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UW/WFSE Master Contract (Effective 7/1/13 – 6/30/15)
Article 56 Mandatory Subject

The Employer shall satisfy its collective bargaining obligation before changing a matter that is a mandatory subject. The Employer will notify the union staff representative in writing, with a copy to the Executive Director of the Union, of these changes. 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 discussions and/or negotiations within thirty (30) calendar days, the Employer may implement the changes without further discussions and/or negotiations. There may be emergency or mandated 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 agency policy that is a mandatory subject of bargaining; the Employer shall notify the Union and satisfy its collective bargaining obligations per Article 56.

The parties shall agree to the location and time for the discussions and/or 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.

Release Time

  1. a. The Employer shall approve paid release time for up to four (4) employee representatives who are scheduled to work during the time meetings or 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 without pay 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.
  3. The Union is responsible for paying any travel or per diem of employee representatives. Employee representatives may not use a state vehicle to travel to and from a bargaining session, unless authorized by the Employer for Business Purposes.