Who We Are

Local 1857


Local 1857 consists of three bargaining units representing approximately 1,000 King County Library System employees. The Local has its own constitution, holds regular membership meetings, and elects its own officers from the membership.

Local 1857 currently includes three bargaining units: the Main Unit (organized in 2000) the Page Unit (organized in 2007), and the Maintenance Workers Unit (organized in the 1990s).


The Local 1857 constitution outlines membership, meeting structure, officer duties, and standing committees. The constitution may be amended, revised, or otherwise changed by a majority vote of the members voting on such proposed change and such change shall take effect only upon written approval of the AFSCME International President.

Local 1857 Constitution Final Revised 2016

Union Structure

WSCCCE – Council 2



Local 1857 is a member of Council 2, the Washington State Council of County and City Employees. WSCCCE represents more than 16,000 employees who provide services to the citizens of Washington State.

Council 2 assigns a Staff Representative to work with Local 1857. This position facilitates the Local’s contract negotiations, and participates in Labor/Management, membership, and Executive Board meetings.

You can click here to learn more about our union’s history and structure.


Latest Posts


Upcoming Member Listening Sessions

Thursday, September 16, 7pm — General Union Member Listening Session for all 1857 members (led by Chief Steward/Vice President Peter Cole) Sunday, September 19, 7pm — LGBTQ+ Union Member Listening Session for LGBTQ+ members (led by the LGBTQ+ committee) Sunday, September 26, 7pm — BIPOC Union Member Listening Session for BIPOC members (led by the […]

General Membership Meeting (8/20)

Please join us this Friday, August 20th from 7-9pm for a General Membership meeting via Zoom! To register please check your personal email for the “1857 Weekly Update” from Council 2 on 8/13, the watercooler post “General membership meeting 8/20” or email the eboard at eboard@kclsvoice.org. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email […]

Disrupting Microaggressions Workshop

Interested in learning about implicit bias and microaggressions? Join us on Monday July 26th from 3-4:30 pm for an interactive 1857 sponsored training “Implicit Bias and Microaggressions: Effective Responses and Actions.” Psychologist and Professor Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D., defines microaggressions as “the everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, and insults that people of color, women, LGBT populations, or those who […]

Outgoing President Carrie Rolph drinking from her "Stick with the Union" mug

Celebrating Carrie: 1857 Leadership Transition

Carrie Rolph has been an incredible leader and worker advocate for the last 8 years as Local 1857 President. We are sad to see her leave Local 1857, but congratulate her on accepting the Assistant Operations Manager position at Fairwood. Her skills, expertise, and advocacy are an asset to KCLS and to our greater unions. […]

Hardship Fund Wrap Up

The Local 1857 Hardship Fund launch has concluded successfully with grants given to 40 members in good standing.  The Hardship Fund was an idea borne of the knowledge that this past year our members were buffeted by economic downturns and fewer available KCLS hours to supplement our paychecks.  This reality – combined with careful stewardship […]