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.”
Teamsters from around the nation, including three from Local 117, converged on Boston in September to join in an effort to organize thousands of workers in the city’s parking industry.
Yohannes Weldemariam, a 16-year member with Diamond Parking, Jigsa Yohanis, a 6-year member with Diamond, and Business Representative Paul Dascher partnered with Teamsters from Washington D.C., New Jersey, Minnesota, New York, and Canada for what was known as the “Boston Blitz.”Read more
Warehouse workers, employed at the IKEA distribution center in Frederickson, WA, have voted to join Teamsters Local 117. The 64 workers at the facility came together seeking job security, fair and equal treatment, strong representation, and respect.
“We are excited to have the strength of the Teamsters behind us,” said Mario Sapilak, a 4-year IKEA employee. “We need to have a voice at work and to have management listen to our concerns, and the Teamsters will help us achieve that.”Read more
GCA Services Group Employees Unite For Respect And Higher Wages
On Aug. 26 workers at GCA Services Group joined Teamsters Local 117 in Tukwila, Wash. The employees who voted 91-44 in favor of Teamster representation are shuttle drivers, responsible for shuttling rental cars and other vehicles at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.Read more
1. I am looking for work. I want a Teamster job:
If you are looking for work and want to apply for a Teamster job, check out our job board. Teamsters 117 does not have a hiring hall.
2. I have a Teamster job, but I haven't filled out my membership application:
To join Teamsters 117 based on a recent change of employment or if you are already part of a Local 117 bargaining unit and need to complete your Union membership application, please contact the Teamsters 117 office at 206-441-4860.
3. I have a job, but it's not a Teamster job. My co-workers and I want to join Teamsters:
Teamsters 117 is about having dignity and respect on the job. If your workplace does not have a Union or you are seeking a change in representation, get in touch with the Local 117 Organizing Department.
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THE UNION BENEFITS YOU!
Members of Teamsters 117 earn more than their non-union counterparts; they have better benefits, and they have a voice in the workplace.
- Local 117 pay is higher than non-union pay
- Local 117 workers have better health care and pensions
- Local 117 gives workers a voice in determining working conditions
- Local 117 narrows the wage gap for women and people of color
- Local 117 helps bring workers into the middle class