On President’s Day, a group of Teamsters spent their day off in Olympia, hustling around the State Capitol, seeking out legislators in their offices, and pulling them from the Senate floor.
This was our Public Service Matters lobby day, a chance for members to establish relationships with their representatives, engage in spirited discussion about critical issues, and remind lawmakers about the important services that public employees provide to our communities.
Randy Marquis, a Shop Steward and heavy equipment operator at the City of Tacoma, spoke about his experience.
“I had an absolute blast! This was my first time lobbying in Olympia, but it will definitely not be my last. I felt that the legislators we got to talk to were very courteous and willing to listen. It was fascinating to see how things get done in our state government,” he said.Read more
We have tallied the votes for all Teamster units at King County regarding Paid Parental Leave. A majority of Local 117 represented units voted to accept the pilot program, while three voted to reject the program.
To see how your group voted, please view the results below.
Local 117 Units that Voted to Accept the Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program:
Local 117 Units that Voted to Reject the Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program:
- Wastewater Treatment Supervisors
- Wastewater Treatment Managers
- DOT Supervisors
As you know, Teamsters 117 is part of a coalition that is in the process of bargaining with King County over all compensable items in your collective bargaining agreement.
During this process, we will be posting updates and documents related to bargaining. The updates are distributed to all represented members whose unions are participating in the coalition.
The following documents have been used in presentations during total comp negotiations:
- Union Economic Presentation
- King County Budget Outlook - 2017-2018
- Components of King County Compensation
As soon as we have additional updates or documents to share, we will post them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or talk to your bargaining committee member.
Thank you for your service to the residents of King County!
In fact, that’s exactly where you can find it on the web, at FamilyStrengthCommunity.org.
On the site, you’ll see things we can all agree on – the need for wages to raise a family, strong and healthy communities, a secure retirement, and respect.
These are the things that unite us as Teamsters and what we are all fighting for.Read more
Today, thousands of Teamsters 117 members across the state are working in solidarity to get out the same message of Teamsters unity.
With recent attacks by anti-union groups, like the "Freedom" Foundation and the impending Friedrichs decision, now it’s more important than ever to know what’s at stake and how we can work together to protect our future.
If you haven’t seen the flyer yet that will be distributed today by your Shop Stewards or workplace leaders, you can get informed by reading it here.
Want to join in making our union stronger? Please let your union representative know you’d like to participate in our Every Voice Counts Interview campaigns, and if you haven’t yet, sign a commitment card.
To learn more visit FamilyStrengthCommunity.org.
Sticking together makes us strong. It also helps expose the agenda of radical groups like the so-called "Freedom" Foundation (see below).
As you know, King County implemented a Paid Parental Leave pilot program effective January 1, 2016.
Teamsters 117 bargaining units throughout the County will be voting on the policy since it affects the leave provisions in your collective bargaining agreement.
Ballots were mailed to your home address on Thursday, January 21 and must be received in the locked Local 117 drop box by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29 at one of the following locations:
- King County Admin Building (3rd Fl)
- Renton Roads
- Regional Justice Center
Voting instructions and a contact person for each location are available on your ballot. If you have not received your ballot by Tuesday, January 26, please call me at 206-441-4860 ext. 1232.
I also wanted to let you know that King County Total Compensation Bargaining took place here at the Teamsters Union hall on January 20. An update on bargaining will be available on our website by the end of next week.
The following is an update from the King County Coalition of Unions to all coalition members:
Paid Parental Leave
In order to answer any questions that may come up for members about Paid Parental Leave, we’ve scheduled a Q&A session on Thurs., Jan. 7, from 12-1 p.m. in King Street Center Room 3-D/3-E. For those unions that will put the paid parental leave policy to vote by its members, the County must receive the vote results prior to Feb. 1. Prior to the vote we will be sending out another email with more information about the policy.
New Member Orientation
Just a reminder that we have an opportunity to give a general union overview at the County orientations for new members. We will be putting together a presentation that will be given by a rotating cast of Coalition reps. The New Member Orientation Subcommittee will help develop and implement this program. Interested in serving on the New Member Orientation Subcommittee? Email Nikola Davidson at email@example.com.
Sincerely, Denise Cobden
PTE17 & Coalition Co-Chair
Teamster Shop Stewards and other leaders at King County interviewed fellow members on Thursday as a part of our Every Voice Counts project. Interviews took place in a relaxed environment, over lunch in the County's Chinook building.
You can view photos from the day's activity here.
The purpose of the event was to discuss issues at work, and brainstorm solutions. Folks had lots to say about how to improve their benefits and working conditions, and even their safety.
"I'm concerned about the recent shootings," said Enrique Ferrer, a weapons screener at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. "We could be susceptible to that, too."
Members also discussed recent attacks on labor, in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and a case currently before the Supreme Court that could place significant burdens on public sector unions.
If the Court rules against unions in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, it could create a union-hostile environment in public sector workplaces across the country. (See who's behind the Friedrichs case here.)Read more
On Thursday, December 10, Teamsters at King County are invited to participate in a festive, lunchtime event.
We will be holding member interviews to discuss how we can build a stronger union through our commitment to each other and our communities.
We will also be giving an update on negotiations and answering questions related to issues in the workplace.
This is a drop-in event that will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Chinook building. All Teamsters Local 117 members at King County are welcome to attend.
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP for the event here so we know how much food to provide.
For more information, contact Karen Estevenin at 206-441-4860 ext. 1244.
This is going to be a fun event - don't miss it!
As you may have heard, the King County Council is poised to adopt legislation on a Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program for King County employees (“the PPL program”). It is referred to as a “pilot” because it would be implemented only for 2016 with its ongoing future dependent upon results of the pilot, subject to bargaining in the total compensation process.
This is an idea that had its origin with the King County Council and the King County Executive. It is not an idea that was proposed by Local 117 or the King County Coalition of Unions and it was not identified in our surveys as a high priority among membership.Read more