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


Annual 1857 Election

Please consider joining the Local 1857 Executive Board during this upcoming annual election. This is a significant way to contribute to our Union and to be part of shaping priorities and helping in the vital work of representing our Members as a collective resource. The following positions are ending their term and open for re-election: […]

LGBTQ+ Committee and Job Description

Local 1857 has formed a committee to represent the voices, interests and concerns of our 1857 Members. Please consider joining this effort to improve our knowledge and lead to stronger advocacy and communication. LGBTQ+ staff members encouraged to apply and assist current Allies.

Local 1857 Black Lives Matter Statement

The Local 1857 executive board approved a statement at our last meeting in support of Black Lives Matter and our Black members and community.  This was suggested and approved by our membership at our June general membership meeting, and a group of staff worked on creating a draft and identifying what actions we would like to take as a union.   Read […]

AFSCME International Convention 2020

Convention Call The 44th International Convention of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, will be held virtually on Thursday August 13th, 2020, beginning at 11am PT. The international Union Virtual Convention will continue on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 11am PT, and thereafter recess until Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11am […]

Union Face Masks

Your union works hard every day to keep our members safe. These unprecedented times have seen your union representatives hard at work with KCLS, ensuring that we can get back to work in a safe and sensible manner. To that end, Local 1857 has purchased masks for every union member. The outside of the mask […]