Skip navigation - Jump to main content

Teamsters 117 Contract Negotiation Updates

The Teamsters union represents police officers within the UW Police Department. The current collective bargaining agreement between the UW and the Teamsters Local Union No. 117 (Teamsters), which governs UW-Teamsters relations for the 2013-2015 biennium, expires on June 30, 2015. Contract negotiations are now underway to bargain a successor agreement for the 2015-2017 biennium.

Andrew Berg
Assistant Director, Labor Relations (Lead Negotiator)
Stephanie Godwin-Austen
Sr. Compensation Consultant, UW Compensation
Lisa Hanna
Director of Employee Relations, Campus HR Operations
A.J. Hartman
Communications Specialist, Labor Relations
Bev Page
Human Resources Consultant, Campus HR Operations
Steve Rittereiser
Major, UW Police Department

Comprehensive UWPD-Teamsters 117 Tentative Agreement Reached

The parties reached a comprehensive tentative agreement for the 2015-2017 contract after meeting on June 26, 2015, which has been ratified by Teamsters’ membership.

Summary of the 2015-2017 Agreement

Wages

  • General Wage Increases:
    • 3% across the board increase effective July 1, 2015.
    • 2% across the board increase effective July 1, 2016.
  • Lump Sum Payments:
    • 3% lump sum payment based on July 1, 2015, pay rates, effective the first pay period of July 2015.
    • 4% lump sum payment based on July 1, 2016, pay rates, effective the first pay period of July 2016.
    • To be eligible, officers must be in the bargaining unit continuously from the time of ratification or hire until the time of the payment.

Article 4: Joint Labor-Management Committee

  • Joint Labor-Management Committee: A union staff representative is to be the sole decision-maker in determining whether their attendance at joint labor-management meetings is necessary.

Article 15: Hours of Work and Overtime

  • Pay for Administrative Assignments: Qualifying administrative assignments requiring in-person attendance that are not contiguous with an officer’s shift will yield a minimum of four hours' pay. Noncontiguous telephonic assignments will receive at least two hours of pay.
  • Overtime Assignments: While general overtime needs are to be determined and scheduled by the employer, UWPD will discuss overtime staffing and assignment for football and other special events with officers and the union through the joint labor-management process, with a particular focus on employees’ ability to opt-out of such shifts.
  • Football Events: Officers who are assigned to a shift the night immediately before a football event or the night immediately after the event will not be required to work the football event.
  • Shift Selection: New language memorializes that the shift bidding process will occur in April of each year, for assignments to take effect on the schedule nearest to July 1.

Article 16: Compensatory Time Off

  • Comp. Time Accumulation: The maximum amount of compensatory time officers can accumulate will increase from 200 hours to 240.

Article 18: Grievance Procedure

  • Grievance Procedure: Steward involvement will be increased at step one of the grievance procedure, and grievances will automatically move to step two if a department does not provide a response at step one.

Article 20: Longevity and Premiums

  • Longevity Premium Schedule: The existing longevity pay schedule will be front-loaded to provide for an increase at 3 years of service instead of at 25 years.

DRIVE Fund:

  • New Article: Employees may voluntarily contribute to Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education (DRIVE) via payroll deduction, provided that management receives a copy of the authorization.

Bargaining Update – UW Last, Best, and Final Delivered

On September 24, UW presented Teamsters with a comprehensive proposal that Teamsters' membership voted to reject. The parties continued to discuss the open articles and UW reaffirmed its previous proposal as its last, best, and final offer on September 30. The parties were unable to reach agreement before October 1, the deadline by which contracts requesting State funding for the coming biennium must be ratified and submitted to the Office of Financial Management. Therefore, UW did not submit a ratified contract to OFM and will not receive funds to give raises in the new biennium.

UW's Last, Best, and Final Offer

For an overview of UW's proposal, see the Summary of UW's Last, Best, and Final Offer .


Negotiations Recap for September 8, 2014

This recap details the fourth session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and Teamsters.

Teamsters Proposals

Compensatory Time Off – Teamsters proposed increasing the maximum amount of compensatory time officers can accumulate from 200 hours to 300.

Longevity Premium – Teamsters declined UW's proposal to front-load the existing longevity pay schedule in favor of maintaining existing contract language.

Compensation - Teamsters proposed a wage increase of 10 pay ranges for all officers, along with a cost of living adjustment of 2-5 percent.

UW Proposals

Pay for Administrative Assignments – UW proposed that qualifying administrative assignments requiring in-person attendance that are not contiguous with an officer's shift yield a minimum of four hours' pay. Noncontiguous telephonic assignments would receive at least one hour of pay.

For such situations, "contiguous" would mean the assignment is ongoing within 15 minutes of a scheduled shift.

Hours of Work and Overtime – UW proposed that overtime staffing and assignment for football and other special events be addressed through the joint labor-management process, with a particular focus on employees' ability to opt-out of such shifts.

Discipline and Dismissal – UW proposed language to memorialize that while records of discussion and letters of counsel are not formal discipline and therefore not subject to the grievance procedure, they are maintained in the departmental file for up to one year.

Compensatory Time Off - UW maintained its proposal to increase the maximum amount of compensatory time officers can accumulate from 200 hours to 240.

Union Responses

Compensatory Time Off - Teamsters expressed willingness to accept UW's proposal to increase the maximum accrual of compensatory time to 240 hours, provided that employees may use two days of compensatory time per year regardless of management approval.

Pay for Administrative Assignments - Teamsters proposed that noncontiguous telephonic assignments receive at least two hours of pay, and rejected UW's definition of "contiguous" meaning that the assignment is ongoing within 15 minutes of a scheduled shift.

Tentative Agreements

The parties tentatively agreed to maintain current contract language, with occasional "housekeeping" edits, for the following articles:

  • Article 9: Sick Leave
  • Article 10: Vacations
  • Article 11: Holidays
  • Article 12: Leaves - General
  • Article 13: Uniforms/Personal Items
  • Article 17: Discipline and Dismissal.
  • Article 27: Duration

Next Steps

The next UW-Teamsters bargaining session is scheduled for September 24.