Union News

Union Face Masks

Your union works hard every day to keep our members safe. These unprecedented times have seen your union representatives hard at work with KCLS, ensuring that we can get back to work in a safe and sensible manner. To that end, Local 1857 has purchased masks for every union member.

The outside of the mask is an antimicrobial poly-spandex, which helps reduce particulates from getting to you. The inner layer is made from an antimicrobial medical wick material, which makes the mask more comfortable to wear and reduces the amount of particulate going out. The elastic straps are adjustable to fit every person’s face.

Please see this video explanation from Dr. Lorelai Walker, explaining more about the type of masks we have purchased from ASTI.

Cleaning Recommendations

From the Washington State Department of Health:

Wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Masks should be washed with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.

Discard cloth face coverings that:
• No longer cover the nose and mouth
• Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps
• Cannot stay on your face
• Have holes or tears in the fabric

May Day for Our Union

Local 1857 celebrates today and recognizes the struggle and effort and success of all workers  to organize and advocate for improved working conditions.  There is much to be proud of and much more work to be done.

Learn about this day of labor history, here. Learn more of our Locals’ history here.

Here at KCLS we have a Contract which guides wages, healthcare costs, breaks, hiring and myriad facets of our day to day employment.  We meet regularly with Management in consultation with policies and directions for the organization and can make a real difference in the results. 

A recent past example of our Unions success is the Re-Org Process of our regions which is an ambitious plan and was made more thoughtful, concerted and transparent  with considerable Union input and effort.  At the moment, KCLS’s hard work to open our branches safely include local 1857 representation guided by Member feedback.

On an individual basis, a persons experience with an unskilled manager or a flawed hiring process, eg,  can result in  Union intervention to remedy and improve the situation and outcome.

Local 1857 is part of a rich labor history which is built on our efforts to  make our Union strong, responsive and effective.

Proudly and In Solidarity, Happy May Day!

Peter Cole, Vice President and Chief Steward

March Executive Board Meeting

Local 1857’s March Executive Board meeting will be held remotely on Friday, March 13th from 7-9pm.

This change is due to unavailable meeting room space at Service Center, and to comply with current guidance from Seattle-King County Public Health regarding meetings of groups smaller than 250 people.

Executive Board Meetings are open to all members of Local 1857. For access to the remote meeting, contact President Carrie Rolph through the contact us form.

LTA-At-Large Runoff Election

Hello all,

Thank you all for voting in our contract negotiation and LTA-at-large election a few months ago! As you know our new contract was approved by a vote of the membership and kicked in on January 1st.

You may have received a card recently informing you that we would be having a second election for the LTA-at-large position, and you should be receiving your ballot for said election in the coming weeks. As no candidate received an absolute majority of votes, we are holding a runoff election between the candidates who received the two highest vote totals, Don Isaacs and Catherine Reece. In case you didn’t get a chance to review them previously, you can see their candidate statements below.

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.

Thank you for reading, and watch your mailbox for those ballots!