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
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
On December 17, Governor Inslee released his supplemental budget proposal, which includes $5.1 million for the opening of the 256-bed medium security unit at WSP to meet the demands of a rising male offender caseload and to reduce overcrowding.
In the supplemental capital budget, Inslee proposes $1.8 million to complete redesign studies on capacity issues for male and female prison populations.
Both levels of appropriation are necessary in order to ensure the safety, security, and well being of our state's correctional employees.Read more
Today Governor Inslee released his supplemental budget proposal for 2014. In his proposal, the Governor appropriated $5.1 million in funding for “new prison capacity”, which will fund the opening of the remaining 256-bed unit at WSP to meet the demands of rising offender case loads and to reduce crowding at existing facilities.Read more
Join us as we fight to protect and expand the rights of State Correctional Employees! We will be meeting on January 28 at 9 A.M. on the Capitol Campus. Contact Political Coordinator Dustin Lambro at 1-888-872-3489 for details.Read more
Consider how politics affects your job. As public employees, decisions about your collective bargaining rights, your job security, and your wages and benefits are made by elected officials at the County, in Olympia, and in Washington D.C.
The trouble is that politicians are heavily influenced by corporate lobbyists who don’t have your best interest at heart. In fact, big business outspends working families on politics by more than 15-1, often pushing an anti-worker agenda.Read more
In the wake of the decision by workers at Boeing to hold the line on protecting good-paying jobs and strong pensions, one state legislator from Spokane has introduced legislation called “Right to Work.” What exactly is “Right to Work” and how would it impact us?
Big businesses in Washington D.C. and our state have funded efforts in recent years to enact Right To Work (for less) laws, which prohibit Unions and employers from entering into Union security clauses – which require all workers who benefit from a contract to share in the cost of representation.Read more
The 2014 legislative session is right around the corner, and we are busy establishing our legislative priorities so that we can hit the ground running.
Next year's session will start on January 14 and will run for 60 days. It's a short session, so acting quickly and decisively with lots of member support is key.
Some of the things we will be working on include:Read more