In last year’s interest arbitration hearing, one of our priorities for Teamsters working in BFOQ positions at WCCW and MCCCW was to address the issue of excessive mandatory overtime.
Charlotte Weimann, a 33-year officer at WCCW, helped make our case to the arbitrator.
After listening to our concerns, Arbitrator Lankford awarded officers: a two (2) range premium for all hours worked in a BFOQ position if and only if the facility in question assigned more than 30% more mandatory overtime hours to female Corrections and Custody Officers than to male Corrections and Custody Officers during the preceding calendar quarter.
For calendar quarter April through June 2017, the more than 30% threshold was met. This means that female CO’s will receive a two (2) range premium for all hours worked in a BFOQ position for the current calendar quarter.
Due to DOC payroll issues, affected officers at WCCW and MCCCW likely won’t see their additional compensation until their August 10 paycheck. But your premium pay is on the way.
This is another example of the power of interest arbitration and the impact it continues to have on members of our union. We can thank everyone who worked so hard to achieve interest arbitration for DOC Teamsters over the last several years and our outstanding union bargaining committee that successfully negotiated these rights into our 2017-2019 contract.
It's been a busy time for Teamsters at the women's prison in Purdy. The facility was in the news recently when performer John Legend visited the prison with representatives of the AFL-CIO to discuss staff safety and criminal justice reform. Check out that story and the latest news from the Washington Corrections Center for Women. View more facilities here.
At WCCW, Place Safety Muster is a lively event. Run by Local 117 Shop Steward Sgt. Michael Delgado, the meetings are engaging, as members mull over critical issues. A respected leader and natural-born educator, Delgado infuses knowledge acquired from his 35 years of experience at DOC with intelligent, rapid-fire questions.READ MORE
When Grammy-winning performance artist, John Legend, launched into his hit song, All of Me, on April 11, it was at an unlikely location – behind prison walls at WCCW. Legend was at the women's prison in Purdy to draw attention to the need for criminal justice reform. He was also there to spotlight the need to improve staff safety and working conditions inside our prisons.
Local 117 Shop Steward, Sgt. Michael Delgado, leads the Place Safety Muster at WCCW.
At WCCW, Place Safety Muster is a lively event. Run by Local 117 Shop Steward Sgt. Michael Delgado, the meetings are engaging, as members mull over critical issues.
A respected leader and natural-born educator, Delgado infuses knowledge acquired from his 35 years of experience at DOC with intelligent, rapid-fire questions.
At a recent meeting, Delgado’s focus was, as it often is, on emergency response.
“If something kicked off, what would you do?” he asked. Several officers chime in. “If additional staff are needed, what happens?” Delgado continues. “What have we tried to get away from in the past? You guys from CORE, what do you think?”Read more
Follow along as we show the great diversity and hard work of Teamsters from around Washington that work for the DOC.
Each month throughout the year, we will be featuring the work of Local 117 members from a different Department of Corrections facility. From their union, to their work, to their family, each month will put a spotlight on the incredible service of the brave men and women working inside our prisons.
More facilities coming soon...
I am proud of our Local Union. We never give up the fight for workers’ rights, and we do it in every forum.
On August 28 - the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a dream speech”— your Union filed a brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to overturn a truly terrible decision for civil rights.Read more