King County General Information

Contact Your Local 17 Union Representatives:

(206) 328-7321

Denise Cobden - Ext.127 - DOT/Roads (17M), Information Technology (IT), Office of Emergency Mgmt. (OEM), Public Health PHASS, Supervisors (17F), Transit: Admin. Support, Chiefs, P&T (17D), Supervisors

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

King County Coalition of Unions Comes to Tentative Agreement at Coalition!
August 30, 2018

Great news!  Late yesterday afternoon the King County Coalition of Union bargaining members unanimously voted to recommend moving forward a tentative agreement on economics.

This included the landslide victory of a 4% general wage increase for 2019, and a total of 3% general wage increase for 2020, plus a $500 bonus only offered to Coalition Union members.  It also included enhancements to insurance such as a full reinstatement of retiree benefits, long term disability paid for by the County, an added voluntary short-term disability plan and increased benefits for vision coverage.  This means an increase to wages of 10.25% (plus a $500 bonus) for our three-year contract (2018 - 2020).

The King County Coalition of Unions and its member representatives have been negotiating with the County for months and are pleased to come to a tentative deal.  We still have individual contract negotiations before the agreement is finalized and ready to vote, but we will keep you updated with more information to come!

We appreciate the many hours of negotiations, work, and advocacy the bargaining team put into this, and are confident that it will be a competitive package for our members.  We are leaders at the table and have had a represented spot as head Negotiator/Co-Chair for many years.  Remember, negotiations like these to secure competitive wages, compensation and working conditions are directly funded by the dues of our members.  We appreciate your continued support to ensure that members of PTE Local 17 have the very best possible wages and working conditions!  A strong Union represents a strong coalition and a strong position at the bargaining table.

More details to come as they materialize but we are very happy to announce this very exciting news!  We will also be setting up Meet & Greets around the County in September, and when we have documents ready to vote.

If you have questions, please contact Total Compensation Co-Chair Denise Cobden (, Union Representative Lorelei Walker (, or the following team members below:

Hossein Barahimi
Heather Eliason
Collette Fidecaro
Mark Foote
Steve Ford
Jennell Hicks
Jake Jacobovitch
Jennifer Johnson
Jim Kost
Mark Mitchell
Ross Pettit
Peg Taglianetti

In solidarity,

Denise Cobden (Professional and Technical Employees Local 17)

and Michael Gonzales (Teamsters Local 174)

King County Coalition of Unions Negotiation Co-Chairs


King County Council Unanimously Passes the Master Labor Agreement

On Monday, May 7, 2018, the King County Council unanimously passed the Master Labor Agreement.  In the presentation the Council thanked the King County Coalition of Unions for our part in the negotiations.

The Master Labor Agreement offers many additional benefits to participating Coalition members including a 3.25% total General Wage Adjustment for 2018.  Coalition members should receive retroactive pay for the GWI on July 12 for bi-weekly paychecks and July 20 for semi-monthly paychecks.  Any rate changes and personal holiday distribution outlined in the MLA will show up on this check as well.

It also includes:

  • Expanded school volunteer program to Employee Giving Program organizations.
  • A Scholarship Fund available only to Coalition unions.
  • A "Me too" provision for non-Coalition union contract settlements.
  • Funding of all job-required training, licenses and certifications for employees.
  • An enhances internal hiring process, including Special Duty Assignments to provide more opportunities and transparency to promotional opportunities for Coalition members.

And much more!

Once the Executive signs the document, we should expect implementation of the Master Labor Agreement soon after.  The Coalition is currently negotiating Total Compensation including wage increase and insurance funding for 2019 and 2020. We will keep you updated as we progress in this process.

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.

Master Labor Agreement

2018-2020 MLA

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

KC Steward List

Stewards (as of Aug. 2018)

Total Compensation Committee

Hossein Barahimi
Heather Eliason
Collette Fidecaro
Mark Foote
Steve Ford
Jennell Hicks
Jake Jacobovitch
Jennifer Johnson
Jim Kost
Mark Mitchell
Ross Pettit
Peg Taglianetti


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

In July 2018, retirement- eligible members in each contract were asked to vote on whether they wanted to adopt a VEBA program. This vote covers 2019-2021. Another vote will be held in 2021 for members who are retirement-eligible at that time. You can find the results of the 2018 vote HERE. If you have questions, ask your Union Representative.