King County General Information

Contact Your Local 17 Union Representatives:

(206) 328-7321 • (800) 783-0017

Denise Cobden - Ext.127 - Information Technology (IT)

Ceci Mena - Ext. 129 - 17A, DOT/Roads (17M), Office of Emergency Mgmt. (OEM), Public Health PHASS, Supervisors (17F), Transit: Admin. Support, Chiefs, P&T (17D), Supervisors

Lorelei Walker - Ext. 122 - Court Reporters (17B), Managers (17X) , Public Health

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Master Labor Agreement passed in all bargaining units!

Over a nine month period in 2017, the Coalition of Unions bargained the MLA with King County. The Coalition and your bargaining team members fought hard to secure one of the highest wage increases in the County for 2018 and improved language on training, development, contracting out as well as many other provisions impacting your day-to-day work. We are extremely proud of what was accomplished!

Now, we are awaiting for the King County Council to give final approval on the MLA -- we anticipate this happening around March. When it has been approved, each member will receive the additional 1.5% with retro back to 01/01/18 totaling 3.25% for 2018!

Our next step is to prepare for Total Compensation bargaining where we will negotiate your COLA and health benefits for 2019-2020. Michael Gonzales from Teamsters 174 and Ceci Mena from Local 17 will be the Co-Chairs for this negotiation. As your feedback is important to this process, we urge you to take the survey that will be sent out shortly to your email, and maybe consider volunteering to be on the bargaining team! Contact your Union Representative or Steward if you have any questions.

Again, we appreciate your participation and involvement in negotiations which is a very important part of what makes Local 17 work. We will be offering additional member outreach and leadership opportunities in the coming year to grow and strengthen our Union. We appreciate your commitment, and encourage you to get or stay involved! Remember -- in union there is strength!

Tentative agreement reached on MLA

The Coalition of Unions reached a tentative agreement (TA) with King County on a Master Labor Agreement (MLA) in October. Electronic ballots and all accompanying materials (including the complete, redlined agreement) will be e-mailed during the week of Dec. 11 after all of the small table bargaining is expected to wrap up.

In the meantime, you can find the highlights of the agreement HERE.  If you have questions, please contact your Union Representative.

2017-18 Total Comp Agreement

You can find the 2017-18 Total Comp agreement and all of the accompanying documents at the links below. If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.

2017-18 Memorandum of Understanding
Summary of Changes
Frequently Asked Questions
Accompanying Documents (Exhibits 1-5)

Paid Parental Leave Update

All Local 17 King County bargaining units, with the exception of the Court Reporters unit, voted to approve the paid parental leave pilot program for 2016.

The Paid Parental Leave pilot is an initiative supported by the Executive and approved by Council that provides 12 weeks of paid parental leave for parents following the birth, adoption, or foster-to-adopt placement of a child.

If your bargaining unit voted to approve the pilot, it will be retroactive to January 1, 2016, and will run through December 31, 2016. Click HERE to view the Paid Parental Leave MOA. You can also read this list of FAQs about the 2016 paid parental leave pilot program at King County.

Chapter Info

Jennell Hicks

Cindy Watanabe-Mezs

Jake Jacobovitch

2018 Meetings
Jan. 16
April 3
Aug. 7
Oct. 2

Dec. 12 (Holiday Party!)

Meetings are typically held at the Central/Atlantic Base from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please check back for location updates, as they may change.

King County Members

All contracts that expired on Dec. 31, 2016 have been rolled over through Dec. 31, 2017. Click here to view the MOA.

DOT Prof & Tech (17D, 17M)
Information Technology
Managers (17X)
Project & Program Managers (17OEM)
Public Health
Superior Court (17B)
Supervisors (17F)
Transit Admin Support
Transit Chiefs
Transit Sups

Total Compensation Committee

Hossein Barahimi
Henry Dotson
Steve Ford
Jennell Hicks
Barry Samet
Fred White
Leonard Winchester

Joint Labor Management Insurance Committee

The Joint Labor Management Insurance Committee (JLMIC) has labor and management representatives that collectively bargain health benefits. Labor representatives are selected by the King County Coalition of Unions. The website for the JLMIC can be found HERE.


If you have questions about Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association (VEBA), please see VEBA FAQs.