Get Involved!

There are many opportunities for members to get involved with Local 17!  Whether at your workplace, in your local Chapter meetings, or at the union’s policy-making level, you can help to build and maintain workers’ rights, which bolsters a strong middle class. Contact your Union Representative for more information on ways you can participate in your union!

Union-Wide Leadership Opportunities

Executive Board
The Executive Board is the equivalent of the union’s board of directors. The board meets monthly to make policy decisions between REC meetings and exercises financial oversight of union operations. Each board member is elected by a membership-wide vote and serves a three-year term of office. To learn more about the current Executive Board, visit the Local 17 Executive Board page.

Regional Executive Committee (REC)
The REC is the union’s primary policymaking body.  It is composed of delegates who are selected by union members at the chapter level, in numbers proportional to the number of members within each chapter’s jurisdiction. To learn more about the REC, visit the REC page.

Leadership Opportunities in Your Workplace

Through chapters, members have a forum to discuss issues pertaining to their workplaces and their collective bargaining agreements. Chapters are generally structured so that members of each chapter have a common employer. Chapters also provide member access to union governance through the election of delegates to the REC. 

This is the list of current Local 17 chapters: Aberdeen, Bellingham-Skagit, Benton-Franklin, Chehalis, Chelan-Douglas, Clark County, COPPEA, DOT-Tacoma, Everett, Inland Empire, Kelso-Longview, King County, Kitsap, Local 17 Staff, Mt. Baker, NW Regional DOT, Peninsula Health, Pierce County, Port Angeles, Sea-Vue, Seattle, Snohomish Health, Spokane Regional Health District, Spokane, Statewide CO, Statewide CVEO, Statewide DOL-LSR, Statewide DOL-PRFTA, Tacoma, Thurston County, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Wenatchee, Yakima

Stewards are member-leaders selected through election or appointment to assist in the day-to-day administration of bargaining collective agreements and to serve as critical links in the union’s communications network. Stewards are agents of the union and are vital links in keeping the union strong and moving it forward. If you are interested in becoming a Steward, visit our Steward Resources page.

Negotiating Committees
Negotiating committees are composed of members selected by each bargaining unit to coordinate contract negotiation efforts with staff union representatives. Negotiating committees sometimes continue after new agreements are ratified to advise on matters between contract negotiations.

Policy Committees
Policy committees are comprised of members selected to discuss, advise, and coordinate with staff union representatives on an ongoing basis on issues of unit-wide significance. They seek to achieve consensus on a wide variety of issues that affect unit members and serve as an important adjunct to the union’s staff representation functions.

Talk to your Union Representative if you are interested in serving on a negotiating or policy committee.