Our King County Coalition of Union has achieved a tentative agreement in total comp bargaining with the County. The proposal is fully recommended by the Union bargaining committee.
We will be holding contract update meetings in multiple locations around the County and two live webinars. The first webinar was held on September 28. You can view a recording of it below:
There will be one more opportunity to participate in a live webinar so you can ask questions.
Live Webinar - King County Total Comp - Register Here!
At the meetings, we will present the proposal and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.
View the days, times, and locations of the meetings below.
|Tuesday||9/20/2016||11:30AM||King Street Center|
|Friday||9/23/2016||11:30AM||Regional Justice Ctr.|
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Fall City Roads|
|Monday||9/26/2016||2:30PM||Black Diamond Rds|
|Tuesday||9/27/2016||11:30AM||King Co Elections|
|Thursday||9/29/2016||11:30AM||King Co Admin|
|Friday||9/30/2016||8-9AM, 4-5PM||Dutch Shisler Ctr|
|Friday||9/30/2016||11:30AM||KC Superior Ct|
|Tuesday||10/3/2016||11:30AM||KC Youth Services Ctr|
I’m excited to announce a major breakthrough in our total comp bargaining with King County.
Late yesterday afternoon, our Coalition of Unions achieved a tentative agreement with the County over all compensation elements in your contract. The agreement is fully recommended by your Union bargaining committee.
The agreement includes a 2.25 percent general wage increase in 2017 for all coalition members and a 2.75 percent increase in 2018 provided that the Union signs onto a separately-negotiated Master Agreement by the end of next year.
For the first time, the work of King County Union members will be recognized through a Coalition Premium and a separate wage table for Coalition members.
The agreement will increase the employer contributions to your health and welfare coverage. This means you will not pay any additional health care premium costs for 2017-2018.
We also achieved one additional vacation day added in 2017 and two vacation days added in 2018.
You can view an update from the Coalition with more details about the agreement here.
Our journey through the total comp bargaining process started over a year ago. It’s been an incredibly challenging experience. There have been many points along the way when it looked like negotiations would fall apart.
Our commitment, perseverance, and the outstanding work of your Union bargaining committee kept us together. Our team brought the voice of the entire membership to the table in powerful, persuasive ways.
I hope you’ll join me in extending my gratitude and appreciation to our entire team.
Over the next several weeks, we will coordinate meetings across the County to discuss the proposal. You will have an opportunity to vote on the agreement before the end of the year. We’ll let you know as soon as we have more information about the voting process.
Thank you for the important service you provide to our community and thank you for your membership in Teamsters Local 117.
Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer John Scearcy together with Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the MLKCLC Nicole Grant
At the recent delegates meeting of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council, regular business was suspended for a special event to honor those Unions and their leadership for exceptional achievements on behalf of working people.
Over 150 organizations belong to the Council and more than 75,000 working men and women belong to Council-affiliated organizations. United, they are a voice for the interests of working people in King County.
The leaders and unions that were honored were: Faye Gunther, Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW Local 21, Jon Holden, President of The Boeing Machinists Union, and our own John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 117.Read more
We may be on the verge of an important breakthrough in our Total Comp negotiations with King County. This is great news, especially given the profound challenges we have faced over the last nine months of bargaining.
The County is still reviewing our latest proposal and will likely respond soon. Although we have not yet reached a tentative agreement, we are cautiously optimistic that a deal we can recommend to the membership is within sight.
Our Coalition of Unions met with the County again on Friday, July 29. In that session we made significant progress toward our goals. Those goals include across-the-board wage increases in both years of the contract, protection of our health and welfare benefits without premium share, and a separate wage table for Union Coalition members.Read more
We still have no clear answers in our effort to achieve a Total Comp agreement for Union members at King County. Our Union Coalition has put forth a comprehensive economic counterproposal and offered a clear pathway forward on a Joint Labor Agreement.
Now the ball is in the County’s court. Whether the County responds by recognizing King County Union members for the outstanding service they provide to the public or the employer continues down their current unproductive path will likely be determined in what could be our final bargaining session on Friday, July 29.
Negotiations got off track several weeks ago after the County abruptly introduced the idea of a Joint Labor Proposal (JLA), then tried to impose it on us by tying it to their economic proposal.
We expressed concerns about the County’s concept for the JLA from the start because it compromised important individualized provisions in our collective bargaining agreements. We also insisted on more equitable wage increases and health and welfare protections that reflect the cost of living in the Seattle metropolitan area.Read more
Currently, we have open positions for Shop Steward at the King County Prosecuting Attorney Office.
There are postings for Shop Steward at every PAO location. If you’d like to become a Shop Steward, please print your name on the posting at your location, or print out the document here, sign it and send it back to me before July 20.
The Shop Steward posting will be located on your Union Board within your location, this board can usually be found in an open area, copy room, and breakroom/lunchroom.
If you have any questions for any matter, please contact me at your earliest convenience at Bryon.firstname.lastname@example.org. – 206-441-4860 ext 1235. Thank you!
Teamsters Local 117
After several months of bargaining, our Union Coalition’s negotiations with King County have become more polarized.
Despite improved economic conditions, the County seems determined to offer less than it offered in the last round of coalition negotiations, suggesting annual cost of living adjustments of only 1.61% per year instead of the 2% and 2.25% increases in the last two years, AND a reduced annual contribution towards health and welfare benefits of only 2% each year instead of the 4% annual increase offered in the last bargain.
“I don’t see that the County is willing to move on any of the goals that labor has put forward.”
DAN FERNANDEZ Prosecuting Attorney Office
The Union Coalition is sending a strong message that this simply will not ratify given the economic growth and increased cost of living in the Seattle metropolitan area.
On Wednesday, July 5, the County presented us with a formal counterproposal on all economic issues including wages and health and welfare benefits. However, the County’s proposal did not involve any meaningful movement and was largely a reiteration of its prior offers.
The County also rejected our proposal to universalize and improve the above top step pay systems. As you might expect, the Coalition’s negotiation team was disappointed and frustrated by the County’s failure to respond to our economics priorities.
“It’s extremely disappointing. I don’t think the County is coming to the table to actually bargain. It seems to be: Here’s the plate. You can either eat from it, or too bad you can just walk away.”
CHERYL ANN GUNDERSON, IT Manager
Our Union Coalition bargaining team spent most of the day in caucus on Wednesday, June 22, first reviewing the possible economic parameters including wage increases, a coalition premium, and health and welfare benefit protection.
Our Union team also reviewed language that represented possible revisions to a Joint Labor Agreement (JLA) that culled out provisions and language unacceptable to the Union Coalition.
We then had a robust and serious dialogue regarding the JLA. The JLA was not originally contemplated by the Total Compensation Agreement that led to these negotiations, and the concept of the JLA was introduced very late in the process and without a clear and reasonable explanation as to how the JLA (and agreement of common terms applicable to all coalition unions) would integrate with the multiple, mature collective bargaining agreements that have been negotiated across decades.Read more
Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer John Scearcy sits on a panel to discuss more training opportunities for King County employees.
We put aside our differences with King County for a day as union representatives and County officials gathered at the Labor Temple for the annual King County Labor Summit.
The purpose of the Summit was to seek common ground and explore opportunities for partnerships between unions and the County around issues like equity, social justice, and training and development. Much of the day’s discussion also revolved around the need to address the County’s financial challenges.
Our Local Union was a major player at the event. John Scearcy, our Secretary-Treasurer, initiated the opening panel discussion about the need to prioritize training opportunities for union members at the County.
John told his powerful personal story about how he rose up out of poverty to get a good union job in a warehouse, become a Shop Steward, and ultimately the President and Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “We need to create more opportunities for impoverished communities and people of color,” Scearcy said. “This is about partnering toward people’s success.”Read more
Our Coalition bargaining team met with King County for a frustrating negotiations session on Wednesday, June 8. In this session, the County appeared unwilling to meet our team halfway on issues that are critical to the union coalition.
The day started with the County stating its opposition to our proposal for a longevity or merit-based pay structure that would reward union members who have dedicated many years of service to the County. This came as a disappointment to our union committee given that establishing a system for longevity pay was one of our priorities going into bargaining.
We were more hopeful when the County indicated that it was interested in creating a premium for members whose unions have participated in coalition bargaining. We took that idea into caucus and discussed the possible makeup of the premium through the creation of a new coalition pay table that would surpass the general squared pay table.Read more