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.
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.
Article 4: Joint Labor-Management Committee
Article 15: Hours of Work and Overtime
Article 16: Compensatory Time Off
Article 18: Grievance Procedure
Article 20: Longevity and Premiums
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.
For an overview of UW's proposal, see the Summary of UW's Last, Best, and Final Offer .
This recap details the fourth session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and Teamsters.
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.
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.
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.
The parties tentatively agreed to maintain current contract language, with occasional "housekeeping" edits, for the following articles:
The next UW-Teamsters bargaining session is scheduled for September 24.