Groundbreaking Master Labor Agreement approved by Council
Dear fellow King County employee,
Our Coalition of Unions’ groundbreaking Master Labor Agreement was approved Monday by King County Council, providing us a new framework for building on our efforts to be a workplace where every employee has the tools, support, and opportunity to do their best work for the people of King County. The MLA builds on the County and Coalition of Unions’ partnership, going back to 2014, around Coalition bargaining and the recognition that there is efficiency and equity in creating standards across labor agreements.
The three-year Master Labor Agreement delivers on many of the objectives of my Investing in YOU, Best-Run Government and Equity and Social Justice priorities by standardizing work processes, creating efficiencies, and offering new and expanded programs and benefits across 22 unions that represent nearly 6,000 employees covered by 60 labor agreements. It also demonstrates that our strong partnership with labor is helping us jointly deliver better outcomes for employees, residents and customers.
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.
So much work by so many people went into creating this agreement. I want to thank the Office of Labor Relations for their leadership in reaching the County’s first-ever Master Labor Agreement. In partnership with the Human Resources Division, the Office of Labor Relations worked tirelessly with our labor partners to put together an MLA that will help our employees do their best work here and deliver even more value to the people of King County. I thank the Coalition of Unions and their members for their ongoing commitment to work with us as we build an innovative, supportive workplace where every employee can thrive, and King County Councilmembers for approving the MLA.
I look forward to sharing more details on the components of the MLA over the coming months.
King County Executive