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.

Memorandum of Agreement on vaccine mandate ratified by Seattle members

We’re pleased to announce that our vaccine mandate Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was passed overwhelmingly by the membership after votes were tallied on Sept. 27. The MOA will provide important protections for those who request exemptions and those who remain employed, as well as additional flexibility for those who haven’t yet complied with the mandate. You can read the full agreement here.

2021 Chapter Meetings

The next Seattle Chapter meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 14th at 12 Noon. This chapter meeting is held once a month, and members are notified of the next meeting via an email to your personal email address.  If you’d like to be included in this email, please make sure that we have your current personal email address on file!

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.