The fall issue of our DOC Guardian newsletter is hot off the press!
In this issue, you'll find a story about a true Teamster hero, William Flores, who apprehended a runaway inmate from the Olympic Corrections Center near Forks.
You'll also find articles about the work of our DOC Retirement Committee and news about the independent audit report that identified severe staffing shortages in WA State prisons.
Print copies will be distributed at your facility over the next few weeks.
The summer issue of our DOC Guardian newsletter is hot off the press!
In this issue, you'll find a recap of the 2019 legislative session in Olympia, which featured a number of critical wins for Teamsters at the Department of Corrections.
The highlights include passage of a DOC interest arbitration bill, the full funding of our DOC contract, and the restoration of our right to carry a concealed weapon off duty without having to purchase a permit.
You can access a PDF of the newsletter here; print copies will be distributed by member leaders at your facilities in the coming weeks.
In this issue, you'll find an overview of our goals for the 2019 legislative session in Olympia as well as the status of the bills we are tracking.
Other highlights include a tribute to Richard Coleman, an officer at the Washington State Penitentiary, who is retiring this month as well as the announcement of Legislative Director Brenda Wiest as the new Vice President of our Union's Executive Board.
You can view the new Guardian online here. Print copies will be distributed over the next few weeks by a committee of shop stewards and member leaders.
If you would like to volunteer to help distribute the Guardian or have an article to contribute, please reach out to your Union Representative.
The new issue of our DOC Guardian newsletter is hot off the press!
Get caught up on our interest arbitration award, the new DOC contract, and our upcoming Teamsters lobby day on February 26-27 of next year.
You can also read about our new Membership Benefits Plus program and a shop steward at Airway Heights who hosted a barbecue to educate her co-workers about how to keep our union strong in a post-Janus world.
Check out a PDF of the Guardian online here. Print copies will be available for members at the facilities over the next few weeks.
Teamster corrections employees rally on the steps of the state capitol in Olympia on February 13.
The spring issue of our Guardian newsletter is hot off the press! In this issue, you can get caught up on the following stories impacting Teamsters who work at the Department of Corrections:
- Strong turnout at our DOC Lobby Day
- DOC stewards preparing for upcoming contract negotiations
- A successful legislative session in Olympia
- New DOC union representative, Amy Ford
You can access the Guardian online; print copies will be distributed at our upcoming contract proposal meetings over the next two weeks.
The winter issue of the Guardian, our newsletter for Teamsters who work at the Department of Corrections, is now available!
In this issue, you'll find information on how to register for our upcoming Legislative Reception and Lobby Day on February 12-13, 2018 and an article on how members are starting to prepare for open shop, which is likely coming to DOC next year.
You can access a PDF of the Guardian online here. A number of member leaders will be distributing print copies over the next few weeks.
The new issue of the Guardian, our newsletter for Teamsters who work at the Department of Corrections, is now available. In this issue, you'll find articles on:
- successfully getting our 2017-2019 contract funded;
- more correctional employees joining Teamsters;
- our new associate general counsel, Marie Duarte;
- plans to fortify our union at the DOC;
- and more!
You can access an electronic copy of the Guardian online here. For print copies, talk your your union representative.
The new issue of our Guardian newsletter is now available. The Guardian focuses on news and information for our members who work at the Department of Corrections.
In February, we had our biggest, most successful Lobby Day ever, with 230 members and their families converging on the State Capitol in Olympia. Check out photos from the event in the Guardian here.
The newsletter also contains news of recent organizing at the Department of Corrections, with several unrepresented groups electing to join Teamsters.
You can access the Guardian newsletter online. For print copies, talk to your Shop Steward or Business Rep.
The Guardian focuses on news and information for our members who work at the Department of Corrections.
For DOC Teamsters, there's a lot going on. We recently achieved at least a 10.5 percent raise for all members over the next two years through the interest arbitration process.
We also achieved an improved vacation schedule and interest arbitration rights in the DOC contract moving forward.
Our economic gains through arbitration must be approved by the state legislature, however. That's why we're gearing up for a big Legislative Reception and Lobby Day event on February 13-14.
You don't have to be a DOC member to join us at that event!
You can read about the contractual and interest arbitration gains as well the Lobby Day event in the new Guardian. You'll also find an article that highlights the work of Officer Hector Padilla on the DOC Honor Guard at AHCC.
You can access the Guardian newsletter here. For print copies, talk to your Shop Steward or Business Rep.
We’ve come a long way since the last issue of our Guardian newsletter. We completed the bargaining process and achieved some meaningful improvements to our DOC contract. We also made a strong case to significantly raise wages at our interest arbitration hearing.
We expect the arbitrator to issue a decision on a general wage increase as well as on other compensation elements of our contract by the end of this month.
With so much to report, I'm excited to announce the fall issue of our Guardian newsletter.
In this issue, you'll find a report from the interest arbitration hearing, a story about a WSP member who is running for office, and an editorial piece by our Union’s Secretary-Treasurer, John Scearcy.
You can access a PDF of the newsletter here. For print copies, talk to your Shop Steward or Business Representative.
Thank you and stay safe!
President and Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement