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.

Joint Council shows support for Teamster and UFCW in Western Washington

“We are communicating with our members about the issues our brothers and sisters in the grocery retail industry are facing in negotiations. The Teamsters will always stand up for working people, and the fact that these four grocery chains with a combined revenue that is in the tens of billions of dollars annually want to force their employees onto taxpayer subsidized healthcare is absurd and will not be tolerated.” said Rick Hicks, President of Joint Council Teamsters 28.

The current negotiations between the Teamsters Local 38, UFCW and the four major Grocery Chains (Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer and Albertsons) have been going on for more than six months.

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.

State Correctional Facility Employees to Rally in Olympia

Correctional Employees have organized the Day of Action! to inform the community and elected officials of budget cuts at the Department of Corrections that threaten the safety of Correctional Employees and the public at large.

WHO:    Tracey A. Thompson – Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 117
    James V. Smith II – Director of Corrections & Law Enforcement, Teamsters 117
    Washington State Legislators
Washington State Correctional Employees    
Community Members    

    Thursday, December 9, 2010
    12 P.M. – Rally on Capitol Steps

WHERE:     Assemble at Sylvester Park (Capitol Way S & Legion Way SW) – 10:30 A.M.
March to State Capitol – 11:00 A.M.
    Rally on Capitol Steps – Noon
    State Capitol, Olympia, WA

500 Coke Employees at Six Western Washington Locations Strike

“The Union will not tolerate Coke engaging in surveillance of its employees, including taking photographs of employees who have engaged in activities that are protected under federal labor law,” Thompson added.

Negotiations between Coke and a coalition of six Teamsters Local Unions called Washington Teamsters United have been underway since April, but the company refused to bargain with the Union for over 10 weeks, and then began an aggressive campaign of unfair labor practices. Key issues in bargaining include the Company’s desire to eliminate health care for Coke retirees and to raise the share of the cost employees pay on their health care premiums by 800%.

In 2009, the Coca-Cola Company’s revenues were over $30 billion. The Coca-Cola Co. employs 92,800 worldwide. CCE’s revenues were over $21 billion. CCE employs 70,000 worldwide.
Washington Teamsters United, which includes Teamsters Local Unions 38, 117, 174, 252, 313, and 589, represents approximately 500 Coke employees at six Western Washington area locations, in Bellevue, Marysville, Fife, Tacoma, Aberdeen and Bremerton.