Vote 'Yes' on Prop 1: Seattle Parks for All!

Seattle has one of the greatest parks systems in America, but for years daily maintenance has been neglected due to a $267 million shortage. As the current parks levy is about to expire, Local 17 encourages you to support our parks by voting 'YES' on Proposition 1 this August. This ballot proposition will establish a stable, dedicated funding source for our parks.

Support Seattle Parks and vote YES for Proposition 1 on August 5th! Visit to learn more.

Check out Local 17's award-winning video: "We Work"


As part of the 2013 MayWorks celebration of labor, the Washington State Labor Council sponsored a video contest, and Local 17's video took second place! Thanks to all of our members who work hard everyday to keep our communities safe and healthy!

Local 17 Scholarship Deadline - July 31!

Local 17 offers an annual $3,000 academic scholarship to dependents of members who will be attending college in the fall. Applicants are evaluated on their academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, and educational goals, as well as their labor-related essay, which is reviewed by outside labor educators. The applicant must be a graduating high school senior.

You can download the application here. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2014.

Recommended Reading from the Executive Director

Here are a couple of recent op-eds about our crumbling infrastructure and the war on workers from the New York Times, recommended by Local 17's Executive Director Joe McGee.

The War on Workers
July 2, 2014

Porches, potholes and patriots
July 5, 2014