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.
Teamsters 117 started the New Year off by giving back to the community.
On January 4, a team of Shop Stewards met up with John Scearcy, Local 117 President and Executive Assistant, to spend that cold winter morning volunteering at the Emergency Food Network’s repack project.
Their work involved repacking frozen cut corn, which had been donated in bulk, into two-pound, family-sized bags. Together, Jason Stepner, John Langenbach, Mike Reavey, Jason King and John Scearcy helped repack 6,400 pounds of frozen cut corn in a 3-hour shift.Read more
The start of the New Year is a time when your soon-to-graduate (you hope!) high school senior can start combing the Internet for scholarship money for college.
Your Union is a good place to start for that. Teamsters Local 117 offers links to a number of scholarships for graduating seniors, including the Local 117 Jeff Alfieri Scholarship, the Hoffa Scholarship, the Union Plus Scholarship, among others.Read more
Taking a small first step toward delivering on a much publicized campaign promise, newly-elected Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced at a press conference on Friday that he would sign an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all city employees.
The wage hike would affect approximately 600 City workers, including a handful of Teamsters who are employed as ushers and admissions attendants at the Seattle Center.Read more
Today, 31,000 Machinists will be voting on Boeing’s latest contract proposal. The vote will take place throughout the day, at multiple locations, and the results won’t be known until later tonight. Read more about today's vote here.
For Machinists, and the rest of the labor community, there is much at stake. Boeing has indicated that they will relocate production of the 777X to another state if the Machinists do not approve the offer. That offer, which includes a number of well-documented concessions, would strip away the workers’ defined benefit pension plan and replace it with a 401k plan.Read more