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UW/WFSE Master Contract (Effective 7/1/13 – 6/30/15)
Article 45 Promotions/Transfers

45.1 Policy. It is the policy of the University to encourage job advancement and promote from within. It is the responsibility of each employee seeking promotion or transfer to provide the Employer with complete information regarding the employee's skills and qualifications relative to the position sought. The Employer will make the application process, necessary submittals and the essential skills of the vacant position clear to prospective applicants. All employees will be informed of the processes and steps necessary for advancement. This may be done as part of the annual performance evaluation.

45.2 Definitions. For the purpose of this Article the following definitions apply:

Promotion - Movement to a position in a job class with a higher salary range.

Transfer - Movement to a position within another department in the same classification.

Lateral Movement - Movement of employee to a position in another class which has the same salary range maximum as the employee's current class.

Voluntary Demotion - Movement to a position with a lower salary maximum, where the position is attained through the employment process. This section does not apply to employees who demote as part of corrective action.

45.3 Notice that applications are being accepted for vacant bargaining unit positions will be published and posted consistent with Article 43 Vacancies of this Agreement.

45.4 The Employer will determine if applicants possess the essential skills required of the position. Essential skills are the minimum qualifications listed in the job description for the classification and any specific position requirements. Consistent with its current practices, the Employer will refer to the appropriate hiring authority all current bargaining unit applicants possessing the essential skills prior to referring any non-bargaining unit applications. Where the skills, abilities and experience of the vacant position applicants are considered equal, the Employer will offer the position to a bargaining unit applicant. In accordance with applicable law, affirmative action goals or disability accommodations will be considered when filling vacancies.

At least one (1) bargaining unit applicant per job requisition, who is a regular monthly employee and who possesses the essential skills, shall be among those granted an interview for bargaining unit positions. Which bargaining unit applicant(s) the Employer chooses to interview shall not be grievable.

45.5 Applicants from within the bargaining unit who are not offered the position may request a non-grievable explanation as to why the position was not offered. Employees may grieve if they believe the requirements for posting or other hiring processes were not followed.

45.6 Movement between positions within the University: Employees who transfer, promote, move laterally, or voluntarily demote shall serve a trial service period. Paid or unpaid leave taken during the six (6) month trial service period shall extend the length of the trial service period by the amount of paid or unpaid leave taken. Either the Employer or the employee may end the appointment by providing notice.

Promotion or Lateral Movement: Promotional or lateral movement appointees will serve a six (6) month trial service. During the first two (2) months of the trial service period, promotional or lateral movement employees have preemptive rights to their former position. After the first two (2) months but during remainder of trial service, employees who are not staying in the new position shall have the option to revert to their former position if it is still vacant, be considered for reassignment in the same class as their former class, or be placed on the rehire list.

Transfer: Transfer appointees will serve a six (6) week trial service. At any time during the six (6) weeks the employee has preemptive rights to their former position.

Demotion: Any employee who demotes to a classification in which they have previously held permanent status will serve a six (6) week trial service. At any time during the six (6) weeks the employee has preemptive rights to their former position.

An employee who demotes to a classification in which they have not previously held permanent status will serve a six (6) month trial service. During the first two (2) months on the new job, these employees have preemptive rights to their former position. After the first two (2) months but during the remainder of trial service, employees who are not staying in the new position shall have the option to revert to their former position if it is still vacant, be considered for reassignment in the same class as their former position, or be placed on the rehire list.

45.7 Employees shall receive reasonable paid release time for job interviews for University positions (which may include sitting for an examination at the University). Such time must be approved in advance by the supervisor subject to unit staffing needs.