Main Unit Final Offer


View the full final offer from KCLS for the main unit contract.

View the summary of changes for the main unit offer.

After 11 months of bargaining, KCLS and Local 1857 did not reach agreement on wages or medical benefits.  The offer you are voting on includes KCLS’ final offer on those two topics.  The bargaining committee feels that these proposals are too much of a takeaway, and will open the door to even more drastic changes to benefits in future years.  We are recommending that the membership vote no on this offer.

Nominations for Officers

Local 1857 is currently accepting nominations for the open officer positions below.  Nominations will be finalized at the November 3rd general membership meeting.  You do not need to be present to be nominated,  but should indicate your interest in writing before the meeting.

To be eligible for office, a member must be in good standing for one year immediately preceding the election. Nominations and questions can be submitted to Jennie Westlund at or Cindy Richardson at

Open Positions

Vice President (Two Year Term)

The Vice President works closely with the President, Staff Representative and Union Stewards to address member issues in the workplace.  The Vice President spends time communicating with members and finding answers to questions.  They attend monthly Labor/Management meetings, track grievances filed by the union, and assist in coordinating Union Stewards to represent members. The Vice President is authorized to counter-sign checks for the union.

Secretary (Two Year Term)

The Secretary is responsible for minutes at Local 1857 executive board and general membership meetings.  Minutes are a brief record of what occurred at a meeting and should include officer and committee reports, as well as motions that were discussed and those that were passed (see AFSCME’s Sample Local Meeting Minutes). These should be written up and distributed as soon as possible after a meeting.   If interested, the Secretary also assists with communication from the local, such as the website, flyers, meeting notices, or e-mails.

Trustee (Three Year Term)

Trustees conduct an annual audit of the local’s finances, and report their findings to the membership.  Trustees work with the Treasurer to complete a audit checklist provided by AFSCME.  This position usually only requires one in-person meeting a year, and some work by e-mail.

At-Large Positions (One Year Term)

There are six At-Large Positions representing various classifications across the local.  These positions are voting members of the executive board, and govern the local except when membership meetings are in session.  They attend executive board meetings, approve local union expenditures, approve appointments to union committees, and represent the interests of their classification and workplace in meeting discussions.

At-Large positions also help with various aspects of running the local, depending on their interests.  This could include assisting with communication, helping prepare and coordinate for union meetings, chairing special committees, or attending meetings or events as a representative of the union.

At Large positions are categorized by the following classifications

  • Librarians
  • Library Technical Assistant/Library Assistant
  • Maintenance Worker/AMH Service Specialist
  • Library Page (two positions)
  • Public Service Assistant
  • All Other Classifications (open to any classification in the local not named above)

In the event that no one from a defined group chooses to run for its designated position, then nominees for that position may come from any other classification.

Join our online discussion

If you are interested in an online discussion list with other members of Local 1857, join the Watercooler. The list is open to all members in good standing. Sign up by sending an e-mail to

To send an e-mail to the list, use

Watercooler Etiquette

The Watercooler is a general discussion list for any member of Local 1857. Topics related to our local and union, libraries, and labor are welcome.

Topics should be of interest to a broad section of the list. If you have an individual concern or issue, please contact our staff representative or your shop steward directly. The Watercooler is not the place to send questions about a specific grievance or disciplinary meeting.

Remember you are interacting with people. Because you only see letters stringing across a screen, it is easy to forget or ignore that a person sits on the other side of the network. Always remember behind every e-mail address is another person.

Make subject lines descriptive. People should have a flavor of the message from glancing at the subject line. “Hello,” is not as good as, “Changes in Library 2 Go Schedule.”

Sign your messages. We have close to 1000 members working in 50 locations, and it’s helpful to know who someone is and where they work.

Be prudent with speculation. On the Internet, rumor can grow extravagant and spread like fire. Remarks beginning with, “I have a feeling that …” or, “I think that …” are usually suspect.

Be cautious with humor and sarcasm. Typed language is naturally colder than spoken language, because it is stripped of voice inflections and body language. Quite easily, humor can be taken as insult, especially if subtle. Some users prefer to use symbols that hint at tone, such as the smiley face:🙂 It is safest to frankly note satirical messages.

E-mail lists are as good, and only as good, as the subscribers make them. Lists work best when intelligent people bring fresh knowledge and ideas to the table. New ideas can stimulate discussion. Trivial or inane comments often kill discussion. Write meaty, thoughtful things and everyone will benefit from the list.

Special Call to Action Meeting

Sunday, October 16th

East Side Fire & Rescue Headquarters

175 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027


The Page Unit Contract is still under negotiations with KCLS. We would like to show our support and solidarity with the pages as they continue to negotiate for an equitable contract. This call to action is to begin exploring different workplace actions in support of our pages. Please attend. Thank you.

Special Contract Meeting

Tuesday, October 4th

Renton Highlands Library

2801 NE 10th Street, Renton, WA 98056


This is a special meeting of the membership to review and to answer any questions in regards to the 2016-2018 Main Unit Contract prior to voting on whether or not to ratify the Contract. Please attend. Thank you.