Forming a union for guest services workers at the arena will ensure you have a say in your working conditions: that you can make improvements that are important to you at work.
Many of your co-workers have already affirmed their support for forming a union with Teamsters 117. Are you ready to join together to fight for better working conditions?
Let us help you get connected to an organizer to find out more. All information you share with us is kept 100% confidential.
Employees in guest services at the former Key Arena were previously well represented by Teamsters 117. Today, your co-workers want to continue having a union that provides a strong collective voice in the workplace. That’s how you can make sure what was great about working at Key Arena remains and improvements important to you can be made.
Here’s what we’re hearing your co-workers want to maintain or improve about their job at Climate Pledge Arena:
Many of your co-workers were former Teamsters 117 members at Key Arena. They know being part of a union makes a real difference at work. This is what they and other union members say:
Here are answers to questions workers often have about joining a union:
A union is an organized group of workers who unite to have a voice on the job and have a say in their working conditions. Being part of a union gives workers the right to negotiate for workplace improvements as a group with their employer, in the form of a union contract. Once a contract has been negotiated and democratically voted in by the membership, it is also a union’s role to enforce it. Unions empower workers, defend their rights and keep employers accountable.
Unions are democratic non-profit organizations with leaders elected by the membership every few years. They are governed by clear constitutions, bylaws and other rules that are accessible to and changeable by the membership at regularly held conventions or meetings.
Ultimately, unions begin with workers. There are millions of union members in the United States, who know that by standing together they can achieve greater things than on their own.
Teamsters 117 is one of the most powerful, diverse, and dynamic unions in the Pacific Northwest. With over 17,000 members, Teamsters 117 has grown to become the second largest Teamsters local in the country, representing from accountants to zookeepers.
Local 117 used to represent guest services workers at the former Key Arena. They also represent similar professions in other venues. This makes Teamsters 117 the perfect union to build power with employees in guest services at the arena. You can learn more about Teamsters 117 at teamsters117.org
When you and your co-workers come together to form a union, you can protect and improve your wages, benefits and working conditions. Some of the benefits of forming a union include:
There is value in having a collective voice at work, and the data proves it. Studies have shown that workers in a union are more likely to benefit from:
The union advantage is even greater for people of color, women, immigrants, and others who have confronted workplace discrimination. A union contract provides an assurance that all workers will be treated fairly at work.
Securing what you have today into a legally binding contract ensures that what you like about your job stays that way even if there is a change of management and even ownership. This is specially relevant for workers who used to work at Key Arena and are now seeking to return to Climate Pledge Arena, Belonging to a union also creates a support network: Stewards, union representatives, negotiators and lawyers will be there to ensure your fair treatment at work, always.
Workers wanting to form a union have legal rights and protections under the National Labor Relations Act. Because Climate Pledge Arena management has committed to remain neutral and respect the rights of their employees to form a union, arena workers have the huge advantage of following a fair and simple process known as “card check” to become unionized. Through this process, a union is automatically approved after a majority of workers sign cards saying they want a union. Signing a card is easy and confidential, you can even do it online here. Whether you are ready to sign a card or not, we encourage you to get in touch to strategize and talk about next steps with a union organizer.
Absolutely. The National Labor Relations Act protects the rights of employees to form a union. It is ilegal to fire, threaten or discriminate against a worker for their support of a union. What is more, Climate Pledge Arena management has a relationship with a number of Seattle-area unions. They have committed to respect the legal right of their employees to unionize if they choose to do so.
There is no cost to join until you vote in your first collective agreement. Once you start benefiting from your new contract, your dues will be no more than a small percentage of your earnings. Due rates vary per job type – we encourage you to get in touch with us to find out more about your specific union dues rate. Since unions are non-profit organizations, you can be sure everything you invest in your union is spent back in union members. The voice at work, rights and benefits that come with unionization are well worth the small cost associated with joining!
If you’re interested in learning more about forming a union, use the form below and a member of the Teamsters 117 team will follow up with you. We treat inquiries in confidence. Your employer will never know you contacted us.