Government Affairs

Washington State

Adrienne Thompson, Government Affairs Director, 206-328-7321 - ext. 115

Why we endorse Jenny Durkan for Seattle Mayor

"As the largest union representing City of Seattle employees, we endorsed Jenny Durkan because she is qualified and prepared to lead thousands of employees, manage the City’s budget, and address many of the issues facing our city and workers," said Behnaz Nelson, Executive Director of Professional & Technical Employees (PTE) Local 17.

"Our members are standing with Jenny because she has a strong progressive vision focused on addressing inequality, affordability and worker's rights, and she is a tested and proven leader who has what it takes to bring people together and help our city thrive. We’re not ready to take a gamble on someone who lacks any clear management experience and has limited work experience.”

Don't forget to use your democracy vouchers!

In 2015, Seattle voters approved an innovative way to get its residents to participate in local government, and to increase transparency and accountability for election financing.

The Democracy Voucher Program gives residents four $25 vouchers to support candidates in the 2017 City of Seattle elections. The vouchers work much like donating to a candidate's campaign. Candidates can use them to finance campaign activities and must follow strict reporting guidelines to qualify.

The program is financed by a property tax that will affect commercial, business, and residential properties -- it costs the average homeowner about $11.50 per year. This 10-year pilot is the first public campaign financing program of it's kind in the country.

Vouchers were mailed earlier this year. If you can't find yours and need to order replacements, please visit:

Local 17 has endorsed three candidates that are participating in the voucher program -- Lorena Gonzalez, Pete Holmes and Teresa Mosqueda.

The vouchers may be redeemed through November 30, 2017.

State budget signed by Gov. Inslee right before deadline; shutdown averted, state contracts and Public Health funded

Governor Inslee signed the state operating budget at 11:15 p.m. on June 30 in time to avoid a government shutdown on July 1.

Two Local 17 legislative priorities were included in the 2017-19 budget: our state employee contracts and new funding for Public Health. Additionally, lawmakers passed a historic plan to provide paid family and medical leave statewide -- it will be the most progressive and comprehensive coverage in the country. These are all big wins for our members, their families, and our communities.

In order to fund all of these components, plus meet the state’s obligation to fund K-12 education as required by the Washington Supreme Court, the budget includes new revenue from an increase in property taxes and closes some tax loopholes.

State members -- your COLAs and other wage adjustments will be reflected in your July 25 paychecks. Visit the Local 17 State employee page to see what is in the ratified 2017-19 contract.

Thank you to all of our members for making your voices heard this session! From participating in the Day of Action, to calling your legislators, to responding to our email action alerts, your actions made a difference!

We will continue to keep you informed about the decisions being made in Olympia and at the local level that impact your work and life.

'Public Health is Essential' campaign launches!

For several years, Local 17 has been a key member of the Public Health Roundtable– a coalition of other unions, government agencies and community partners who promote the important work of our Public Health system. The Roundtable recently launched it's new campaign called 'Public Health is Essential' in an effort to raise awareness with our legislators and the general public about all of the vital services that Public Health provides, and the impact that reduced funding has had on these services over the last decade.

You can read more about the campaign at:

General Election Endorsements

VOTE by Nov. 7, 2017!

State Senate - District 37
Rebecca Saldana

State Senate - District 45
Manka Dhingra

State Senate - District 48
Patty Kuderer

State House - District 48
Vandana Slatter

King County Executive
Dow Constantine

King County Council- Pos.1
Rod Dembowski

King County Sheriff
John Urquhart

Auburn City Council
Larry Brown

Seattle Mayor
Jenny Durkan

Seattle City Attorney
Pete Holmes

Seattle City Council - Pos. 8
Teresa Mosqueda

Seattle City Council - Pos. 9
Lorena Gonzalez

Shoreline City Council
Susan Chang

Tacoma Mayor
Victoria Woodards

Tacoma City Council - Pos. 4
Catherine Ushka

Tacoma City Council - Pos. 5
Christopher Beale

Tacoma City Council - Pos. 6
Lillian Hunter

Contact Your Legislator

Use the Washington legislature website to find and contact the legislator in your district.

2017 Legislative Priorities