Montesano Public Works employees settle union grievance over suspensions

MONTESANO, Wash. – Union grievances filed against the city of Montesano over employee suspensions have been settled, Mayor Ken Estes tells us he was notified yesterday that Teamsters Local 252 will not be going forward with grievances filed by three employees.
A statement will come out later in the week about that. It’s all done as far as we’re concerned and it’s time to move ahead, get back to work for our citizens and do the right thing.” – Montesano Mayor Ken Estes
Earlier this month the city suspended three Public Works employees without pay after an investigation of their computers found inappropriate images, and thousands of hours wasted surfing the internet.
Two employees were suspended for 5 days while another was suspended for 10 days. Estes said had the grievance gone to arbitration, it could have cost the city about $40,000.
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  • Joint Council shows support for Teamster and UFCW in Western Washington

    TUKWILA, Wash. – The Joint Council of Teamsters No. 28, which represents more than 50,000 members and their families across Washington, Alaska and Northern Idaho, says it will honor a grocery worker strike if one occurs. Joint Council 28 stands with the 2,600 members of Teamsters Local 38 in Everett along with the nearly 27,000 members of UFCW 21 and 367 who, on a daily basis, keep the grocery stores in our communities running.

    The Joint Council will communicate with its thousands of members who work in the sanitation, recycle, composting, soft drink, beer, wine, liquor, dairy, organic food, poultry, bread and produce industries who may be dispatched by their employer to one of these grocery chains. Joint Council 28 will work with all of our affected Teamster Locals to inform the members of their right to honor pickets and not make deliveries or pickups. We will also communicate with the members we have working at grocery distribution centers who also have the right to honor picket lines. Any picket line presence at these distribution centers may affect grocery distribution statewide. However, all Washington Teamsters and their families will support Teamsters Local 38 and the UFCW if the employers force them to take the option of last resort and go on strike.

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  • State Correctional Facility Employees to Rally in Olympia

    (Olympia, WA) Hundreds of Correctional Employees from across the State will converge on Olympia for a Day of Action! on Thursday, December 9 to demand safety, dignity, and respect for Washington State prison workers and their families.

    Correctional Employees and their supporters will assemble at Sylvester Park in Olympia at 10:30 A.M. on December 9th and march to the State Capitol steps where they will hold a noontime rally.

    Speakers at the event will include Correctional Employees, State Legislators and Teamsters leaders, who will address the critical safety issues confronting prison workers. Over 500 prison workers from 13 facilities across the State have registered to attend the Day of Action!  Buses to the event are departing from Walla Walla, Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Monroe, Clark County, and Clallam Bay.  

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  • Union drops two grievances with city of Montesano

    MONTESANO, Wash. – Two union grievances filed against the city of Montesano are being dropped, Mayor Ken Estes tells us city staff learned Friday that Teamsters Local 252 will not be going forward with either the discipline or termination hearing of former public works lead Russ Burke. Both parties will split the cost of an arbitrator.

    The city suspended, then fired Burke in June over allegations involving missing paint for striping city streets, and Mr Burke’s street striping business.

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  • 500 Coke Employees at Six Western Washington Locations Strike

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Approximately 500 Coke employees from 6 Teamster Locals across Western Washington went on strike at 5 P.M. Monday afternoon in response to the Company’s surveillance and intimidation of its employees and its refusal to bargain a contract in good faith.

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is investigating the company for serious and repeated violations of federal labor law, including “surface bargaining”, surveillance of its employees, and threatening to retaliate against workers for engaging in protected activities.

    “The last thing we wanted is a strike, but Coke has left us no alternative,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 117 and lead negotiator for the Union. “The Company’s refusal to bargain a contract has resulted in hardship for 500 Coke employees and their families and the disruption of its own operations.”

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