Public Services

Public Services Division

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Local 174 represents Public Services employees at:

King County Public Works, King County DOT, Port of Seattle, Seattle School District, Washington State Patrol “CVE04 Commercial Division”
  • IBT Public Services Division:
    The more than 273,000 Teamsters of the Public Services Division provide critical public services through the government, private employers and not-for-profit organizations.

    Here at Local 174, we represent 250 Public Services employees in public works, transit, schools, and in law enforcement. White collar, blue collar, technicians and degreed professionals—Teamster public service members are an integral part of everyday life.

    IBT Division Director: Michael Filler

  • Business Agents:

    Tim AllenTim Allen
    Senior Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1316
    Port of Seattle, Seattle School District

    Michael GonzalesMichael Gonzales
    Senior Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1345
    King County Public Works, King County DOT

    Dave Jacobsen
    Senior Business Agent
    Contact Phone: 206-441-6060 ext. 1317
    Washington State Patrol CVE04 Commercial Division

  • Useful Links:



Public Services Teamsters in the News:

FMCSA Adds New Opioids to Drug Testing Panel Effective January 1, 2018

New Regulations will Test for Vicodin, OxyContin, Lorta, Norco, Dilaudid, etc.

November 21, 2017

Beginning January 1, 2018, the US Department of Transportations’ Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will expand its drug testing panel to include four synthetic opioid drugs: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. These substances are more commonly known as Vicodin, OxyContin, Lorta, Norco, and Dilaudid, among others.

These drugs are being added in order to harmonize DOT regulations with the recently revised Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. The HHS Guidelines were updated after studies of drug abuse trends made it clear that opioid abuse needed to be addressed.

The inclusion of these drugs is intended to combat illegal opioid abuse. There should not be a problem with these drugs if they are being taken responsibly via a legally valid prescription consistent with the Controlled Substances Act.

All FMCSA-regulated employers have until January 1, 2018 to revise their drug and alcohol testing policies to conform to the new regulations. Any Teamsters Local 174 member with a Commercial Drivers’ License and who is subject to FMCSA drug and alcohol testing at work should be aware of these changes. If you have any questions, please contact your Teamster Business Agent.

To learn more about this, read the full Department of Transportation rule published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2017.

King County Coalition of Unions Reaches a Fully-Recommended Tentative Agreement with County over a Master Labor Agreement

October 5, 2017

We have some exciting news! Today, after nine months of challenging negotiations, our King County Coalition of Unions reached a fully-recommended tentative agreement with the County over a Master Labor Agreement (MLA).

From the outset, our goal in MLA bargaining was to solidify the strongest language from the myriad of County contracts into one unifying agreement. Despite many difficult moments, we were able to partner with the County to successfully achieve that goal.

The MLA, if ratified by your bargaining unit, will determine many of the terms and conditions of your employment at the County. There are 40 articles that cover topics such as union recognition, union bulletin board usage, safety gear, safety allowances, after-hours support, holidays, vacation leave, bereavement leave, parental leave, jury duty, reclassification, and many others.

In nearly all cases, we were able to achieve the best language that currently exists in the many union contracts across the County and incorporate it into the agreement. As a result, the MLA will mean significant improvements to the contracts of Coalition bargaining units.

A fully-recommended MLA represents another critical step in the bargaining process that started with Total Comp negotiations last year. The next step is for us to return to our small table negotiations. Once those negotiations are complete, Coalition members in their individual bargaining units will have an opportunity to vote on their small table agreements and the MLA.

As we complete our small table (individual contract) negotiations, your specific contract/bargaining units should continue to update you on their progress. We will inform the entire Coalition when we have a complete deal.

Thank you to the outstanding work of our Coalition bargaining committee. Our team did an extraordinary job navigating the challenging issues that arose at the bargaining table. Thank you also to the County for listening to the concerns of union members and being a willing partner in these negotiations.

If you have questions, please reach out to your bargaining committee member or talk to your union representative. Thank you for your service to the residents of King County.

Update on King County Coalition Bargaining

September 8, 2017

King County Master Labor Agreement (MLA) bargaining is getting down to the wire. The county is interested in ushering any tentative agreement reached with the coalition through the county’s contract transmittal process by December 28. To meet that timeline, they have proposed wrapping up MLA negotiations by next week and small table bargaining by October 2.

Our union coalition is committed to achieving the best possible agreement on behalf of the membership based on your feedback. We are amenable to the county’s timeline, but not if it means sacrificing our priorities at the bargaining table.

Any agreement reached by our coalition and the county is subject to ratification by the individual bargaining units in the coalition. If we are able to reach an agreement with the county, we anticipate giving you the opportunity to vote on the MLA this fall.

In yesterday’s bargaining session, the county responded to our proposal from last week with a complete counterproposal. We asked for clarification on several issues and discussed a number of topics, including union recognition, union bulletin board usage, safety gear, safety allowances, after-hours support, holidays, vacation leave, bereavement leave, parental leave, jury duty, reclassification, comp time, and many others.

In general, with all of these topics, the county is interested in standardizing as much contractual language as possible to gain efficiencies and streamline small table bargaining. Our interest as coalition is in preserving the best of the hard-fought language improvements contained in the myriad of union contracts across the county.

This has been a long and challenging process. Thank you to our bargaining committee members for the tremendous work and sacrifice they have made during these negotiations.
Next week is our final scheduled bargaining session with the county. We should have a better idea where things stand after that meeting. If you have questions about MLA bargaining, please contact your bargaining committee member or talk to your union representative.

Seattle School District Local 174 Members Work Through the Summer

September 7, 2017

Check out this video featuring our members at the Seattle School District, who have been working hard throughout the summer to get Seattle Schools all ready for a new year. Thanks to our members for their hard work and dedication! Seattle kids appreciate it, and so do we.

Over 1,400 Trades Workers Join Teamsters Local 2010

September 1, 2017

SETC Members Vote Overwhelmingly in Favor of Affiliation

(OAKLAND, Calif.)—Skilled trades workers with the State Employees Trades Council (SETC-United) overwhelmingly voted to affiliate with Teamsters Local 2010 on Thursday, August 31.

Over 1,000 workers voted from across California, with 75 percent voting in favor of the joining the Teamsters.

“This victory was achieved through the hard work and the magnificent foresight of the SETC members,” said Jason Rabinowitz, Teamsters Local 2010 Secretary-Treasurer.  “We are proud to have the skilled trades workers join Teamsters Local 2010. Together, we have the power to bring real improvements to the wages and working conditions to the trades and become a powerhouse in higher education.” (more…)

West Contra Costa School District Workers Join Teamsters

June 15, 2017

Teamsters Local 856 Welcomes More Than 1,800 Members Following a Year-Long Organizing Campaign for Strong Representation

(SAN BRUNO, Calif.) – Classified employees of West Contra Costa Unified School District voted overwhelmingly today to join Teamsters Local 856 as they push for improved wages, health care and other benefits. The workers voted by mail over the past month and ballots were counted today at the regional office of the Public Employment Relations Board. There are more than 1,800 members in the bargaining unit.

“With this vote, workers at West Contra Costa Unified have come together to send a message: they deserve better,” said Peter Finn, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 856. “We will aggressively represent these new members and bring forward demands for fairness and respect on the job. As Teamsters, their voices will be amplified and the district should hear them – they are ready to fight and they have a strong union to back them.” (more…)

Washington State Patrol Communications Managers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 174

April 28, 2017

Teamsters Local 174 is proud to welcome the Washington State Patrol Communications Managers to our membership. Prior to joining the Teamsters, the nine workers in the group – who oversee all the 911 operations for the entire Washington State Patrol – were members of their own Guild called the Washington State Patrol Communications Managers Association. However, they decided in March of 2017 to join Teamsters Local 174 after realizing that they would have far more say on the job with the power of the Teamsters at their backs.

“There is a tremendous amount of value in having professional negotiators on your side,” said Jo Baumgartner, former President of the group’s Guild. “It’s hard when you’re arguing directly with your boss. With help from the Teamsters, we hope to secure better contracts with stronger language to protect us and better wage increases than we would have gotten on our own.”

The Communications Managers will be included in the Teamsters Public Services Division. They will join our other Washington State Patrol group, the CVE04 Commercial Vehicle Enforcement workers.

“We always say that Local 174 has the best contracts, which these employees saw firsthand during their last round of negotiations,” said Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “Now they will get to benefit from the strength that comes from being part of a group of nearly 8,000 people, rather than a group of just nine.”

“There’s strength in numbers, but even more than that, there’s strength in being a Teamster,” Baumgartner said. “We are so excited to be a part of that.”

Teamsters Local 251 Contract Approved by Fall River City Council

March 22, 2017

Agreement Includes Job Protections, Additional Funding and Training

(FALL RIVER, Mass.) –– Teamsters Local 251 is pleased to announce that the Fall River City Council has approved, by an 8-1 vote, a collective bargaining agreement for the city’s Department of Community Maintenance (DCM) workers.

The agreement was approved after an outcry by Teamsters Local 251, workers and the public over a stalled process.

The collective bargaining agreement between the city’s Department of Community Maintenance (DCM) and Teamsters Local 251 includes a $245,000 settlement agreement for workers that had been reached between the city and Local 251, which effectively ends the high-profile lawsuit that was filed by the union following the privatization of the city’s trash pickup. (more…)

Teamsters Local 700 Files Unfair Labor Practice Against Grundy County Sheriff and Grundy County

February 6, 2017

Sheriff Refuses to Bargain in Good Faith With Union Regarding Grundy Co. Sergeants

(GRUNDY COUNTY, Ill.) – On Feb. 1, 2017, Teamsters Local 700 filed an unfair labor practice with the Illinois Labor Relations Board against the Grundy County Sheriff and Grundy County (“Employer”) after the Employer stopped providing health insurance for the Grundy County sergeants while the parties are trying to negotiate a new contract.

First Contract For Orange County Workers

January 23, 2017

Local 952 Delivers with Wage and Benefit Improvements

Residents of Orange County, Calif., may notice a spring in the step of county workers since 450 have recently ratified their first Teamster contract. Since voting in representation by Local 952 in December of 2015, county employees, along with staff of the local union, had been bargaining with the county administrators to win wage and benefit improvements.

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