Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

Local 17 Union Representatives for WSDOT Members

Alexis Young: ext. 103
(Eastern, N.Central, S. Central, SW Region)
Sarah Lorenzini: ext. 110
(Ferries, HQ, NW Region, NW AWV, NW I-405, NW SR 520, Olympic)

2017-19 state contract ratified by members

The electronic ballot for the 2017-19 state contract closed at 12 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 30, with a significant majority of members voting to ratify the contract.

In accepting the terms of the new contract, the following changes will be enacted on July 1, 2017:

  • A 6% cost-of-living increase, which includes a 2% increase in July 2017, a 2% increase in July 2018, and a 2% increase in January 2019.
  • Additional targeted salary increases for more than 80% of our members
  • An increase in vacation accrual (for the first time in decades!)
  • An increase in the number of rest hours paid after 16 hours of work in a 24 hour period
  • The ability to grieve workplace behavior investigations
  • Improved supervisory pay for DOL-LSRs
  • A 53% increase in the night shift premium
  • Flexibility for employees' whose day off falls on a holiday
  • Maintainance of the healthcare premium-sharing ratio (85/15)

But our work is not done yet!

Members must be prepared to strongly lobby legislators to pass the state employee contracts. The funding of this agreement and all state employee union contracts will be determined by the 2017 legislature that must approve a budget to absorb the cost of the agreements. Lawmakers will be challenged by this while also considering the needs within the entire state budget including a State Supreme Court mandate that billions of new funding must be provided to basic education.

Additionally, Local 17 staff and members will challenge the State agencies covered by this process to continue to look at those classifications at DOL, DOT and WSP that did not receive special targeted classification salary increases. Members will be needed to get involved in this process as well.

You can read more about this year's negotiations, and find the details of the 2017-19 agreement below.

Summary of Changes

Full tentative agreement (red-lined)

Compensation Appendicies C and E


State employee birthdates prohibited from release to Freedom Foundation

In the on-going court case between public sector unions in Washington state -- including Local 17 -- and the Freedom Foundation, the Court Commissioner this week prohibited the release of state employee birthdates to the anti-union group pending the outcome of the appeal. Since this could take up to a year to work its way through the Appeals Court, this is a victory for state union members who are concerned about safeguarding their personal information.

In compliance with the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56.250), state employee names and work emails have been released to the Freedom Foundation. Local 17 will be working with other unions in the 2017 legislative session to ammend the requirements of this law to ensure that your privacy is protected.


WSDOT Rail Improves Rail Travel in the Pacific Northwest

King Street Station
King Street Station after the WSDOT Rail seismic retrofitting project was completed in 2013. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.

When people think of rail service in the Pacific Northwest, they most likely think about the Amtrak passenger train service, and freight operators like BNSF. But you might be surprised to learn that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) – in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Transportation – actually manages its own passenger rail service, the Amtrak Cascades. Read the rest of the article here.


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Current Contract

To access an electronic version of the 2015-17 Collective Bargaining Agreement, click here.