Supreme Court decision will not affect strong partnership with labor

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King County Executive Dow Constantine

Dear fellow King County employee,

Today, the Supreme Court handed down its decision on Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, ruling that state and local public employees cannot be required to pay union dues or fees.

Labor unions have always been valued partners in our efforts to make King County a great place to work, and a highly effective service provider for our residents. Just last month, the King County Council approved our groundbreaking Master Labor Agreement jointly developed with our Coalition of Unions, which gives 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 decision will present challenges for unions and their ability to provide the highest level of representation for their members, and we will work together to meet those challenges.

We are assessing the potential impacts of this decision on King County, and will share more information with you as soon as it is available. If you have questions about your represented status please contact your union representative.


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Dow Constantine
King County Executive

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