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Washington State Prison Workers Say Yes to Local 117

Washington State Prison Workers Say Yes to Local 117

Historic Contract Negotiations To Begin Soon

April 3, 2004

By a 10-1 margin, employees of the Washington state Department of Corrections (DOC) this week affirmed their support for representation by Teamsters Local 117 in Seattle.

Over the last month, many of the 5,216 DOC employees working in the prisons throughout Washington have been voting. Ballots were counted March 31.

"A victory of this size gives the workers much-needed leverage at the bargaining table in negotiations that will start in the next few weeks," said John Williams, Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer who spearheaded the effort to design an effective representation model.

The negotiations are significant in that for the first time Washington state employees will be able to negotiate wages and aspects of their health insurance.

"I want to thank all of the DOC employees who were involved in the election, the shop stewards and staff of Local 117, as well as the membership of our union for your steadfast support throughout the process," Williams said.

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