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UW - SEIU1199NW Master Contract

2015-2017 Biennium

Article 28 - Mandatory Subject

Existing practices not contained in this contract which have a bearing upon the quality of working conditions shall not be modified or eliminated without providing the union notice and opportunity to bargain.

28.1 The Union may request discussions about and/or negotiations on the impact of these changes on employee's working conditions. The Union will notify the Vice President of Labor Relations of any demands to bargain. In the event the Union does not request negotiations within sixty (60) calendar days, the Employer may implement the changes without further negotiations. There may be emergency conditions that are outside of the Employer's control requiring immediate implementation, in which case the Employer shall notify the Union as soon as possible.

Prior to making any change in written Employer policy that is a mandatory subject of bargaining; the Employer shall notify the Union and satisfy its collective bargaining obligations per Article 28.

The parties shall agree to the location and time for the negotiations. Each party is responsible for choosing its own representatives for these activities. The Union will provide the Employer with the names of its employee representatives at least seven (7) calendar days in advance of the meeting date unless the meeting is scheduled sooner, in which case the Union will notify the Employer as soon as possible.

28.2 Release Time

  1. The Employer shall approve paid release time for up to three (3) employee representatives who are scheduled to work during the time negotiations are being conducted, provided the absence of the employee will not interfere with the operating needs of the Employer. The Employer may approve leave for additional employee representatives provided the absence of the employee will not interfere with the operating needs of the Employer. If the additional employee absence is approved, the employee(s) may use personal holiday, annual leave, or compensatory leave instead of leave without pay.
  2. No overtime will be incurred as a result of bargaining and/or preparation for bargaining.

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