City of Seattle

The City of Seattle is our biggest member group with over 2,700 members!  We represent hundreds of classifications in nearly every department in the city. Our dedicated members are the heart of Seattle government.

Contract Negotiations Begin SOON!

Our current contract with the City of Seattle expires at the end of 2021 and we are preparing for contract negotiations starting later this summer.

A link to an electronic survey will be emailed to members on July 6. The survey will be open until July 27. In those three weeks, we will be holding virtual contract survey info sessions for different departments across the City — see list below. Check your email for a link to the meeting for your department.

All meetings are at 12 p.m., unless otherwise listed.

July 6  OLS/OCR
July 7  SDOT
July 9  FAS
July 12  IT/OH
July 13  HSD
July 14  Parks
July 15  DON
July 16  Fire
July 19  City Light
July 20  ALL DEPARTMENTS (7:30 a.m.)
July 20  Muni Court
July 20  Legislative Analysts (4 p.m.)
July 21  SPU
July 22  SPD (7:30 a.m.)
July 22  SDCI
July 27  ALL DEPARTMENTS (5:30 p.m.)

If you have questions about the survey or the negotiations process, please join us at one of these sessions or reach out to your Union Representative.

PROTEC17 COVID-19 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

PROTEC17 and other Coalition and non-Coalition unions recently negotiated an MOU to lay out new terms and benefits as the City develops its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are a summary of those new terms:

  • Term of Agreement: The MOU will be effective retroactively to the Mayor’s initial March 3, 2020 Emergency Declaration until September 1, 2020 or when the Declaration is lifted, whichever comes first. It may be extended by the City an additional 60 days beyond the September 1 date to allow for continuity while we bargain future changes should they become necessary.
  • Telecommute and Alternative Work Arrangementsauthorized during the pandemic shall remain in effect and the City is required to give advanced notice before directing employees to return to work after the Declaration has been lifted.
  • Family First Coronavirus Response Act: These two new Federally mandated Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) are codified in this MOU and PROTEC17 has negotiated the ability for employees to use the EPSL in multiple blocks without the balance of the 80 hours going away. Additional, members may use their own leave balances to supplement EPSL and PHEL so that they achieve full wage replacement if those benefits don’t provide an equal benefit.
  • Vacation Accrual Caps: For employees performing mission critical functions and who are denied the ability to take vacation during the term of the MOU, this cap will be lifted for the term of the MOU and for the 3 months after its expiration date.
  • Maintenance of Medical Benefits: Any employee who is currently receiving City medical benefits will continue to receive those benefits during any unpaid leave for up to three (3) months.
  • The time for calculating pending separation status for intermittent temporary employees is tolled during the term of the agreement.
  • Redeployment and Notice: The City is required to provide a minimum of 48 hours notice to the Union in advance of redeploying employees to perform work that is outside of their normal body of work. The City will also pay employees out-of-class wages where applicable and no one will be paid less if the work is of a lower classification.
  • Timelines Freeze: In order to allow both the City and Unions to focus on the pandemic response, the City and Unions have agreed to hold timelines in abeyance for several processes, including grievances and Loudermills, during the term of the MOU.
  • High-Risk Administrative Pay: The City shall continue its current practice of paying employees who are considered high-risk and who cannot telecommute to stay home for the life of the MOU.
  • Contracting Out: The Unions have placed additional limitations on the ability of the City to contract out work. Any contracting out of your work will be limited to work that is directly related to the COVID-19 response or staffing shortages caused by the pandemic.

2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting Schedule