The 2020 election is right around the corner and as union members we want to make sure candidates are listening to our issues.
Our International Teamsters Union has put together a short survey to help identify issues that are most important to members like you.
The survey asks you to rate the importance of things like retirement security, health care, and preserving collective bargaining. Will you take the survey?
Issues our union identifies will help us hold politicians accountable and ensure that candidates on both sides of the political aisle are addressing the needs of working families.
Thank you for your participation!
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you fill out your ballot and drop it in the mail for the 2019 Primary Election by August 6. You no longer need a stamp to make your voice heard!
Ballots were mailed out to registered voters on July 17. Last year's turnout in Washington State was the highest in 20 years. Let's do our part as union members to make sure results remain strong.
Not surprisingly, presidential and mid-term election years increase voter turnout significantly. But it's equally important for us as concerned citizens to participate in off-year elections.
This year, many of the candidates on your ballot are strong supporters of working families. There are excellent candidates vying for the four seats up for reelection on the King County Council and for the seven open seats on the Seattle City Council.
The outcome of these races and others in the counties and towns across our region will have a tremendous impact on policies and regulations that will affect us for years to come.
Please fill out your ballot and drop it in the mail as soon as possible. If you want to learn about the candidates our union has endorsed through our member-driven process, please visit our union's endorsements page on our website.
Teamsters 117 represents approximately 3,500 members who work for local public sector jurisdictions in King and Pierce Counties (in addition to 6,000 state employees who work for the state Dept. of Corrections).
We have members who work for the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, at King County and Pierce County, as well as a dozen other local cities and the Port of Seattle, in hundreds of classifications.
One thing all of our members share, regardless of whether we work in the public or private sector, is that we all deserve good public services, and we believe that anyone who works for a living should have good wages and benefits to be able to take care of their families.
Elected officials who serve on city councils, or county councils, make decisions that impact our members every day. They approve or reject collective bargaining agreements we negotiate in the public sector, which means that who gets elected to office matters a great deal.
In 2019, our Statewide Political Advisory Committee met with dozens of candidates, and made endorsements for local office for positions which will appear on your Primary and General Election ballot this year.
If you have any questions about the ballot you get in the mail, or you need more information on anyone we have endorsed, please feel free to reach out to our Political Director, Dustin Lambro, at 1-888-872-3489 x1262 or dustin @ teamsters117.org.
The winning team at Woodland Park Zoo. 83% of the Education Department voted to become members of Teamsters117.
As children and adults at the zoo flock to educators holding animals and explaining their behavior, did you know about their struggle? The education department at Woodland Park Zoo has been fighting for better wages and respect for a long time with little success.
“Many of us are not compensated enough as educators for the type of work that we do. We feel like we don’t have a voice. We’ve tried to address it year after year but were ignored,” shares Celwyn Green, an ambassador animal coordinator who has worked at the zoo for 30 years.Read more