The new issue of Teamster Talk is now available! This issue has articles on:
- Our contract win at Darigold
- Teamsters supporting the Machinists
- Right-to-work (for less) laws that would hurt workers
- The fight for $15/hr in SeaTac and Seattle
- Upcoming legislative session
- Our Holiday Membership Meeting on Dec. 19
For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.
Teamster production workers and lab technicians, employed by Darigold, have overwhelmingly ratified a new labor agreement that provides wage increases, health care protections, and retirement security for 220 workers and their families. The contract vote took place on Sunday, December 8.
“Teamsters at Darigold showed tremendous solidarity and resiliency throughout the bargaining process,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “The strength of our members and our strong community partnerships made this deal possible.”Read more
Fresh from the Proposition 1 victory in the City of SeaTac that will dramatically improve wages and working conditions for over 6,000 low-wage workers at SeaTac Airport, Teamsters 117, together with a number of other unions, is taking the fight to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour to Seattle.
Workers launched the “Fight for $15” campaign by marching 15 miles, from the airport in SeaTac to downtown Seattle, where they held a rally on the steps of City Hall on December 5.Read more
On October 8, King County presented an initial proposal to the Coalition of Unions over your successor COLA agreement that included a 2 percent flat-rate increase for each year starting in 2015. The County is looking to move away from a CPI-based index to flat-rate wage increases in the future, a change that would make it harder for County employees to keep up with the rising cost of living.
View the complete update here.Read more
As our region braces for a severe cold spell, with temperatures expected to plunge into the 20s, homeless families and other residents of Nickelsville are asking members of Teamsters 117 for their help.
Here are the top ten items homeless families in Nickelsville need. Your donations are appreciated more than you can imagine.Read more
It's that time of year again when members of Teamsters 117 will be gathering together at their Union hall by the hundreds for solidarity and our annual raffle drawing. This year's holiday meeting will take place on Thursday, December 19 at 7 P.M.
Dozens of prizes are awarded each year, including iPods, Wiis, power tools, bottles of wine, gift cards and televisions sets. All of the gifts are purchased from companies with whom Local 117 has a bargaining relationship.Read more
Brothers and Sisters:
I’m a Teamster lab technician, and I work in Darigold’s corporate lab in Tukwila. It’s my job to test the milk and other dairy products your family enjoys to make sure that they are healthy and safe.
But Darigold is not valuing my work. Instead the company is engaging in a campaign of intimidation directed at those of us who have worked so hard to make the company profitable.Read more
Brothers and Sisters:
When workers go on strike, it is the ultimate test of union solidarity. Who crosses the line and who is willing to risk their livelihood to stand together with their brothers and sisters makes all the difference.
But you don’t need a picket line to show union solidarity. Solidarity is also about giving back to your community.Read more
Teamsters joined hundreds of union members last night at Westlake Park in the heart of downtown Seattle to stand in solidarity with Boeing Machinists who resoundingly rejected a company proposal, which would have converted the workers' pension plan to a 401k, slowed wage progression, and have forced workers to shoulder more of the cost of health care.Read more
Gracious is the word that springs to mind when you talk about Dr. Tamara Russell.
This summer, Dr. Russell, a Teamsters 117 member who oversees a group of mental health clinicians at the Washington State Penitentiary, received an award from the American Psychological Association for her outstanding and innovating work at the facility.
But instead of claiming even an ounce of credit for the award, Dr. Russell praises her staff for their dedication, creativity, and commitment.Read more