Membership-wide survey coming: we want to hear from all of you!
Update your contact information TODAY!

Unions are facing big challenges. But we at Professional & Technical Employees (PTE) Local 17 are ready to take them on! In the coming weeks, you will receive a link to a survey at your personal email address that will help guide the future of this organization. We want to hear feedback from all of you!

Since we are limited in our use of work emails, we are asking you to update your contact information, with your personal email in particular, so that we can reach as many of you as possible for input. Your information will never be used for marketing purposes; it is solely for official PTE17 communications. So, if you think we might not have your current email, phone or home address, please update your contact information TODAY! »

Your feedback -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- will be essential as we forge ahead and create a strategic plan for our future!

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.

What is the Value of a Union?

In this video, Local 17 members talk about the value of having a union.

Right-to-Work is just plain WRONG

Watch this video from Robert Reich, economist and former Secretary of Labor, to better understand how Right-to-Work laws threaten your contract, workplace, and community.


Local 17 scholarship

Local 17 is offering two $3000 scholarships this year to dependents of members who will be attending a college, university or technical institute in fall 2017. One scholarship is for a student who will be an incoming college freshmen in the fall, and one is for a student who is continuing their education beyond freshmen year.

The application is available HERE. In it, applicants are asked to demonstrate their academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, and educational goals, as well as write a labor-related essay which is reviewed by outside labor educators.

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Deidre Girard, Local 17 Communications Director.

Read the latest issue of Insight magazine!