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Essential Teamster road crew out of King County's Fall City depot is ready to hit the streets!


Como la crisis del coronavirus ha tocado todas nuestras vidas, nuestro unión en el Condado de King ha estado trabajando para adaptarse.

In April, Teamsters 117, as part of the King County Coalition of Unions, negotiated a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the County securing additional leave protections for union members, including emergency paid leave and paid administrative leave. The MOA also emphasizes increased access to telecommuting and PPE for those who are required to work on-site.

Estas protecciones se lograron fuera del marco de las negociaciones del contrato de este año, que originalmente estaban programadas para comenzar en marzo pero que se han dejado en suspenso debido a la pandemia.

To plan for what negotiations might look like this year, a group of Teamsters 117 Shop Stewards at King County, together with Secretary-Treasurer John Scearcy and Union Representatives Maria Williams and Cara Mattson, met via Zoom last week.

In that meeting, we had an excellent presentation from our International Teamsters Union on the financial state of King County. We also reviewed member contract surveys and established our priorities for negotiations. Our Shop Stewards are united around job preservation for Teamsters 117 members as the Union's number one priority. 

Shop Stewards have identified job preservation as the Union's number one priority.

In the coming weeks, the County will provide us with its own analysis of how the crisis has impacted its financial condition. At that point, we will work within the Union Coalition to decide the best path forward for negotiations. Given that so much has changed over the last few months, we are also working on a way to solicit additional member feedback to ensure that your voice is heard.

Todavía hay muchas preguntas sin respuesta sobre cómo será la negociación este año. Para prepararnos para todos los resultados posibles, planeamos seguir reuniéndonos regularmente con los delegados sindicales. Tan pronto como tengamos más información, se lo haremos saber.

Finally, we want to pass along some good news about your union health care. The joint labor-management group (JLMIC) that oversees your benefits has continued to meet on a monthly basis. Maria Williams, our Teamsters 117 representative on the JLMIC, reports that all COVID-19 related expenses will be covered at 100% for Union members at King County, and there will continue to be no out-of-pocket expenses on your health care. 

Sólo un recordatorio de que la pandemia no afecta a los acuerdos previamente negociados, por lo que usted seguirá recibiendo su aumento salarial general del 1,5% negociado este julio.

Gracias por su servicio durante estos tiempos sin precedentes. Su trabajo es esencial para el tejido de nuestra comunidad mientras todos luchamos y nos esforzamos por construir una sociedad más sana y justa que respete a todas las personas.