Local 117: Fighting for $15
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King County accountant wins reclass appeal
If you are performing work outside the scope of your job classification, the County needs to compensate you for it. It’s a pretty simple equation, but the County doesn’t always get the simple things right.
If you are getting shortchanged, Local 117 will help you with your reclassification process. We’ll sit down with you, review the documents, and help present your case. Read More.
Wastewater Teamster rescues man at treatment plant
Sometimes it feels like just getting up and going to work every day is an heroic act. Through our work, we serve our communities, pay the bills, and put food on the table for our families. That’s about as heroic as it gets, right?
Well, for one Teamster at King County, the daily grind presented an opportunity to do a little bit more.
Randy Smith, a supervisor in the County’s Wastewater Treatment Division, and his SEIU 925 crew, helped assist in a rescue operation of a man who had fallen into a raw sewage tank in Discovery Park. Read More.
KC Coalition of Unions - Bargaining Update
The King County Coalition of Unions is continuing to bargain with the County over your COLA. We are waiting to receive the County’s response to the Coalition’s latest counter proposal. We remain hopeful that an agreement can be achieved well ahead of expiration of the current COLA agreement on December 31, 2014.
Vote YES to save Metro and our roads
King County is scrambling to stave off the possibility of huge reductions in Metro bus service and the further erosion of our public transportation infrastructure.
If voters do not approve a funding measure on April 22, Metro stands to lose 74 bus routes, and over 100 routes would have to change. Residents would see more crowded buses, longer wait times, less reliable service, more traffic, and longer commutes. Read More.
Teamsters are fighting for $15
The fight for a fair minimum wage in our region began in the city of SeaTac with the passage of Prop 1. The approval of Prop 1 last November has raised wages for thousands of low-wage workers near Seatac Airport. Now, Teamsters 117, along with a coalition of other unions and community groups, is taking the fight to increase the minimum wage to $15/hr to Seattle.
"If you get a good job with a livable wage, you can go to school, you can support your family, you can pay your bills, and you can take your kids to the doctor. This will change the entire community,” said Abdirahman Abdullahi, a Local 117 member at Hertz. Read More.
Teamsters: Don't work off the clock!
If you’re an hourly employee and you’re not on the clock, you shouldn’t be working. It’s as simple as that. It doesn’t matter how much you have to get done. Starting early or working through your lunch is not an option. It sets a bad precedent for your work group, and it could even lead to discipline.
At King County, some managers have stopped turning a blind eye to the practice and have started cracking down on people who are not reporting time worked. If your supervisor tries to make you work off the clock, he or she is in violation of Washington State wage and hour laws, and you should report it to your Business Representative