You can help feed hungry kids in Pierce County by bringing a peanut butter donation to your Union Hall or giving it to your Business Rep!
The backpack program is an initiative that allows kids who may not have access to food over the weekend to prepare healthy meals for themselves.
Here’s how you can help local families and hungry children:
- Bring a jar (or more) of peanut butter to work and your Shop Steward will get it to your Business Rep. You can also bring your donations by the Union Hall.
- Ask your co-workers to donate peanut butter and remind them to buy it at a Union store like Fred Meyer or Safeway.
- Put a flyer for the program up in your shop.
Get your donations in by May 12! Thank you for helping to fight hunger!
Check out the new issue of Dock Talk, the newsletter for Local 117 members in the grocery warehouse industry.
Grocery distribution is one of our core industries, and this summer we are gearing up for contract negotiations with the four major grocery houses - Fred Meyer, Safeway, SuperValu, and Unified Grocers.Read more
The Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) is located just under forty miles Southwest of Oso, WA where one of the worst disasters in our State's history occurred on Saturday, March 22. The impact of this natural event did not appear at first to have the breath of death and destruction that we now know occurred.
As usual, when disasters strike our communities, our City, State, or Country First Responders and Public Safety professionals respond to the call of any need for rescue operations and support.
DOC members who work at MCC have heard that call and have volunteered to assist operations at the disaster site as well as in other vital ways.
Sergeant Jimmy Fletcher turned a day off into a day on-site when he made himself available to help in any way needed. Fletcher wrote about his experience:
Join us at the Tacoma Citizens' Forum on April 8th at 5:30 PM at Tacoma City Hall to speak out in support of Paid Sick Days for all Tacoma residents.
Teamsters 117 is part of the Healthy Tacoma Coalition, an organization that is making progress with Councilmembers on moving an ordinance forward, but we need your help to reinforce what we’ve been saying all along:
- Paid Sick Days are the right thing to do; and 40% of Tacoma workers shouldn't have to suffer.
40,000 workers in Tacoma don’t receive a paid day off to take care of themselves or a loved one. We believe that every worker should be treated with dignity, and have the ability to perform in a safe and healthy workplace.
Today I pose the question: How would you like to be part of a union that is built, designed, and ready for the 21st century. Well guess what? You are a part. A part of a well–oiled fighting machine that is ready for this war on workers.
Teamsters Local 117 is not like most unions. Instead of waiting for change, we change things. Instead of waiting for employers to treat us with respect, we demand respect. In a word, we adapt. Adapt to the climate of the world we live in, while teaching members to adapt within their workplace environment.
So how did we get here?Read more
Workers at SeaTac's Extra Car Parking picketed the company today over retaliation and lost wages.
View photos from today's action here.
The workers, who were joined by community activists and members of Teamsters 117, were fired after they asked Extra Park to comply with SeaTac Proposition 1 and pay them $15/hr, paid sick days, and other benefits approved by SeaTac voters last year.
Wayne Armstrong was the first employee to be fired after filing the complaint. He and other employees are paid $10.32/hour despite the fact that Extra Car Parking has more than 100 parking spaces (it has 5 lots throughout SeaTac) and employs more than 25 non-managerial employees (estimated more than 40). Those are the two thresholds set by Prop 1 for businesses.
Competitor employers, like MasterPark, are complying with Prop 1 and have not laid off any employees.
Given the onslaught of attacks on labor, unions are far too often forced into a corner, dodging punches left and right – trying to avoid hitting the mat while the corporate bullies slander the ring with their anti-union rhetoric and jam-packed pocketbooks. This forces unions into a reactionary position, trying to stave off the next blow.
One of the ways that Local 117 avoids getting trapped into this cycle of reactivity is by engaging in a comprehensive strategic planning process every three years.
By making a concerted effort to plan for the future, we are able to set the tone for what’s to come by identifying short and long-term goals and building strategies for achieving those goals. Some successes resulting from the previous plans have included, establishment of a local union strike fund, increased public sector organizing, insuring our financial stability, and expanding our visibility and public presence. In sum, by setting our priorities and finding strategies for achieving our goals, we have been able to take a proactive approach to planning for the future and continue to improve our ability to advocate for working families.Read more
Taxicab operators, who are members of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA), filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court on Monday, alleging that Uber is in violation of city, county, and state laws and regulations that govern the Puget Sound area’s personal transportation industry.
“Uber is not playing by the rules like the rest of us are, and local, small business owners like myself and our families are suffering as a result,” said Parminder Cheema, a taxicab operator and elected member of the WWTCOA’s leadership council. “The community is at risk as well. If things don’t change, somebody might get hurt.”
According to the complaint, Uber is engaging in “an unlawful and deceptive business practice which harms the economic interests of taxicab drivers.”Read more
Nothing says union power more than hundreds of Teamster Shop Stewards gathered together in one room chanting, "When we fight, we win!" That's exactly what we heard on Saturday, as the voices of 275 Local 117 Stewards echoed through the halls of the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle at our annual Shop Steward Seminar and Appreciation Day.
Check out photos from the event here. Thank you to Erik Olsen of Seattle Cold Storage for contributing photos of the seminar.
Secretary-Treasurer Tracey Thompson kicked off the event by providing Stewards with an outline of our union's strategic plan and vision for the future:
Following Tracey, Lori Pfingst, our keynote speaker, the Research Director of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center, delved into one of the defining issues of our time, income inequality, and how we all must band together to restore fairness and equilibrium for working people.
Our General Counsel and Associate General Counsel, Spencer Thal and Daniel Swedlow, were brilliantly entertaining during a 'stump the attorneys' session at lunch, and the two break-out sessions on 'Right to Work' and 'Putting the Team Back in Teamsters' provided an opportunity to exchange best practices and prepare for legislative fights looming on the horizon.
Thank you to the tremendous work that our Shop Stewards perform every day. You are the eyes and ears, the indispensable rank-and-file leaders who make Local 117 a great union that cares for and is committed to defending and expanding the rights of all working people. We are grateful for your service.
For those who attended the seminar, it would be great to hear your reaction below. What did you like? What would you like to see more of next year? What can you take with you to your fellow members back in your shops?
DOC Shop Stewards from across the state met in Seattle on Friday for their annual seminar and to prepare for upcoming contract negotiations. The day kicked off with the group reviewing the results of contract surveys that a record number of members had filled out.
The surveys identified several priorities that your Union's bargaining committee will use to develop proposals. One of the most important priorities, of course, is compensation. In the state's last salary survey, published in 2009, the state identified many DOC job classifications that are paid up to 25% or more below the market average.
The Stewards also spent a great deal of time discussing our newly-won interest arbitration rights with Local 117's General Counsel Spencer Thal and Associate General Counsel Daniel Swedlow.Read more