Historic labor agreement delivers on our employee-focused priorities

King County Executive Dow Constantine

King County and the Coalition of Unions have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year Master Labor Agreement (MLA) that will, once ratified, help the County advance towards its goal to be a workplace where every employee has the tools, knowledge and support to innovate, achieve their career goals and deliver equitable, high quality service to our customers.

“The MLA delivers on many of the objectives of my Investing in YouBest Run Government and Equity and Social Justice priorities,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in announcing the tentative MLA. “It standardizes many work processes, large and small; it creates efficiencies and certainty; it introduces new programs and expands existing benefits; and it will help us deliver more professional development and career advancement opportunities across our King County workforce.”

Some of the components of the MLA include:

  • A first ever Career Development Scholarship Fund of $150,000 that will allow employees to access vital learning and development opportunities
  • Funding of all job-required training, licenses and certifications for employees
  • Standardization of various leaves – Bereavement, Holidays, FMLA/KCFML, Paid Parental Leave, Job Posting, Grievance Procedure and Discipline – across all Coalition labor agreements
  • Standardizing the process of Special Duty Assignments and Job Reclassification across contracts
  • Allowing employees to use up to three days of sick leave each year to volunteer at any organization participating in the County’s Employee Giving Program. This leave was previously permitted for volunteering only at an employee’s child’s school
  • A standardized $200 safety equipment allowance.

The County and the Coalition of Unions will now finalize some remaining components of the MLA before union members vote on ratification by the end of the year.