The current collective bargaining agreement between the UW and the Teamsters Local Union No. 117 (Teamsters), which governs UW-Teamsters relations for the 2011-2013 biennium, expires on June 30, 2013. Contract negotiations are now underway to bargain a successor agreement for the 2013-2015 biennium. The Teamsters union represents police officers within the UW Police Department.
Compensation: New compensation provisions went into effect on July 1, 2013, including 2 percent across-the-board increases for all employees in the bargaining unit. This and other applicable compensation provisions that are effective July 1, 2013 will be first reflected on the July 25, 2013 paycheck, for the pay period ending July 15, 2013.
Contract Publication: The 2013-2015 collective bargaining agreement has been published to the Labor Relations website. View the 2013-2015 Teamsters 117 Contract.
This recap details the first session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and Teamsters.
UW acknowledged that substantial financial uncertainty persists in Washington State, and that many recently settled contracts throughout the state have yielded economic provisions that are conservative at best.
UW suggested that the parties could roll over the existing contract into the 2013-2015 biennium. In doing so, UW proposed that the parties address any outstanding contract issues through regular joint labor-management meetings, and that the parties would negotiate economics during the contract term if the State of Washington were to appropriate general wage increases.
Teamsters declined the proposal to roll over the existing contract, voicing its preference to open the contract and bargain for changes.
The parties exchanged and discussed comprehensive contract proposals that address several different issue areas, including leaves of absence, corrective action, and grievance procedures.
The parties verbally acknowledged tentative agreements on various contract provisions, which include moving away from printing contracts in favor of utilizing an online version, as well as no longer requiring employees to reimburse the UW for compensation received while absent due to civil duties such as jury duty.
The parties also tentatively agreed that the union must initiate the movement of a grievance from step one to step two of the grievance process, rather than such movement occurring automatically.
UW pointed out that due to this contract's reliance on state funding, it is subject to the state-mandated deadline of October 1. UW voiced that while much economic uncertainty remains, it intends to work creatively toward financial solutions for its employees.
UW voiced the importance of emerging from the economic recession in a way that is smart and cognizant of the state's financial situation, while benefiting all UW employees.
The next UW/Teamsters bargaining session is scheduled for September 21.