Mark Hackett, Kimberly Braun, Tanesha Van Leuven, and Roger Gale at the Emergency Food Network's Breaking Hunger event.
Teamster members took aim to fight hunger last week at the 5th annual Trap Shooting and Archery Tournament sponsored by Tacoma's Emergency Food Network.
The contest, held at the Gig Harbor Sportsmen’s Club on August 11, raised thousands of dollars to help feed hungry families throughout our region.
"We were doing what we like to do, having fun, and doing it for a really good cause."
"There are a lot of ways to raise money but we were doing what we like to do, having fun, and doing it for a really good cause," said Tanesha Van Leuven, a member who participated in the event.
Van Leuven, who is an officer of ten years at the University of Washington Police Department, talked about the importance of our union giving back to the community.
"It's important to partner with various organizations in the community. Anything we give, donate, or sponsor can help people who need help right now."
Our Local Union’s Executive Board sponsored the team at the $600 level. All proceeds from the event went to benefit the Emergency Food Network.
Thank you to the members from the Teamsters Law Enforcement & Corrections Division and their friends who participated in the tournament.
- Tanesha Van Leuven, University of Washington Police Dept.
- Mark Hackett, University of Washington Police Dept.
- Roger Gale, City of Pacific Police Dept.
- Kimberly Braun, Friend
The Pierce County emergency food system includes 67 food banks providing over 15 million meals annually to over a hundred thousand families in need. Teamsters Local 117 is a generous supporter of EFN and has participated in a number of volunteer events to benefit the organization.
Teamsters 117 throws it support behind Jessyn Farrell for Seattle Mayor. A committee of members recommended the endorsement.
Today Teamsters Local 117 announced they are backing Jessyn Farrell for Mayor of Seattle, voting to give her their sole endorsement in the race.
Secretary-Treasurer John Scearcy, the union’s principal officer, explained their sole endorsement by pointing to her three-term career representing the 46th Legislative District in the state House and serving as the Chair of the Working Families Caucus. “From her leadership on raising the minimum wage, her unwavering support for paid family leave, to her defense of collective bargaining rights, Jessyn has proven herself to be an ally and strong supporter of working families.”Read more
Members of Teamsters 117 conducted a hand billing action at Starbucks corporate headquarters in Seattle today, demanding that the company hold its food supplier Taylor Farms accountable for human rights violations at its Tracy, Calif. plant.
Passing out leaflets that read “Starbucks: Silence Equals Abuse”, members of the Teamsters along with Pride at Work and the Martin Luther King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO called out Starbucks for its hypocrisy and its support of a food supplier with a terrible safety and health record.
A delegation of union supporters attempted to meet with Starbucks management to discuss the violations at Taylor Farms, but Starbucks refused to meet with the group.
“Starbucks has long maintained that it is a corporation committed to equality,” said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 117. “If that is the case, why do they purchase food from a company that allows LGBT workers to be physically assaulted and harassed at work? Money is the most powerful thing in business and if Starbucks has any integrity, they would invest in food suppliers that have basic standards for human decency.”Read more
New Local 117 Business Rep. Julie Yust meets with members at the City of Tacoma.
We want to extend a warm welcome to two new Teamsters Local 117 Business Representatives, Julie Yust and Bryon Perreira.
Both Julie and Bryon will primarily represent members working in the public sector, with Julie taking over the South Sound region, and Bryon focusing on King County and the North Sound. Bryon will also represent several private sector shops in the region as well.
Both Bryon and Julie have a strong background in labor.Read more