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
The new issue of your Teamsters South Sound newsletter is now available!
Teamsters South Sound shares union-related stories, news, and information for Local 117 members in the public sector working in greater Pierce County.
In this issue, we highlight the important public safety work of our emergency telecommunicators as well as the bio of the new Business Rep for South Sounders, Julie Yust. The column from John Scearcy, your Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer, explores the dangers of skimming, which is common in the public sector work environment.
You can view a PDF of the newsletter here. For print copies, please contact your Business Representative.
Are you a Local 117 member, live in Pierce County, and have a kid heading off to trade school or college?
The Pierce County Labor Community Services Agency is now accepting applications for the Jerry Beckendorf Community Service Scholarship for 2016!
Jerry Beckendorf has been a life-long community volunteer and activist. He served as the Labor Liaison between United Way of Pierce County and the Pierce County Central Labor Council for 15 years and continues to dedicate his time to helping others.Read more
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
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).
The new issue of our Teamsters South Sound newsletter is now available.
Teamsters South Sound is designed for members working in our public sector shops in greater Pierce County.
In this issue, you'll find a member's take on recent threats to labor, including a Supreme Court case that could weaken your ability to stand together for family wages and better benefits and working conditions.
You can view a PDF of the newsletter here. For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.
Family, strength, community - those are our values as union members.
Teamsters in our South Sound shops met in Tacoma on Saturday to talk about how to promote those values.
"We want to find out what matters most to members so that we can continue to build strength through our commitment to each other and our communities," said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117.
To accomplish that goal, we're conducting Every Voice Counts interviews. These are short, one-on-one conversations, in which members will be interviewing other members about ways to build unity in their workplace.
Our commitment to each other is important, especially now, with the ongoing attacks on working families.Read more
On Saturday, January 9, Shop Stewards and member leaders employed in our public sector shops in the South Sound region will be gathering at the IBEW Union Hall in Tacoma for our South Sound Public Sector Leadership Summit to build power and solidarity in the workplace.
With the ongoing attacks on public sector unions in the courts and statehouses across the country, we need to make sure that our union is strong so that we can preserve our hard-won wages and continue to improve our working conditions.
JOIN OTHER UNION MEMBERS AS WE:
- Learn more about anti-union laws and other recent attacks on labor
- Talk about how we can build power in the workplace and protect our rights
- Discuss ways to build solidarity and share best practices
Space is limited! To reserve a spot for our South Sound Public Sector Leadership Summit, register online here!
The new issue of your Teamsters South Sound newsletter is now available. The newsletter focuses on our members in the public sector who work in greater Pierce County.
In this issue, you'll find news about how more and more Teamsters are giving back to their communities through their Union involvement.
You can also read about librarians at the Tacoma Public Library are fighting for a more secure retirement and about the important work of our members at the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department.
View a PDF of your Teamsters South Sound newsletter. For print copies, talk to your Business Representative.