Call in to support King County Library Workers!

King County Library System’s administration is fighting to keep its workers from receiving a fair contract. We need to show them that King County cares about its Library Workers, and will fight for them.

On February 8, between the hours of 9am and 5pm, please call the following two KCLS administrators. Leave a voicemail if you do not get to speak with them directly.

Gary Wasdin, Library Director, 425.369.3232

Cynthia McNabb, Human Resources Director, 425.369.3207

Hello, I was hoping to speak with (their name). My name is (your name). I first wanted to take the time to say thank you. I really care about the treatment of King County Library workers; and I was so glad to hear that you will be paying your employees their 2016 cost of living increases in full.
I hope as negotiations continue you will make appropriate Cost of Living Adjustments so that workers will not take a loss in pay, due to increased out of pocket medical benefits you are offering them. I also hope that KCLS will recognize that Pages deserve benefits, and for KCLS to begin offering more 20-hour page positions. 
Thank you for supporting you staff, I look forward to hearing more positive news from library workers about your willingness to meet their reasonable demands, and your continued efforts to give them a fair contract.

(Please feel free to change this script to make it sound more like you!)

Want to do more? Please check out all the support actions you could be participating in here!

For more information about KCLS Union struggles go here! Contract Informational Flyer

Main Unit Final Offer

View the full final offer from KCLS for the main unit contract.

View the summary of changes for the main unit offer.

After 11 months of bargaining, KCLS and Local 1857 did not reach agreement on wages or medical benefits.  The offer you are voting on includes KCLS’ final offer on those two topics.  The bargaining committee feels that these proposals are too much of a takeaway, and will open the door to even more drastic changes to benefits in future years.  We are recommending that the membership vote no on this offer.

Join our online discussion

If you are interested in an online discussion list with other members of Local 1857, join the Watercooler. The list is open to all members in good standing. Sign up by sending an e-mail to

To send an e-mail to the list, use

Watercooler Etiquette

The Watercooler is a general discussion list for any member of Local 1857. Topics related to our local and union, libraries, and labor are welcome.

Topics should be of interest to a broad section of the list. If you have an individual concern or issue, please contact our staff representative or your shop steward directly. The Watercooler is not the place to send questions about a specific grievance or disciplinary meeting.

Remember you are interacting with people. Because you only see letters stringing across a screen, it is easy to forget or ignore that a person sits on the other side of the network. Always remember behind every e-mail address is another person.

Make subject lines descriptive. People should have a flavor of the message from glancing at the subject line. “Hello,” is not as good as, “Changes in Library 2 Go Schedule.”

Sign your messages. We have close to 1000 members working in 50 locations, and it’s helpful to know who someone is and where they work.

Be prudent with speculation. On the Internet, rumor can grow extravagant and spread like fire. Remarks beginning with, “I have a feeling that …” or, “I think that …” are usually suspect.

Be cautious with humor and sarcasm. Typed language is naturally colder than spoken language, because it is stripped of voice inflections and body language. Quite easily, humor can be taken as insult, especially if subtle. Some users prefer to use symbols that hint at tone, such as the smiley face:🙂 It is safest to frankly note satirical messages.

E-mail lists are as good, and only as good, as the subscribers make them. Lists work best when intelligent people bring fresh knowledge and ideas to the table. New ideas can stimulate discussion. Trivial or inane comments often kill discussion. Write meaty, thoughtful things and everyone will benefit from the list.

Special Call to Action Meeting

Sunday, October 16th

East Side Fire & Rescue Headquarters

175 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027


The Page Unit Contract is still under negotiations with KCLS. We would like to show our support and solidarity with the pages as they continue to negotiate for an equitable contract. This call to action is to begin exploring different workplace actions in support of our pages. Please attend. Thank you.