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

Tentative agreement reached on MLA; info sessions this week, voting to start week of Dec. 11

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.  

Have questions??? 
Come to one of our MLA info sessions THIS WEEK!

  • Wed., Dec. 6, 12-1 p.m., Admin Building, Room 653 (call-in information: 712-775-7031, access code: 932 077 641)
  • Thurs., Dec. 7, 12-1 p.m., King Street Center, 8th floor conference room

If you have other questions, please contact your Union Representative.

Master Labor Agreement negotiations to begin in February!

As an outcome of last year's Total Compensation negotiations, we are preparing to bargain the Master Labor Agreement beginning in February 2017. The Master Labor Agreement will include universal contract provisions -- which we will negotiate -- for all Coalition of Unions members under the agreement. The creation of a Master Labor Agreement is an effort to streamline the commonalities among our many contracts, while preserving the unique items in our individual contracts.

If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.

2017-18 Total Comp agreement passes in all bargaining units

The votes have been tallied, and all Local 17 bargaining units have agreed to the 2017-18 Total Compensation contract with King County. Thank you for participating in this important process.

You can find the 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)

Tentative Agreement reached in Total Comp negotiations for 2017-18 contract

The King County Coalition of Unions, which includes Local 17, is pleased to report that we reached a tentative agreement with the County on Sept. 7 for the 2017-18 contract.

The agreement is for a total 2.25% wage increase in 2017, and a 2.75% increase in 2018, contingent on ratification of a Master Agreement effective Jan. 1, 2018.

The Coalition was also able to secure one additional day of vacation in 2017 and two days in 2018. After hearing concerns about members not being able to use their vacation days, the Coalition also secured language protecting members from going over their vacation cap in instances where they are unable to get approved vacation leave.

The County will continue to contribute $1465 per employee per month into insurance for 2017 and will increase that amount by 4% in 2018 to $1524. We also secured that there will be no premium share for two years.

The Coalition and the County agreed to extend the Paid Parental Leave pilot for 2017, to be negotiated for 2018 and beyond. We also settled on language protecting members’ individual contracts during the Master Agreement negotiation process.

We are grateful to the Local 17 bargaining team members -- Hossein Barahimi (DOT/Transit), Sheryl Davis (Public Health), Henry Dotson (DNRP), Steve Ford (IT), Jennell Hicks (Public Health), Barry Samet (DOT/Transit), Fred White (DDES/DPER), and Leonard Winchester (Public Health) -- for fighting hard for the rights of all of their members, and for obtaining a solid tentative agreement that satisfied all members of the Coalition. We will be holding information sessions soon, followed by a vote on the agreement by bargaining unit.

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

2017 Chapter Meetings

The Aug. 1 meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Atlantic/Central Base.

Locations for the other dates will be determined at a later date.

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 Contract 2015-16

All bargaining units within Local 17 overwhelmingly ratified the Total Comp agreement for 2015-16. You can view the Tentative Agreement as well as the Frequently Asked Questions at the links below:

2015-16 Tentative Agreement
Addendum A
Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Below is the 2017 list of participants in the Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association (VEBA). Local 17 members voted by bargaining unit in 2015 for the 2016-2018 term.

If you have questions, please see VEBA FAQs.

Sick Leave and Vacation Leave

Transit Chiefs -- NO VEBA

Transit P&T (17D) -- Sick Leave and Vacation Leave

Transit Supervisors -- NO VEBA

Roads P&T -- Sick Leave

Roads P&T Professionals --
Sick Leave and Vacation Leave

Transit Administrative Support -- Sick Leave

Information Technology --
Sick Leave and Vacation Leave

Court Reporters -- NO VEBA

Emergency Mgmt; DES; PPM -- Sick Leave and Vacation Leave

DPH, DCHS -Admin. Unit --
Sick Leave

DPH, DCHS Health - Prof/Tech Unit -- Sick Leave and Vacation Leave

DPH - Admin Support Supervisors -- Sick Leave and Vacation Leave

Environmental Health Prof/Tech Unit -- Sick Leave and Vacation Leave

DPH, DCHS - EMS Unit --

DCHS - Involuntary Commitment Supervisor Unit -- Sick Leave and Vacation Leave

DPH, DCHS - Env. Health Sr Professionals Unit -- Sick Leave and Vacation Leave

DNRP, DOT - Supervisors --
Sick Leave

DOT, DDES, DNRP - Managers -- Sick Leave and Vacation Leave