Sign Up for Text Alerts

Have you ever wanted more options to keep up to date with your union?

Well now you can! We are very excited to announce that local 1857 recently rolled out a new secure text-based notification system for all members. This service will be used to provide our members with reminders of general membership meetings, information about upcoming union events, and updates on contract negotiations as they unfold.

This is an 1857 members-only service, and you are free to opt-out or change your designated phone number at any time. Please click here to be taken to the secure registration form,  and—while we work out the kinks—please allow up to one week to receive your first text.

Welcome sign made of rainbow colored wood


Welcome to Local 1857!

When you signed your membership card, you became part of an employee Union that represents approximately 1,000 members at KCLS. Membership gives you the right to participate in decisions that affect your wages, hours, and working conditions. Union members participate in the democratic governance of the Union, and have access to member-only benefits.

Local 1857 is part of the Washington State Council of County and City Employees (WSCCCE), often referred to as Council 2. Council 2 represents 17,000 public service employees across Washington State and Idaho, and is part of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) a 1.6 million member Union with members across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Please see our About Us page for more information about the structure and history of our Union, and our Participation page for ways members can be involved. Below is a summary of the most common information new members are interested in. If you have any questions about union membership, feel free to contact us, or the Union Steward at your work location(s).