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Teamsters 117 Contract Negotation 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

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.


Negotiations Recap for August 21, 2014

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

Teamsters Package Proposal

Teamsters put forth a package proposal in which all provisions would need to be accepted in their entirety. Provisions included:

Sick Leave – Teamsters would withdraw its proposal to remove the limit on the amount of sick leave an employee may use for emergency child care, in favor of maintaining the current limit of three days per calendar year.

Hours of Work and Overtime – Teamsters maintained its proposal to prohibit management from mandating temporary deviations from the regular work schedule except in emergencies.

Recharge Event Pay – Teamsters maintained its proposal for UWPD officers working recharge or overtime events to be paid at the rate of non-UWPD officers working the same assignment or the amount the UWPD has charged the University for staffing the event, whichever is greater.

Pay for Administrative Assignments - Teamsters proposed expanding applicability of the provision by which an officer may receive at least four hours' pay for attending court to include additional forums, such as student conduct boards and Department of Licensing in-person or telephonic hearings.

Event Staffing –Teamsters would withdraw its proposal to prohibit management from assigning officers to work football events or special assignments outside of their regular shift when there are no volunteers. Teamsters proposed that by July 15 of each year the UWPD Chief send notification for officers who wish to be eligible for football event overtime assignments, and that officers not indicating eligibility will not be required to work a football event except in cases of emergency.

Pre-Scheduled Overtime – Teamsters maintained its proposed requirement that any non-emergency pre-scheduled mandatory overtime be contiguous with an officer's regularly scheduled shift.

Compensatory Time Off – Teamsters proposed increasing the maximum amount of compensatory time officers can accumulate from 200 hours to 360.

Discipline and Dismissal – Teamsters maintained its proposal to remove language memorializing that some conduct is serious enough to warrant suspension or discharge for the first offense.

Tentative Agreements

Joint Labor-Management Committee – The parties formalized their tentative agreement to allow a union staff representative to be the sole decision-maker in determining whether their attendance at joint labor-management meetings is necessary.

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

  • Article 1: Preamble
  • Article 2: Non-Discrimination
  • Article 3: Management Rights and Responsibilities
  • Article 5: Union Recognition, Union Security, and Dues Deduction
  • Article 6: Union Business/Representatives
  • Article 7: Union Business Activities Leave
  • Article 8: Employee Files
  • Article 14: Seniority and Layoff
  • Article 18: Grievance Procedure
  • Article 19: Employee Rights
  • Article 21: Contracting Out
  • Article 22: Performance of Duty
  • Article 23: Tuition Exemption
  • Article 24: Severability
  • Article 26: Resignation and Abandonment

Next Steps

The next UW-Teamsters bargaining session is scheduled for September 12.