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


Standing Together

This month, Brave Books used meeting rooms in BE and BU to host anti-LGBTQ+ programs as part of a nationwide event. While the group does not align with KCLS values, the requests did fit within the meeting room use policy, and were allowed to occur.  KCLS administration tried to support the staff in those buildings, as did…

Stop Anti-Union Spam

Tired of unsolicited messages from an anti-union foundation funded by billionaires? There’s a quick web form to unsubscribe, courtesy of a fellow AFSCME union.

May Day! International Workers’ Day

May 1 marks May Day, or International Workers’ Day.  Following on the heels of last week’s celebration of National Library Workers Day, your Union is proud to observe the day with treats that will soon arrive via totes from Preston. Thanks to all of you for your year-round hard work! 

Welcome Our New Vice President!

We are more than thrilled to announce that Aisha Burrell, a PSA floater in the Alder region will be our new Vice President. She has been our past secretary and current PSA-at-Large for the executive board. Aisha has been a longtime Union member and steward. Aisha is working to restart the listening sessions as well…

Want to Go to Spokane?

June 8th through the 11th is Council 2’s 56th Biennial Convention taking place in Spokane at the Davenport Grand Hotel in downtown Spokane. This convention is an important one as we will be electing the Executive Director for Council 2, along with considering a number of other proposals for how the whole of our umbrella…