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IN THIS ISSUE:
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Members vote to approve COLA agreement
In August, Teamsters at King County had the opportunity to vote on a tentative COLA agreement that had been negotiated by the King County Coalition of Unions. The agreement was fully recommended by your Local 117 bargaining committee. The vote was conducted by a mail-in ballot, and votes were tabulated by members at the Union Hall in Tukwila on August 13. Read More
KC members praised for providing exceptional service
King County employees spend their day providing outstanding service to our community. They clear our streets, maintain our roads, clean up our parks, provide safe drinking water, protect our environment, treat our mentally ill, and keep our communities safe.
It’s not every day, though, that the community returns the favor and gives public employees the recognition they deserve. But recently, one recipient of the County’s stellar service made a point of speaking up. Read More
Taking a greater role in your Union
This summer, we conducted focus groups for 48 Local 117 members in the public sector, including several Teamsters at King County. We wanted to hear from you about how to build a stronger Union that can more effectively fight for fair wages and good benefits for all members.
One of the things we learned is that members want more responsibility and to take greater ownership of their Union. They want more active Shop Stewards who play a greater role in the workplace; they want to understand their contract; and they want to get involved. Read More
Get registered, get informed, VOTE!
It’s election season again, and time to push our elected leaders to listen to the advice of frontline employees. The best way to do this is to exercise your right to vote!
- GET REGISTERED: Make sure you are registered by visiting the Voter Registration section of your Union website. In King County, the deadline to register for the 2014 general election is October 6 for online registration and October 27 for in-person registration.
- GET INFORMED: Check out your Union’s political endorsements. Teamster members engage candidates in a thorough interview process. We endorse only those candidates who publicly commit to support working family issues.
- VOTE! In Washington State, ballots are mailed to voters 20 days prior to each election in which they are eligible to vote. Ballots for the 2014 election must be postmarked by November 4.
As public sector employees, your vote can have a direct impact on your livelihood. Your Union has made its choice. Now, it’s your turn. Whatever you decide, make sure to get your ballot in the mail by November 4!
Welcome new City of Black Diamond members
We wanted to extend a warm welcome to fourteen new Local 117 members at the City of Black Diamond. City employees voted to join the Teamsters in a PERC election in July.
There will be two new bargaining units at the City. One is comprised of four employees in the City’s Public Works Department; the other of ten managers and/or supervisors.
More public sector members covered by a Union contract is good news, so let’s hear it for the new members of Teamsters Local 117!
Take steps to protect your work
When you work at an agency the size of King County, you may feel like you are in a perpetual state of flux. There is constant reorganization, reclassification, hiring, layoffs, and other changes that affect you and your co-workers.
As a Union member, you have a right to have your voice heard when changes in working conditions occur in the workplace
. Your employer has a contractual obligation to notify the Union when it plans on implementing those changes. The effects of the changes need to be negotiated at the bargaining table. Read More