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


Contract Results

All three contracts were voted on, and all the ballots were counted and confirmed on December 10th. The breakdown for the contracts was the following: 1857 Main: 213 Yes, 23 No 1857 Page: 58 Yes, 4 No 1857 Facilities: 5 Yes, 0 No The ratified contract will start January 1, 2022. Many thanks to the […]

Contract Ballots Due

Have you mailed your ballot? Council 2 office must receive your mailed ballot by Thursday, December 9, 2021 by 5pm. Not postmarked by then, but received. Ballots will be counted on Friday, December 10. Instructions on how to access voting documents, and how to cast your ballot were included with your mailed ballot.If you haven’t […]

1857 Main Executive Board Election Results

Our recent nomination meeting brought on several new Members as we said goodbye and thanks to others. Welcome to our new and current 1857 Main Executive Board! President – Kim Atchley* Vice President – Peter Cole Secretary – Vacant Treasurer – Victoria KunzePage at Large – Kelly MillmanPage at Large – Jess Gray*LTA at Large – […]

Upcoming Member Listening Sessions

Sunday, November 14, 7pm — LGBTQ+ Union Member Listening Session for LGBTQ+ members (led by the LGBTQ+ committee) Monday, November 15, 7pm — General Union Member Listening Session for all 1857 members (led by Chief Steward/Vice President Peter Cole) Thursday, December 2, 7pm — General Union Member Listening Session for all 1857 members (led by […]

November Elections!

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: […]