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December 10 2008

Special Statement for TEA Members in Wastewater

Dear TEA Members,

Many of you are receiving pledge cards to consider joining 117.  Now is a critical time, because of the furlough.  If enough of you sign cards, The Teamsters will file a petition to represent TEA members in Wastewater and ALL bargaining will cease. This means for certain, any chance of settling the furlough effects will be delayed for several months.

The King County Council has given HR another week to see who they can sign on to the TA and it's in our contract offer.  However, once you sign cards, the bargaining process cannot continue and the representation process must go through to a vote even if you just want to test the water, so to speak.

There is a lot to consider, not the least of which is our dues will increase $700 per year for the average member, nearly $1000 a year for those of you at the top.  If the economy really is crashing, is now the time to spend more on dues just to switch unions?

Thanks for listening. - R. Browne

TEA Board

   Roger Browne, President
   Adé Franklin, Vice President
   Ken Madden, Secretary
   Terry Browne, Treasurer
   Eric Davison, Wastewater Bargaining Chair
   Jerry Williams, Transit Bargaining Chair
   John Phillips, Council of Reps. Chair