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2015-2017 State Contract Not Settled!
State Members: Make Sure We Have Your Personal Email for the Electronic Ballot!

Contrary to what you may have seen and heard in the media, Local 17 has not settled its 2015-2017 contract with the State of Washington and will be going to mediation. Your bargaining team is standing strong to send an important message to State executives that we need fair wage increases for all state workers. Read the latest on the negotiations blog.

If/when we reach agreement in mediation, Local 17 state members will need to ratify the agreement by the legislatively-mandated October 1 deadline -- less than two weeks away!

Because of the tight timeline, we will be voting by electronic ballot this year. But we are restricted in our use of the state email system, so we need your personal email address in order to get voting information out to everyone.

Please enter your personal email and update other contact information HERE to ensure that you get timely updates and a link to the ballot!

Supreme Court Rules Against Gainsharing Lawsuit

On August 14, the Washington State Supreme Court upheld the Legislature's elimination of the gainsharing benefit for State employees. Local 17 will keep a close eye on this issue in the coming weeks to determine the specific impacts to our members in PERS 3. Read more about the case on the state page.

Recommended Reading from the Executive Director

Here are a couple of recent op-eds about our crumbling infrastructure and the war on workers from the New York Times, recommended by Local 17's Executive Director Joe McGee.

The War on Workers
July 2, 2014

Porches, potholes and patriots
July 5, 2014

Check out Local 17's
award-winning video: "We Work"


As part of the 2013 MayWorks celebration of labor, the Washington State Labor Council sponsored a video contest, and Local 17's video took second place! Thanks to all of our members who work hard everyday to keep our communities safe and healthy!