Pierce County Members

Contact Local 17 Representative Jeff Frazier
(206) 328-7321 or (800) 783-0017, Ext. 131

It's Open Enrollment through Nov. 30!

Remember: the time to make changes to your health plan is NOW! Open enrollment runs through Nov. 30. Also, to save money on your 2019 medical expenses, remember to take the annual health assessment by Dec. 15. Visit nwadmin.com to take the survey.

Attention Local PTE 17 Members!

Be sure you properly fill out the Classification & Compensation survey correctly. Surveys are available on the County’s Intranet.

Survey must be completed by Nov. 21st.

Please be aware of your job description. You can find yours on the County’s webpage.

Talk to your supervisor or your union rep if you have questions or concerns.

2018-19 contract ratified by members

The votes have been tallied and members in both the Engineer and Supervisor bargaining units have voted overwhelmingly to pass the 2018-19 contract. Once the contract is approved by the Pierce County Council, you will receive retro pay for 2018. We will keep you updated as we learn more about this timeline. You can find the contract proposal and summary at the links below.

Contract Proposal
Summary of Changes

There was an amazing turn-out for this vote -- thank you for your participation!

Contract Negotiations Update

On Jan. 23, the Local 17 Bargaining Team met with Pierce County to continue contract negotiations.

In this session, we responded to some of the topics that have come up in negotiations so far, including proposals on: sick leave, health insurance and, of course, wages. We will be meeting again on Tues., Jan. 30.

The County has committed to bringing with them a comprehensive proposal and we will be ready to do the same. We are pushing for a tentative agreement while balancing the feedback we have heard from all of you around your primary issues of fair wages and retroactivity.

Local 17 has transitioned to an electronic voting system using Survey Monkey. Please continue to monitor the website and your personal e-mail as there may be a short turn-around time for voting and we want to make sure you have an opportunity to exercise your right! We will also send reminders and notifications as appropriate.

Finally, please join us for the Pierce County Chapter Meeting on Wed., Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Mall Office Building Conference Room 4A!

If you have any questions, please let your Union Representative Denise Cobden know: 800-783-0017 ext. 127

It’s Open Enrollment Time!

The open enrollment for your 2018 Pierce County benefit plans will run through December 1st. In addition to the Pierce County open enrollment you must complete the teamsters open enrollment by December 15th. Login to the link below to complete your open enrollment.

You can save $200-$600 from your annual deductible if you complete a health assessment. You and your spouse or covered domestic partner must complete the assessment by December 15th to be eligible for the savings. Login to the link below to complete your health assessment.

Teamsters Open Enrollment- https://www.nwadmin.com/NWAdmin/SPages/Home.aspx

Health Assessment- http://wateamsters.vivacity.com/

Contract Negotiations Begin

The process to secure a successor agreement for the current contracts with Pierce County began on October 18.  In this preliminary meeting, the Local 17 negotiating team and Pierce County crafted Ground Rules to govern the entire negotiation process and verbally exchanged ideas regarding core issues. As expected, the discussion touched on all major economic issues (wages, medical, etc.), as well as various work rules.

The parties agreed on the following negotiation dates:

November 1, 15, 21, 30
December 12

Additional negotiation dates will be added to this schedule as necessary.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Local 17 Bargaining Team: Aaron Erickson, Troy Lee, Mike Manley and Denise Cobden (PTE17 Staff).

VEBA Vote for 2018

Voting has ended for the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) for all potential retiring employees in 2018. Eligible members in both the Engineering and Supervisors bargaining units have voted YES to participating in VEBA at the 100% level.

VEBA is a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) -- a type of health plan that reimburses out-of-pocket healthcare costs (i.e. insurance co-pays and deductibles, prescription costs, Medicare Part B premiums, supplemental insurance premiums, most over-the-counter medications and supplies, etc.) incurred by you, your spouse and qualifying dependents during retirement. All contributions, investment earnings, and withdrawals (claims) are tax-free.

Chapter Officers and Stewards

January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018

President: Troy Lee
Mike Manley
Treasurer: Aaron Erickson
REC Delegates:
Troy Lee, Aaron Erickson

We have an opening for the Secretary position. If you are interested, please contact Chapter President Troy Lee.

Raymond Belleza, Bryan Chappell, Chris Estep, Erica Grimm, Aaron Erickson, Hans Hunger, Troy Lee, Juan Loyola, Mike Manley, Sarah Motsenbocker, Seth Schade 

Contract Info

Current Contracts

2018-19 Engineering Contract

2018-19 Supervisors Contract


Previous Contracts

2016-17 Engineering Contract

2016-17 Supervisors Contract