January 29th marks the three-year anniversary of the death of Jayme Lee Biendl, the Correctional Officer and member of Teamsters Local 117 who was tragically murdered at the Monroe Correctional Complex in 2011. For all of us, Officer Jayme Lee Biendl made the ultimate sacrifice, and we will never forget her.
In a short video, one of Officer Biendl's co-workers, Sergeant Michael Boe, remembers his fallen Sister.
Teamster 117 members from all corners of Washington State converged on Olympia today for the first Local 117 lobby day of the 2014 legislative session.
Members came from as far as Spokane, Walla Walla, the Tri-Cities, Clallam Bay, Aberdeen, Monroe, Vancouver and many other locations to speak with their legislators about critical issues facing Teamster families.Read more
You shouldn’t have to choose between your health and your job. It seems straightforward enough, but every day workers in restaurants, child care centers, grocery stores, and offices across our state are faced with that very decision.
On Wednesday, January 29 the Washington State House of Representatives passed a bill (HB 1313) that would enable workers the right to earn paid sick leave. This is great news for workers, but now the bill heads to the State Senate, where it faces stern opposition from legislators who want to deprive workers of this basic right.
Hundreds of thousands of workers in our state currently don't have the right to earn paid sick days. That means they have to choose between going to work sick or not getting paid. It means they have to lose a day's pay when they stay home to care for a sick child. Many workers are simply fired when they call in sick.
- A widespread lack of paid sick leave poses public health risks;
- Paid sick leave helps protect the victims of domestic violence;
- Paid sick leave contributes to a strong economy;
- Employers' experience with paid sick leave is generally positive.
TAKE ACTION NOW! Call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and tell your State Senator in Olympia to pass Paid Sick Leave legislation! Everyone deserves the right to earn paid sick leave!
Check out the latest news from the 2014 legislative session in Olympia with our Teamsters 117 Report from Olympia. This issue outlines our legislative priorities for 2014 and gives a day-by-day account of our involvement with respect to a number of important bills that would impact working families.
The Report from Olympia will be published every other Friday throughout the legislative session. To request a print copy of the report, talk to your Business Representative.
View a PDF version of our Report from Olympia here.
Last year, on our Teamsters Lobby Day, members at the Department of Corrections were joined by dozens of Teamsters from other industries, including 40 Teamster taxi drivers and several Local 117 members, who at the time were on strike at United Natural Foods, Inc.
DOC members had come to Olympia that day to lobby for interest arbitration rights, which we ultimately won by way of an MOU signed by the Governor last year. But they also voiced their support of their fellow Teamsters in the taxi industry and on issues such as workers’ comp, FMLA, and paid sick days. Similarly, taxi drivers spoke about the need to pass their own taxi bill, but they lobbied their representatives on interest arbitration as well.Read more
Teamsters 117 joined thousands of community members for the annual MLK Jr. Day March and Rally in Seattle on Monday.
It was a daylong celebration honoring the slain civil rights leader, with workshops in the morning, an 11 A.M. rally, and a noonday march from Garfield High School in Seattle’s Central District to Westlake Park downtown.
The need to address growing income inequality and the effort to raise the minimum wage were central themes of the day.
Hundreds of marchers filled the streets, carrying $15 Now! signs, and chanting, “What do we want? $15! When do we want it? Now!”Read more
Farm workers, Farm to Family Coalition members, and their supporters rallied at Darigold Corporate Headquarters in Seattle on Thursday to demand that the company put a stop to the abuse of workers on the farms that supply Darigold’s milk.
View photos from yesterday's rally.
Dairy workers, who had traveled from eastern Washington to attend the event, described squalid conditions on the farms. They spoke of rest and meal breaks denied by their employers, a lack of access to clean drinking water, and rampant wage theft.Read more
The 2014 legislative session kicked off today in Olympia. We will be posting frequent updates on the website during session to report on the progress of your Union's legislative priorities.
In addition to getting information from the Local 117 website, there are many ways to stay informed about what our state's lawmakers are up to and how to get involved.Read more
A big Seahawks playoff game was due to start, but that didn’t stop the crew at Graybar Electric from gathering at their Union hall to prepare for contract negotiations.
Graybar distributes electrical and communications products to businesses across North America. Teamsters 117 represents members at the company’s facilities in Seattle’s SODO district and in Renton. Members in the warehouse receive, store, select, pack, and ship company inventory.Read more
Wondering what’s happening with our members in the taxi industry? Check out the new Fare Times newsletter.
In this issue you can read about:
- a generous donation by taxi drivers to the Northwest Harvest food bank;
- a new Taxi Ticket Program to help drivers who receive moving violations;
- a recent taxi political forum;
- taxi drivers' work to pass legislation in Olympia.
Check out the Fare Times here.