Former member among the victims of the train derailment in DuPont

It is with great sadness that we learn that one of the victims of the train derailment in DuPont, Washington on Mon., Dec. 18 was a former Local 17 member and longtime WSDOT employee.

Jim Hamre was a Transportation Engineer who recently retired from WSDOT. He was a Local 17 member from 1979 to 1990 when he was promoted to an exempt position in the Olympic Region. As a train advocate and enthusiast, Hamre was also the Vice-President of All Aboard Washington and Director of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. His colleagues have fond memories of Jim sharing his passion for trains with them, as well as the Mariners and the WSU Cougars.

Our deepest condolences go out to Jim's family, friends, and former colleagues. We will post information about services and ways to support Jim's family and his passion for trains as we learn more.

Thompson to leave Local 17 to work with Seattle Mayor

Longtime Local 17 staffer Adrienne Thompson will be leaving our organization for the incredible opportunity to work with the City of Seattle Mayor's Office starting this January.

Adrienne has diligently represented Local 17 members in nearly every jurisdiction over her 16-plus year career here. For the past several years, she took on the challenge of being our Government Affairs Director, providing steadfast advocacy for our members down in Olympia. Her strong lobbying skills helped secure many legislative wins for our members, including a huge victory earlier this year for Public Health funding, for which she was honored by the Washington State Public Health Association.

In her new role as Labor Liason for Mayor Jenny Durkan, we have a labor advocate, whom we know and trust, that we can work with on critical labor issues.

“I have valued working for Local 17 and with all of our amazing members who do great work in our communities," said Thompson. "I look forward to the opportunity to be an advocate that will influence and shape labor policy in Seattle.”

Adrienne has left huge shoes to fill. We will keep you posted on the future of our government affairs program as we head into the 2018 session.

Thank you to Adrienne for the immeasurable contributions she has made to Local 17!

Mary Davis elected Trustee to Local 17 Executive Board

Ballots for the Local 17 Executive Board Trustee election were counted on Nov. 14. It was such a close race -- about 50 votes separated the candidates!

Congratulations to our newly elected Trustee Mary Davis from the City of Seattle, and thank you to Ray Ceaser for his many years of service on the Board.


VICTORY! Constitutional rights of WA public employees upheld

On Oct. 31, the Court of Appeals of the State of Washington rendered a decision to grant a permanent injunction against the anti-union, anti-public employee Freedom Foundation's attempt to obtain the records -- including birthdates and addresses -- of all state employees. This means that the birthdates and addresses of our Local 17 members who work for the state will not be disclosed.

Though some public employee information is subject to disclosure under the current WA Public Records Act, the Court's decision stated that under the State constitution, public “employees have a constitutionally protected expectation of privacy and the unions have satisfied the requirements for an order granting permanent PRA injunctions.”

Let's work together to protect our rights and values!

Watch Local 17 Executive Director Behnaz Nelson talk about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case -- Janus v. AFSCME -- that could change how public sector unions operate.

What is the Value of a Union?

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

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