May Day

May 1st is known as International Workers Day throughout the US and 80 other countries. In the 1880’s, thousands of workers began to strike for an eight-hour work day. The American Federation of Labor (formerly known as the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions) together with the Knights of Labor decided that beginning on May 1st, 1886, an eight hour workday would become the new standard in both the US and Canada. To learn more about the history of this important workers day, visit https://internationalworkersday.org/.

To honor the work each and every one of you do for the organization, our Union is providing a gift box of treats the week of May 1st for each location in the KCLS system.

2022 Hardship Fund

Local1857 Main is able to assist Union Members in need with a financial award from a Hardship Fund. We recognize the impact that economic distress and no sub hours at KCLS has taken on many of our peers. This will be the second year we have offered this opportunity. 

The money is available from a budgetary surplus due to fewer Union expenses over this past year and good stewardship of Members’ dues. The Hardship Fund takes into consideration maintaining a healthy balance sheet for the Union and the work involved to manage and grant the awards. 

This project is undertaken with the goal of helping members in good standing – current in their dues – with an award size which balances available funds and an amount big enough to make a difference. We aim to grant 100 individual Member awards of $400 dollars each or 133 awards of $300 each, depending on Member interest.  

If you have been negatively impacted by fewer KCLS work hours or other effects of recent economic changes, please apply for a financial award here.  Applications will be accepted through May 15.

Please read the Q+A for other helpful information.

Q+A

How will the awards be decided?

All Members in good standing who apply have equal access to the award. If interest exceeds the number of meaningful awards, a lottery will be held. The application asks for an optional explanation of how you would benefit which helps us understand the impact of the Hardship Fund project and, with your permission, may be used for highlighting the project.  

How will my privacy be assured if I do apply?

No individuals’ information will be shared. A small task force will be receiving and reviewing applications, verifying information and cutting checks. Confidentiality and privacy are values of the task force.

Why not just divide available monies equally among all 1857 Members?

With ~ 800 Members, we did not feel that an equal award for each would be a significant benefit.  

Why not suspend dues for Members instead?

The AFSCME Constitution requires local chapters to collect dues which are used for staff costs for our Staff Representative, ongoing expenses including trainings, approved outlays and operational costs.

How will I get my award?

Awards will be mailed to your home in the form of a check when the application period is over and the task force has completed its review.

Can the awards be bigger?

Local1857 Main would have its own reporting liability for awards above $500 which is onerous for us.  An award of $400 or $300, depending on Member interest, is big enough to make a difference, can benefit a significant number of Members and allow the project to proceed simply. 

Is there tax liability to me in receiving this award?

Please check with the IRS for any increased tax liability for such an award. Local1857 Main is unable to provide tax guidance.

I applied in 2021. May I apply again?

Yes.

Will the Hardship Fund be ongoing?

We will evaluate the project next year  and decide if we are able to repeat it based on interest, administration and available funds.

Upcoming Member Listening Sessions

Sunday, November 14, 7pmLGBTQ+ 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 Chief Steward/Vice President Peter Cole)

To access Zoom links for upcoming member listening sessions locate the “1857 updates” email sent on 11/1 from C2everett in your personal email. If you cannot find the emails please contact eboard@kclsvoice.org.

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:

President Two Year Term
Treasurer Two Year
Page at Large One Year
Page at Large One Year
LTA at Large One Year
LTA at Large One Year
Librarian at Large One Year
PSA at Large One Year
Maintenance at Large One Year
All Other Classifications at Large One Year
Trustee Three Year

Nominations will be taken at our General Membership Meeting on Friday, November 5 starting at 7pm via Zoom, or can be submitted in advance to Election Chair Elaine Ang. Reach Elaine at elaine8789@hotmail.com.

Any nominee who does not decline the nomination is assumed to be interested in running. Nominees do not need to be present on 11/5 to be nominated. If only one nomination is received for any open position, they will be elected by acclamation. Any positions with more than one nominee will be voted on by the Local1857 membership via an election conducted by US Mail during the month of November. Common to all positions, is a commitment to meet monthly, currently virtually, on Friday evenings.

Thank you for considering joining the Executive Board. New ideas, perspectives and insight are welcome and good for our Union!

Executive Board Candidate Statements

Hello all,

At our November 1, 2019 General Membership meeting, we completed the nominations process for the open executive board positions mentioned in our previous communications. In a bit of exciting news, we have an election for the LTA-at-Large position! The three candidates (Jordan Hoerth, East; Don Isaacs, Bellevue; and Catherine Reece, Northcentral) were asked to provide candidate statements to help our members make an informed decision. We will be posting these statements below as they come in.

Make sure to keep an eye out for your ballots (they should be arriving in your home mailbox shortly), and if you need to update your address with Council 2, you can do so by Clicking Here to renew your membership.

Thank you for reading, and best of luck to all three candidates!

Jordan Hoerth

Hello, 

My name is Jordan E Hoerth and I am an LTA in the (Currently) East Region, and I am one of the 3 candidates running for the LTA-at-Large position for Local 1857.
I first became involved in the union as a page after the regional safety meetings, implemented with the union collaborative Joint Labor Management Committee 4 years ago.
It was there I was able to find my voice as a union member and speak about the many inconsistencies I faced as a page. Issues many pages still face today that effect all positions in KCLS.
At the time I worked 2 jobs, was on the contract negotiations committee, and served a term on the Safety Committee. I thank the Union for these opportunities and would love to continue my work representing the unrepresented.
I would like to see more uniformity in the duties between Pages and LTA’s. I remember subbing as a page and facing issues for not knowing certain duties that only LTA’s did at my main branch.
I believe that more specific outlines of duties will help protect staff work from Volunteer time, will help create a more direct training ladder of growth for Pages to learn LTA work, and also create clear uniform duties for substitute staff.
I also believe this will show a more accurate grid of staffing needs between page work done by LTA’s and show a stronger need for increasing page hours.

I thank you for your time and I hope to have your vote brothers and sisters.- Jordan Elliot Hoerth

Don Isaacs

Hello my name is Don Isaacs and I am an LTA at the Bellevue branch.  I have worked for KCLS for 34 years and have been a member of our Union since before it was a Union as I was part of the organizing committee. This year I was awarded the Mary Hershey Award from Council 2’s Women’s Action Committee.  This award is given to a Union brother or sister that has committed much time and energy to grow and sustain our Union and to represent us all when dealing with management.  I was honored to receive this award but was also  very shocked as I feel I have not done enough to be a recipient of this honor.  So that is why I am again running for a position on the Union Executive Board.

Catherine Reece

Hello – My name is Catherine Reece and I’m running for the LTA at Large position on our union’s eboard (executive board).   A little about me personally: I have been married for 42 years and have two grown children.  My loves are my family, working with children, reading (of course), dogs, cooking, and crafting.  I have lived all over the country – South, Midwest, West and the Pacific Northwest.  We have lived in King County for over 23 years.  

A little about me as a kcls employee and a union member:  I started at kcls in 2000 as a Page and have been an LTA for the last 19 years.  For the first 11 years I was a part time LTA, and then became a full time LTA 8 years ago.  During the years that I was a part time LTA, I subbed at every cluster in kcls.  As I was working part time as an LTA, and subbing as an LTA, I also worked a second job at an elementary school library for 12 years.  I understand first hand the issues of part time and full time LTAs and I constantly push for better treatment for LTAs and all staff.  For over 12 years I have assisted staff as a Union Steward.  I have brought many issues to the attention of our eboard and I have answered questions and concerns when staff contact me.  I would very much like to continue to be the voice on our union’s eboard for all kcls staff.  I would appreciate your vote. 

Thank you.