Eighteen DOC employees who maintain and operate the McNeil Island ferry joined our Union on Dec. 10.
More groups of unrepresented staff at the Department of Corrections are building power and organizing to join Teamsters.
Eighteen ferry workers who operate and maintain the fleet of vessels that service McNeil Island joined our Union last December. Overwhelming majorities of three other groups – the Correctional Specialists 2s, the Occupational Nurse Consultants, and the Recreational Specialist 4s – have recently filed petitions for certification with the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) and are awaiting a ruling from the agency.
The ferry workers are unique in that they were previously represented by another Union. After a turbulent decertification process in 2015, they endured a tough stretch of nearly a year and a half without representation.
“There was a lot of uncertainty, and we lost a lot of benefits. We tried to encourage each other and keep a positive attitude, but it was pretty sketchy for a while,” said Brian Carrigan, a senior deck hand with nearly 10 years of state service.
Carrigan and co-worker, George Luttrell, explained the perils of losing their rights under their contract.
“We lost our clothing allowance and a personal leave day – the State took that away from us,” Luttrell said. The group also lost their right to overtime after eight hours and their right to have sick and annual leave count as compensable hours when calculating overtime.
As much as the lost benefits, the group felt the daily insecurity of not having a voice at work. “It was hard for a while. I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders,” said shipwright supervisor, Gary Taimanglo.Read more
Over the last two years, over a thousand new members have joined Teamsters Local 117 and our numbers continue to grow.
Today we just received word from the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) that the agency has officially certified a petition filed on behalf of 18 employees in DOC's Marine Department to become Teamsters.
These new members operate the ferries that service McNeil Island. They are Ferry Operators, Ferry Operator Assistants, Marine Engine Mechanic Supervisors, and Shipwright Supervisors.
They came to our Union seeking competent, professional representation and a voice.
They will add strength to our DOC bargaining unit and to our Union as a whole. Please welcome these new Teamsters!
New Local 117 members at Transdev celebrate their new Teamsters contract after a ratification vote on June 26.
New Local 117 members at Transdev spend their workdays helping others. They pick up our community’s most vulnerable residents – the elderly and disabled – and transport them to locations across King County.
Now, a first-time Teamsters contract will give them the respect they deserve. Yesterday, the newly-organized group voted by an overwhelming margin to approve the contract.
The agreement provides job security, health and welfare protections, wage increases, and a strong foothold into the Teamsters pension. Approximately 260 new members and their families will be covered by the contract.
"I'm excited beyond words," said Sherrie Tinner, a 10-year driver with the company and a member of our union bargaining committee. "After a lot of work, we finally have voice at work. Our new Teamsters contract provides us with a secure future."
"As Paratransit drivers, we take pride in the work we do," added Sue Engel, who also served on our union bargaining committee. "I'm happy that our union contract provides recognition and respect for that work."Read more
The piece describes how, under the leadership of John Scearcy, we've brought hundreds of new members into the Union and received national attention for our groundbreaking work organizing for-hire drivers.
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Google and Facebook drivers want to be Teamsters. A group of drivers who work in the Puget Sound region asked today that Teamsters Local 117 be recognized as their collective bargaining representative.
“We are looking forward to having our Union recognized - it is the right thing to do. We are determined to have our Union,” said Mona Shade.
To help the drivers win a voice at work, Teamsters Local 117 filed for a union election today with the National Labor Relations Board. In the coming days, the NLRB will set an election date, and the drivers will have the opportunity to vote to become Teamsters.
Let's stand together with our brothers and sisters as they fight to win improvements at work and the dignity and respect they deserve!
This just in: Workers at Industrial Container Services (ICS) have voted to join Teamsters Local 117! The vote took place this afternoon at the company's facility in Seattle.
The victory will bring 38 new members into the Union. Workers at ICS showed tremendous grit, determination, and solidarity throughout the organizing campaign. The next step will be to win a strong Teamsters contract!
According to the company website, ICS is the "is the largest provider of reusable container solutions in the United States."
Congratulations! to our new members at Mutual Materials who voted unanimously on Friday to join our Local Union. The final vote tally was 28-0!
Let's welcome our new Sisters and Brothers and continue to support them as they fight to win their first contract with Teamsters Local 117.
Yesterday these workers learned that their employer is using underhanded tactics in an effort to delay their Union election. Their reaction?
"We're not backing down!"
Read more about how workers in a number of industries are winning respect and a voice at work with Teamsters Local 117.
What do hundreds of local workers in the parking, warehouse, public sector and cold storage industries have in common? They are all on the verge of winning their first Union contract with Teamsters Local 117!
Over the last year, workers at Animal Supply, Americold, Impark, Doug Fox, ATZ, and the City of Black Diamond have come together to fight for a voice in the workplace. Now, after winning their Union elections, the workers are sitting down, face to face with their employers, along with Union staff, to engage in the collective bargaining process.Read more
Congratulations to 64 warehouse workers at the IKEA distribution center in Frederickson, WA who voted overwhelmingly last night to ratify their first union contract. Welcome to Teamsters Local 117!
The workers came together seeking job security, respect, fair and equal treatment, and a voice at work.
“We are excited to have the strength of the Teamsters behind us,” said Mario Sapilak, a 4-year IKEA employee.
The new contract secures wage increases for the group, health and welfare protections, seniority rights, protections against arbitrary discipline, and a process for settling disputes.
The contract negotiation process began after workers voted to become Teamsters in an NLRB election on September 18.
Prior to the election, workers received letters of support from UNI – Global Union, which represents 20 million service sector workers worldwide, as well as unions in Sweden that represent workers at IKEA.
“Workers at IKEA showed incredible strength and solidarity throughout this process,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117. “They stuck together and stood up for fairness, equal treatment, and a voice at work. With this vote, they have joined a union of 16,000 members strong who will fight on their behalf. We are proud to have them standing with us.”