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


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 […]

Hardship Fund

Help available for Members in need APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED ONE WEEK, UNTIL 5/14 Local1857 Main is able to assist Union Members in need with a financial award from a new Hardship Fund.  We recognize the impact that a year without sub hours at KCLS and pervasive job losses and economic distress has taken on many […]

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.