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General Teamsters Union Local 38
Photos and Reports on Local 38 Solidarity Actions

EVERETT (Sept. 28, 2017) — Hospice and home health caregivers, frustrated with rushing between vulnerable patients and taking long hours of on-call time, hosted a community candlelight vigil on Wednesday to call on Providence Hospice & Home Care of Snohomish County to invest in care and caregivers. More than 200 nurses, chaplains, and other caregivers were joined by elected officials, faith leaders, and community partners to sing and hold vigil for patients whose care is impacted by Providence’s refusal to invest in caregivers. Last week the caregivers voted 90% in favor of going on strike, but instead hosted the vigil in hopes of not having to strike.

Read more about this event here.....

Mass Transit Now

On September 6th, Debbie Gath and Daryn Wilbur were invited to attend a meeting put on by the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County to include the Teamsters representing Labor in the campaign for Sound Transit 3 (ST3).   Mass Transit Now, the name of the campaign, is a  once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create 116 miles of Sound Transit light rail, new bus rapid transit lines and express busses to expand commuter rail through Snohomish County, along the I-5 corridor and to Everett.  

1 million new people will call this region home in the next 25 years.  Mass Transit Now is a critical investment to keep our region moving.  

A light rail line can carry 16,000 people in an hour - in each direction.  A general purpose freeway lane moves 2,000 cars per hour in ideal conditions or as few as 700 in heavy congestion.  That's the equivalent of adding 14 new general purpose freeway lanes to Interstate 5 through the heart of downtown Seattle.  The Puget Sound region will have a system that could move over 1 million people per day. 

The Teamsters have moved forward in endorsing Proposition 1, which will be on your ballot in November, for several reasons.  But probably the most important for our local and for our Everett economy is how many living wage jobs this will create.   ST3 is projected to create more than 78,000 direct jobs and more than 144,000 indirect jobs over the 25-year period of construction, for a total of over 223,000 jobs. Here at Local 38, this project has the capacity of affecting 250+ living wage, Teamster construction jobs. And THAT'S something to vote YES on!

On September 12th, Debbie Gath attended the project's Kick Off Party in Everett and was met by many business coalitions and state and local politicians thanking the Teamsters for supporting Prop 1!

You can learn more about Sound Transit 3 and the campaign, Mass Transit Now, by clicking the link below.

Debbie Gath, Political Coordinator for Local #38, joined Dustin Lambro and Brenda Weist, Political Coordinators for Local #117, in Las Vegas on May 8th and 9th for a Political Coordinator's Conference prior to the Teamsters Unity Conference.

We represented Washington and Joint Council 28 

Classes were taken, topics were discussed, and lessons were learned, to improve my skills as your

Legislative Liaison!

SMOKEY POINT CONCRETE didn't know what hit 'em!

On an early Saturday morning in April, Business Agent, Daryn Wilbur, gathered his troops!  We headed up to Arlington to potentially organize Smokey Point Concrete.  Their parent company, Cal-Portland, is home to many of our Teamster Brothers and Sisters.

The only cold rainy morning in April just happened to be the one we picked. In attendance to stand in solidarity and show support were Allen and Mark from Stanwood Redi-Mix, Dave, and Ray from Cemex, Union Brothers from Operating Engineers Local 302, Stanwood Mayor Leonard Kelley, a retired Brother whose wife happens to be an Albertsons employee, Executive Board Members Don Ille (Cemex), Mike Raughter, John Howell, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer, Steve Chandler, Recording Secretary, Tammi Brady, and Business Agents Sam Kantak and Debbie Gath, were all brought together by Daryn Wilbur. 

Coffee, Donuts, and Rain were the topics of conversation for a little while until the trucks started pulling out!  We had literature, they were too intimidated and hesitant to stop.


There was a lot of this......

And then there was some of this......

But what would an organizing campaign with the Teamsters be without a little "trouble" ?

The Snohomish County Sheriff stayed and chatted with us for quite some time, there were many laughs, friends made, business cards exchanged....

We definitely got the Company's attention, and made a little contact when they weren't looking!  

April 28 is the 44th Anniversary of Congress passing the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.

Still, 50,000 workers die each year from occupational diseases caused by exposure to toxins or other hazards at work. No one should have to trade their health for a paycheck.

                                              On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, Local #38 Business Agents and Members of the Executive Board attended the Snohomish County Labor Council’s Workers Memorial Day Observance on the steps of the Snohomish County Courthouse in front of the Mission Building. It was one of seven memorial services in Washington State held this month.  Secretary-Treasurer, Steve Chandler, was among four people who read off the names of over 80 laborers who died in Washington State in 2014. 

Also in attendance was Snohomish County Councilmember, Stephanie Wright, Secretary-Treasurer of the Snohomish County Labor Council, Mayor Leonard Kelley, Washington State Labor Council President, Jeff Johnson, Mayor of Marysville, Jon Nehring, and Snohomish County Executive, John Lovick.

Later that evening, at the Snohomish County Labor Temple in Everett, John Howell, Jr., Mike Raughter, and Sam Kantak were sworn in as delegates from the Teamsters for the Snohomish County Labor Council. 

April 1, 2015

Heed Nurses' Warning On Staffing Issues  ~  By Jake Nicholls

It was a sea of yellow outside my daughter's hospital room on St. Patrick's Day this year as Providence's nurses held an informational picket to raise awareness of staffing and pay issues. Herald readers may have read that day's story, or seen the picket in person.  If so, a friendly nurse likely handed you a sheed that said "Nurses Need A Voice" without much else on it and talked to you about something called Safe Staffing and better pay and health benefits.  

Regardless of my personal views on unions, I didn't pay this much mind since I don't have any sort of benefits and a registered nurse is likely worth about three of me.  And with Providence's excellent reputation for quality care, patiend pay flexibility and charitable work, how bad could it be to work for them?  I think most people probably did what I did: Ignore the first thing we didn't know much about and recall how nice our new hospital is.  I got a crash course in Safe Staffing a few nights later.  

I knew something was off after the nurse in charge took care of my daughter (Hint: that's not supposed to happen).  Then a familiar face from day shift walks in the door to take over.  Keep in mind these nurses work 12-hour shifts up to 6 days in a row.  This nurse, in addition to working 20 hours of her 24-hour day, was loaded with other patients to the point where we could barely find her when we needed her.  My wife and I addressed our daughter's problems, moved and touched things we shouldn't have, and made things work while our sleepy nurse took care of patients on the other side of the wing. 

Did I mention we're in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit?  This is a picture of what Safe Staffing isn't:  too many people, not enough nurses.  And worried as I am about my child, I worry even more for the babies in worse shape than mine is.  The ones born with severe defects, the babies born at 24 weeks where survival rates are low and problems are rampant, the babies who don't have two other adults in the room to try and pick up the slack.  Let's go over a little more of what Safe Staffing isn't. 

Safe Staffing isn't carting a very vulnerable child from room to room because of "staffing". 

Safe Staffing isn't keeping nurses so busy that visitors and parents are left waiting to get inside with no "huck" (the person who watches the heart monitors and sometimes grabs the door) in sight. 

Safe Staffing isn't keeping a child in a room for one day and then moving rooms due, again, to "staffing". 

I have seen the nurses here do some incredible things with their limited staffing resources.  But as a father, I am deeply concerned for the safety of the patients in Providence's hospitals.  What the nurses here want isn't just another pay raise.  What they are asking for is something that is common at other area hospitals: the ability to say "This staffing situation is unsafe and I will not provide my best care in this situation".  As of right now, nurses get their assignments with no input.  Which sounds OK until you consider that these frontline nurses probably have a much better sense of what needs to be done verses someone in an office drawing up staffing arrangements from a formula and a chart with names and blood pressures on it. 

The kicker?  If something happens while these nurses are on duty with their unsafe assignments, they are ultimately liable. 

The security guards here call this campus The Country Club because it's slower, easier, and less stressful than the hospital on Colby.  I recall when my Grandpa was hospitalized at the Colby campus and each overworked nurse tried to give him sugar despite his diabetes.  If nurses at Colby are any worse off than they are here, I can't imagine what else get overlooked.  

Providence needs to step up to the table and bargain with these nurses.  They'd love a raise just like anyone else, but the real reason our nurses are speaking up is because our community's most vulnerable members are at serious risk.  A simple change in nurse's rights or a few new hires could make a world of difference.  And this community needs to step up and stand with the heroes who save lives every day.  Nobody wants another Death Valley. 

This article was taken from the March 30, 2015 Herald Newspaper * Page A9 * In the Opinion section

Please stop by the Local if you'd like to put one of these bright yellow and blue signs in your house window or car window.  We grabbed a bunch!

So Steve Chandler, Daryn Wilbur, Debbie Gath, Samantha Kantak, and Tammi Brady joined a room full of retired and active Providence nurses, fire fighters and EMT's, representatives from SEIU and UFCW and the Washington Labor Council on Wednesday morning, Apri1st.  We heard testimonies that were unbelievable from some of these nurses!   

We then joined them in a walk upstairs to pay a surprise visit to Barbara Hyland-Hill, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett at the Colby Campus and to give her a letter urging the hospital to negotiate a fair contract the following day, April 2nd. 

.... And do you know what happened once we all got upstairs to her office?  She hid behind closed doors and wouldn't come out to face us, the people who represent thousands of community members that use Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett as "their hospital". 

The 1400 nurses at Providence in Everett have been without a contract since October 2014, and will enter into their 17th negotiation meeting on Tuesday, April 2nd 2015.  

Please support them in any way you can.  We will have yard signs, window/car signs, and stickers available at the Local during our April 16th General Membership Meeting.

The Teamsters Took The Streets with

Providence Hospital Nurses , St Patrick's Day 2015

Still no contract for Providence nurses

  • Registered nurse Chelsea Deahl leads other Providence Everett nurses in a chant during informational picketing Tuesday afternoon outside the medical c...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Registered nurse Chelsea Deahl leads other Providence Everett nurses in a chant during informational picketing Tuesday afternoon outside the medical center. Nurses joined with other local union members to protest contract disputes with the hospital over low staffing and employee health care benefits.

  • Providence Regional Medical Center Everett nurses led informational picketing outside the medical center on Tuesday.

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Providence Regional Medical Center Everett nurses led informational picketing outside the medical center on Tuesday.

EVERETT — After six months of negotiation, contract talks between Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and 1,400 registered nurses remain deadlocked. The two sides have been unable to come to an agreement despite working with a federal mediator. Tuesday afternoon, nurses plan informational picketing on the hospital's two Everett campuses. A rally is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the main hospital at 1700 13th Ave. Union representatives say the major issue is a need for more staffing. Like other metro Puget Sound hospitals, Providence has seen significant increases in the number of people hospitalized and emergency room patients. Providence says it has added about 80 nurses since January to help meet demand. The nurses are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workersunion. At the rally Tuesday, they are expected to be joined by Everett firefighters and representatives from two big Boeing unions, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers(IAM), said UFCW spokesman Tom Geiger. “We're not on strike,” Geiger said. “There hasn't been a recommendation for a strike vote yet. But an informational picket is sort of one step short of that.” Danielle Percival, a union member who works as a head nurse on the night shift, said neither side in the dispute wants a strike. Percival said she hopes the union events Tuesday help convince the hospital that the community supports the nurses. Barbara Hyland-Hill, Providence's chief nursing officer, said the hospital “will do everything in our power to avoid a strike.” Anyone needing health services at the hospital shouldn't be concerned that the contract dispute will affect their care, Hyland-Hill said. The nurses' contract expired Oct. 31. There have been 15 negotiating sessions and several temporary contract extensions, the last of which expired Feb. 27. The union had hoped for a breakthrough during a negotiating session earlier this month, Geiger said. “Unfortunately, that didn't happen.” No additional bargaining sessions have been scheduled, but a federal mediator has been asked to set a date for more talks, Hyland-Hill said. The union has suggested having someone from outside the hospital help mediate staffing issues. The hospital feels it has measures in place to address the issues in a timely way, Hyland-Hill said. “This is really about collaboration with our nurses.” The hospital has offered three years of wage increases. Nurses would get a about a 5.5 percent raise the first year, about 5.25 percent the second year and about 5.5 percent the third year. Percival said union members generally are satisfied with that offer. Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486;


The week of Thanksgiving, 2014, Staff, Board Members, and Members, including State Representative Mike Sells and  Stanwood Mayor Leonard Kelly were there to support striking Walmart workers!  

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