more
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Across the country, working people are ramping up the fight to create and preserve good jobs.
After watching their wages stagnate or decline for decades now, workers are starting to turn up the heat on a small handful of corporate cronies who are trying to destroy the middle class.Read more
Teamster production workers and lab technicians, employed by Darigold, voted unanimously on Wednesday to reject the company’s latest contract proposal. Voting took place throughout the day during three meetings held at 10:30 A.M., 3:00 P.M., and 5:30 P.M at the Teamsters Union Hall in Tukwila.
“Darigold is disrespecting its workers and undermining the bargaining process,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “The company broke the law when they walked away from federal mediation, leaving no one with the authority to bargain. They have spied on workers and illegally attempted to circumvent the union.”Read more
On Thursday, September 19, your Local Union held its nominations meeting in a packed Union hall in Tukwila for all Teamsters 117 Executive Board positions for the coming three-year term.
At the meeting, Tracey A. Thompson, Local 117’s current Secretary-Treasurer, along with the entire Executive Board, were nominated, without opposition, to continue to lead the Union. Since there were no other nominations at the meeting, an election is not necessary.Read more
Teamster production workers and lab technicians, employed by Darigold, distributed leaflets at ten Walmart and Sam’s Club locations throughout the day today to inform consumers about the company’s multiple violations of federal labor law and the growing threat of a potential lockout or strike.
The workers handed out information and talked with shoppers at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in Renton, Puyallup, Federal Way, Auburn, Covington, Bellevue, and Seattle. Approximately 150 workers participated in the leafleting action.Read more
Darigold walked out of federal mediation late Monday night setting the stage for a potential lockout or strike at the company’s production facilities in Issaquah and Seattle. The walkout left no one with authority at the bargaining table, and was the latest in a series of unfair labor practices that undermine the bargaining process and foreshadow a possible labor dispute.Read more
Ken Marshall, a Local 117 member at the Monroe Correctional Complex, grew up just outside of Monroe, in the City of Sultan, and has lived there his entire life.
As a young man, Ken cared about his hometown so much that he decided he would run for political office there one day. Two decades later, that is exactly what he is planning to do, as he vies to retain his current spot on the Sultan City Council.Read more