Public Safety Employees Union 519
220 W. Mercer Street,
Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: (206) 448-1050
TO PROVIDE our members with superior service in negotiating contracts. Ensuring ongoing improvement to their wages and working conditions by displaying professionalism in our actions characterized by the values of respect, equity and uncompromised integrity.
- Honesty in our relationships.
- Integrity in our agreements.
- Professionalism in our actions.
- Education of our membership.
- Respect for all people and ideas.
- Equity in our goals and objectives.
- Commitment to accomplish our mission.
Public Safety Employees Union 519 was chartered in April of 1962 and it was the direct result of the efforts of a handful of employees of the King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle, Washington. In 1962 the Department was primarily serving the rural community of King County and was directed by an elected Sheriff. Partisan politics was a definite factor in not only the size of the Department but an individual employee’s progression within the Department. Civil Service was created to correct that problem and was enacted by the voters in 1959. However, the effects of a well entrenched political patronage system was not eradicated immediately and there was an urgent need for collective bargaining and a group effort to improve the working conditions.
At that time the Sheriff’s Department was very small and a group of Sheriff’s Deputies approached an existing International Union, titled Building Service Employees, and requested a Charter. The Charter was granted and the King County Sheriff’s Deputies Local Union 519 was officially born. Shortly after Local 519’s Charter, the International changed its name to Service Employees International Union.
There have been many changes in Local 519 since 1962 culminating in our separation from SEIU in January, 2008. We are now an independent Labor Union.
PSEU 519 has a current membership of approximately 500 people, most of whom work in jobs directly related to law enforcement. We represent the following bargaining units:
- Communications Specialists Supervisors, King County Sheriff’s Office
- DAJD Management, King County Dept. of Adult & Juvenile Detention
- King County Civic Television (K-CTV), Metro King County Council
- King County Fire Investigation Unit - King County Sheriff’s Office
- Legal Administrative Specialists, King County Dept. of Judicial Administration
- Non-Commissioned Professional Employees, Dept. of Adult & Juvenile Detention
- Non-Commissioned Professional Employees, Dept. of Community & Human Services
- Non-Commissioned Professional Employees, King County Sheriff’s Office
- Non-Commissioned Supervisory Professional Employees, King County Sheriff’s Office
- NORCOM 911 Supervisors
- Superior Court Clerks, King County Dept. of Judicial Administration
- Bothell Police Captains, City of Bothell
- Kirkland Police Lieutenants, City of Kirkland