Please give a raucous Teamsters’ welcome to twelve new Local 117 members at King County. The new group of clerical and administrative employees in the County’s Wastewater Division will be accreting into the Wastewater bargaining unit.
The group, formerly represented by the Technical Employees Association (TEA), spent over a year fighting TEA appeals, but has finally prevailed in their desire to become Teamsters.Read more
Teamsters laced up their boots on Saturday for the fourth annual Local 117 Soccer Tournament, held at the Tukwila Community Center.
There were players from six teams that participated in the event, including members from the grocery, dairy, steel, maritime, and taxi industries. In all, about 100 members and their families were on hand to enjoy the festivities.Read more
Teamster production workers and lab technicians who work at Darigold participated in “just practicing” picketing actions on Thursday at the company’s facilities in Issaquah and Seattle. Workers were protesting the company’s refusal to bargain in good faith.
“Darigold is performing well financially, but instead of negotiating fairly and respecting the work that its employees perform, the company appears intent on provoking a strike, or repeating the history of its bitter lockout ten years ago,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117.Read more
GCA Services Group Employees Unite For Respect And Higher Wages
On Aug. 26 workers at GCA Services Group joined Teamsters Local 117 in Tukwila, Wash. The employees who voted 91-44 in favor of Teamster representation are shuttle drivers, responsible for shuttling rental cars and other vehicles at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.Read more
Don't think for a second that just because you live in Washington State where union density is relatively high, that big business and corporate-backed politicians won't try to snatch away your collective bargaining rights or introduce so-called "right-to-work" legislation that is designed to destroy unions.
Just this past May, Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) introduced a bill that would have made Washington the 25th right-to-work state (SB 5935).Read more
The implementation of HB 2346, the DOC uniform bill, has been rocky to say the least, and the Department has admittedly handled the rollout poorly.
The DOC announced tentative distribution dates that have not been met, they bungled inventory issues, and they did not order all uniform items to the specs agreed to in bargaining.Read more
Over the past 50 years workers have been under attack, but in the past 20 years the fight has radically escalated.
When workers today try to organize into a union - and according to most surveys a clear majority of unorganized workers want union representation - they are faced with violent anti-worker campaigns run by union busters.Read more
We've all heard it before, maybe at a family gathering or at a get-together with friends: "Unions were important at one time, but we don't need them anymore."
How do we, as union members, respond in that situation? Do we uncomfortably look the other way, or do we speak up, and rise in defense of working people?Read more
It’s hard to be more committed to the labor movement than Aramark’s Tim Tracy.
Tim is a steadfast supporter and a 12-year Shop Steward, who is filled with ideas for promoting his Union.
He is also experienced in the art of tagging, aka graffiti art.Read more