Seattle Chapter Elections are Coming!
The following positions for Local 17 Seattle Chapter leadership are open:
- President (one year term)
- Vice President (one year term)
- Secretary (one year term)
- Treasurer (one year term)
- 12 Regional Executive Committee (REC) Delegates (two year term)
- 7 REC Alternates (two year term)
- 2 Martin Luther King County Labor Council Delegates (one year term)
To find out how to nominate yourself or someone else for a position, click here.
In-person nominations will take place at the Nov. 13 Seattle Chapter meeting in SMT 4050/4060 from 12-1 p.m. If there is a contested election the vote will be by mail in early December.
Local 17 Thanks Mayor for Denying
Pay Raise to City Light CEO
Read the letter that Local 17 Executive Director Joe McGee submitted to Mayor Ed Murray on July 9th thanking him for denying a pay raise to Jorge Carrasco, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seattle City Light.
"Thank you for your leadership by making a tough call on the proposed pay raise for [Carrasco]," said McGee in the letter.
"Thanks also for recognizing the need to look at salary issues in the context of broader considerations of public/city employee compensation. Your approach to this matter is refreshing and constructive."
You can read the original letter sent by McGee to the Mayor on June 24 calling for Carrasco's resignation here.
IT Bargaining Unit Decision
For thirteen years, Local 17 has invested our resources and provided high quality representation to members of the City of Seattle Information Technology (IT) Professionals Bargaining Unit. However, the union's leadership has come to the difficult conclusion that it is in the best interest of the entire organization to disclaim this unit moving forward.
As such, effective June 27, 2014, all IT B's and C's are no longer represented by Local 17. You can read the letter that was sent to impacted employees which explains the decision in greater detail here.
This decision does not include or impact IT classifications covered under our master contract. We continue to honor our committment to our remaining members and look forward to providing you with high quality service.
Did You Miss the Retirement Trainings?
View the PowerPoint Online!
A series of Local 17 trainings on the City of Seattle retirement plan just wrapped up. If you weren't able to attend one of the trainings, you can view the presentation below (click on the image to link to the PDF version).
You can also learn more about the plan via the frequently asked questions, and two documents from the City of Seattle, at the links below.
Get to Know Your Retirement Plan - Local 17
Retirement Report - City of Seattle, April 2012
Executive Summary - City of Seattle, April 2012
Dependent Eligibility Verification
You should have received a letter from the City of Seattle announcing that the benefits unit is conducting a Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) check beginning in mid-June. The DEV is to determine that all dependents that are covered under City health plans are actually eligible for coverage. You can read the full letter on the City’s benefits website: http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/benefits/
Union Representatives who are on the City's Health Care Committee have been a part of the interviews to find a firm to conduct the verification process that values confidentiality and customer service, and believe AON-Hewitt will do this. We have been assured that the City’s goal is to work hard to keep all eligible dependents on City health plans. Furthermore, the Coalition of City Unions' Co-Chairs have signed a Memorandum of Agreement that states that information gathered during this process will not be used to initiate employment investigation, discipline employees, or to attempt to recover funds for past coverage.
We encourage all members to contact AON-Hewitt as soon as you receive their letter in mid-June, so that you can get through the process as quickly and easily as possible. If you have any questions after contacting them, please contact your Union Representative.
Coalition Urges Mayor Murray to Implement $15 Minimum Wage for City of Seattle Employees
Read the letter that the Coalition of City Unions submitted to Mayor Ed Murray on May 19 that encourages him to make good on his January Executive Order to implement a $15 minimum wage for all City of Seattle employees.
The Coalition does not believe that the same phase-in approach that is being used for the City-wide minimum wage plan is necessary for a City employee wage increase. They are urging the Mayor to act swiftly, and to make any adjustments retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014.
Coalition of City Unions Reaches out to Mayor Murray and City Council about Retirement
Read the letter that the Coalition of City Unions submitted to Mayor Ed Murray and members of the Seattle City Council on May 8 that encourages them to work with unions on a sustainable and ample retirement system that can be a model for the nation.
2014 Tentative Agreement Approved By Members
Local 17 Seattle members in the Master contract and the Municipal Court contract voted overwhelmingly to approve the Tentative Agreement (TA) for 2014, which includes a 1.8% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The Agreement with the City will now work its way through the City’s legislative process. Check back for updates on the COLA’s implementation.
You can read the details of the agreement at the links below:
Important Details of the Tentative Agreement
Full Text of Tentative Agreement
Seattle Chapter Meetings
The next meeting is on:
Thursday • Nov. 13
12 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
SMT Room 4050/4060
Your Bargaining Team
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to represent their fellow members on the Bargaining Teams for our new contract. Your Bargaining Team members for the following contracts are:
Master Contract Team
Jeff Bender (SDOT), Thomas Hughes (SPU), Denise Krownbell (City Light), Terra McCaffree (HSD), Dan O'Sullivan (City Light), Ariska Thompson (SPU), Clay Thompson (DPD), Patricia Young (Parks & Rec)
Municipal Court (Probation Counselors) Team
Jason Grant, Tonya Dotson
Bargaining Newsletter Archives
(Prof/Tech/Sr. Business/Sr. Professional/Admin. Support)
Muni Court Agreement
City of Seattle website with Union Contracts
MOU - Contract Extension 2011-2013
MOU - 2010 Furlough Agreement
MOU - Contract Extension 2010
Seattle Chapter Officers & REC Delegates
Below is the list of officers and Regional Executive Committee (REC) delegates. Officer positions are one-year terms, and REC delegate positions are two-year terms. Terms began on Jan. 1, 2014.
President: Darlene Flynn
Vice President: Bradley Wilburn
Secretary: Marta Idowu
Treasurer: Flor Alarcon
Fernando Platin Jr.
MLKC Labor Council Delegates
See the list below for the names of Local 17 Stewards throughout the City of Seattle.