We are looking for volunteers who would like to help out with our participation in this summer's Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful program.
Founded in 1985, Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful organizes volunteer crews to paint the exteriors of homes of low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in Tacoma, Lakewood, and communities throughout Pierce County each summer. Since 1985, a total of 2,119 have been painted. In 2013, more than 500 volunteers helped to paint 37 houses!
Crews of Local 117 members and staff have painted 4 houses through the program.
This is a great way Teamsters can give back to the community. It's a lot of fun, extremely rewarding, and it will provide you with an opportunity to get to know other members of the Local.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Brenda Wiest at 206-441-4860 ext. 1256.
Congratulations to 64 warehouse workers at the IKEA distribution center in Frederickson, WA who voted overwhelmingly last night to ratify their first union contract. Welcome to Teamsters Local 117!
The workers came together seeking job security, respect, fair and equal treatment, and a voice at work.
“We are excited to have the strength of the Teamsters behind us,” said Mario Sapilak, a 4-year IKEA employee.
The new contract secures wage increases for the group, health and welfare protections, seniority rights, protections against arbitrary discipline, and a process for settling disputes.
The contract negotiation process began after workers voted to become Teamsters in an NLRB election on September 18.
Prior to the election, workers received letters of support from UNI – Global Union, which represents 20 million service sector workers worldwide, as well as unions in Sweden that represent workers at IKEA.
“Workers at IKEA showed incredible strength and solidarity throughout this process,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117. “They stuck together and stood up for fairness, equal treatment, and a voice at work. With this vote, they have joined a union of 16,000 members strong who will fight on their behalf. We are proud to have them standing with us.”
The new issue of Teamster Talk, the newsletter for members of Teamsters 117, is now available.
In this issue of Teamster Talk, you'll find articles on:
- Teamsters volunteering at Oso
- Our work to fight hunger
- Ways you can get involved in politics
- A recent organizing win at Sea-Tac Airport
- Our upcoming Car Show on June 21
The newsletter is available in PDF format. For print copies, talk to your Business Rep.
If turnout at this week’s Political Action Committee (PAC) meetings in eastern Washington is any indication, our political program is alive and well. Over 60 Local 117 members, who work at DOC facilities in Walla Walla, Connell, and Spokane, turned out to help build the program and to find out how to get involved.
At the meetings, Political Action Coordinator Dustin Lambro kicked things off with an overview of the 2014 election cycle, and he encouraged members to sign up for a range of activities, including candidate interview committees, voter registration, DRIVE sign ups, and participation in this fall’s voter contact work, which involves making calls and knocking on doors of fellow Union members to support candidates who stand up for working families.Read more
Workers at two ATZ-owned parking lots (Doug Fox and Shuttle Park2) that serve Sea-Tac Airport have voted to join Teamsters Local 117. The 40 workers came together seeking job security, fair and equal treatment, strong representation, and respect. The workers voted to become Teamsters in an NLRB election on April 18.
“We are excited to have the strength of the Teamsters behind us,” said Ahmed Dahir, a 2-year ATZ employee. “The union gives us a voice and a chance to make a better life.”
The ATZ employees transport passengers to and from Sea-Tac Airport. They perform the same work as their counterparts at other parking facilities servicing the airport, but they are excluded from receiving the benefits of SeaTac’s new minimum wage ordinance. Workers at the Shuttle Park2 lot are excluded because of the lot’s location just outside of the City of SeaTac; workers at the Doug Fox lot are excluded as a result of a King County judge’s ruling last December giving the Port of Seattle jurisdiction over the airport. That ruling has been appealed to the state Supreme Court.
“We’re not waiting for the courts to rule on this, we need respect now. Sea-Tac Airport brings millions of dollars into our community, but many workers are still struggling to make ends meet,” Dahir said.Read more
When tragedy strikes, a community finds strength in standing together. First responders rush to the scene, while neighbors, family, and co-workers step in to lend a helping hand. The Oso mudslide cut short the lives of at least 41 people, but it didn’t quell the spirit of those afflicted by the disaster.
Mike Andrews, a 7-year member with Aramark who lost his home in the slide, expressed deep gratitude for the help offered to him and his family. But it hasn’t been easy.
“It’s been a real struggle,” Andrews said. “With the water levels fluctuating, we’ve had a lot of challenges. We were able to rowboat in and collect some of our valuables. But the house is lost.”Read more
The DOC bargaining committee met in Tukwila yesterday to finalize preparations for negotiations over your 2015-2017 collective bargaining agreement.
Members of the team engaged in the final review process of proposals that were developed prior to and during the DOC Shop Stewards’ seminar on March 21. The proposals are based on your direct feedback through contract surveys and at demands meetings.
Bargaining will cover all elements of the contract, including wages, overtime provisions, leave, bidding rights, seniority, as well as a variety of other issues. The first session with State negotiators begins on April 23, in Tukwila. Bargaining is also tentatively scheduled for May 13 and 14 in Olympia.
Your Union’s Secretary-Treasurer Tracey A. Thompson, General Counsel Spencer Thal, and Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement Michelle Woodrow will serve as the lead negotiators on your Union’s bargaining committee.Read more
Effective immediately, members at the Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) will have two new Business Representatives.
Eydie Dean will cover WSP members whose physical work location is in the East Complex, plus engineering, maintenance, warehouse, and CI. Eydie's email address is Eydie.Dean@teamsters117.org and her cell phone number is 509-380-2167. She can also be reached at 1-888-872-3489 ext. 1268.
Tawny Humbert will cover WSP members whose physical work location is in the West/South Complex. Tawny's email address is Tawny.Humbert@teamsters117.org and her cell phone number is 509-220-2939. She can also be reached at 1-888-872-3489 ext. 1245.
Both Eydie and Tawny have extensive experience working in a prison environment and have been extremely effective at providing representation to members at the DOC.
Thank you for your patience as we implement this change, and as always, remember to stay safe.
Your Union is about bringing people together and creating a strong unified voice for working families. Teamsters 117 is also committed to building stronger communities. In that spirit, a group of 14 Teamsters volunteered for several hours on April 16 as a part of the Emergency Food Network's (EFN) Volunteer Repack Project.
EFN is the primary food distributor to more than 60 emergency food sites in Pierce County. To get this food distributed to the individuals and families in need, EFN enlists volunteers to help repackaging fresh, frozen, and dry bulk foods into smaller, family-sized portions.
If you would like to volunteer for future EFN efforts to help feed families in need, give us a call at 206-441-4860. Through May 12, Teamsters 117 is also sponsoring a Peanut Butter Drive to help feed hungry kids in Pierce County.
If you would like to participate or for more information, talk to your Shop Steward or Business Rep.