City of Tacoma

Your Union Representative is Jeff Frazier, 800-783-0017, Ext. 131

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Tacoma Joint Labor Agreement Ratified!

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, the Tacoma Joint Labor Agreement was ratified by the members of the Tacoma Joint Labor Committee. The Agreement passed by an overwhelming margin!

This agreement is a one-year exension to the current Joint Labor Agreement with no changes - effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

This Agreement will be posted when we receive it.

Members vote to pass Tacoma Joint Labor agreement on healthcare

The Tacoma Joint Labor (TJL) Committee came to an agreement with the City of Tacoma on the TJL contract for 2017-18, which covers healthcare, wellness, and other minor provisions, and Union members voted overwhelmingly to pass the agreement. You can read the details of the vote in the document linked below.

TJL Vote Results

You can find links to the full red-lined tentative agreement, a summary of changes, and the letter of understanding regarding the 2018 wellness plan below:

TJL Tentative Agreement
Summary of Changes
LOU - 2018 Wellness Plan

The Local 17 contract that covers your wages, hours, and working conditions remains unchanged.

Mail order Rx Instructions

Your prescriptions are now available by mail order. For an example of how to register for the OptimumRx mail order system, please check out this document from the City of Tacoma.

Summary of 2015-18 Contract

Below is a summary of the key changes to the four-year agreement.


  • For 2015 -- 1% wage increase retroactive to January 1, 2015 and a $500 lump sum for all members on the payroll at contract ratification.
  • For 2016 -- 1% wage increase effective January 1, 2016 and a $500 lump sum for all members.
  • For 2017-- 2% wage increase effective January 1, 2017
  • For 2018 -- 2% wage increase effective January 1, 2018
  • The Collection Systems Technician wage scale was condensed from 21 steps to 5 and will receive an additional 2.35% wage increase on top of the 1% pay increase in 2015.
  • The Sewer Transmission Systems Maintenance Step 5 wage was placed in parity with the Solid Waste Route Supervisors, per discussions from when this classification was created.
  • Inspector’s, Senior Inspectors, and Code Inspectors who were receiving a 5% Application of Rate as of December 31, 2014 for holding an ICC Certification and one additional ICC Certification, will no longer receive that application of rate. Each affected member shall receive a one-time lump sum payment of $500.
  • Parking Enforcement Officers clothing allowance will be changed after 2015. Currently, they receive up to $450 in reimbursement for allowed clothing purchases. For 2015 that practice will continue and in addition they will receive a one-time lump sum of $100. Beginning January 1, 2016, they will receive a $550 allowance for clothing during the first pay period of that year. This will continue each year for the contract duration.


  • The majority of your benefits are negotiated through Tacoma Joint Labor, which includes six other local unions, in addition to PTE17.  The benefits are contained in the City of Tacoma/Joint Labor contract.
  • We were able to clean up the benefit language from the current City of Tacoma – PTE17 contract and incorporate the accurate benefits from the Joint Labor contract into an appendix in our own agreement, making it much easier to see and understand your actual benefits.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Bargaining Committee: Jim McDaniel, Jason Mitchell, Rita Oster, Brett Burrows, Misty Hahn, Ron Baldwin, Craig May

Current Contract

City of Tacoma Chapter Officers and Delegates

Jan. 1, 2017 through
Dec. 31, 2018

President - Drayton McLaren
Vice President - Mike Lovitt
Secretary - Misty Hahn-Zwosta
Treasurer -Drew Randolph
REC Delegates - Jason Harell, Rita Oster, Shane Stull
REC Alternate - Vacant
Labor Council Delegate - Rita Oster

Thanks to all of the outgoing officers and delegates for their dedication and service.

Tacoma Stewards

Parking Enforcement
Michael Elmer

Environmental Services Lab

Jason Harrell, Jason Mitchell and Shane Stull

Sewer Transmission
Steven Jackson

Northeast Treatment Plant
Mike Patrick

Misty Hahn
Jim McDaniel
Scott Mills
Steve Taylor

Police Forensics Supervisor
Paul DePoister

PW Building Inspection
John Reeves

Bill Routley

Supervisors-Streets and Grounds

Solid Waste
Mike Sowards

Survey Construction
Mike Lovitt

Seniority List
(As of May, 2013)

The seniority list for City of Tacoma employees who are members of Local 17 is available here.

Tacoma Joint Labor Benefits Philosophy

Read the Tacoma Joint Labor's
Health and Welfare Benefits Philosophy