The University is committed to negotiating contracts that are competitive and fair for our employees, which build a strong foundation for long-term working relationships with our unions, and which position the University for a successful future of achievement, innovation, and teamwork.
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As part of the 2013-2015 contract between the University and SEIU 925, the parties agreed to undertake classification studies for select jobs, including that of Messenger Driver at the UW. The Messenger Driver study has since been completed, which focused on whether that job and its duties are similar enough to those of the WFSE-represented Truck Driver classification to warrant wage parity between the two. As part of this study, UW's Compensation department collected customized questionnaires and conducted interviews with the messenger drivers to gain a thorough, firsthand understanding of their job duties and responsibilities.
These interviews and the study on the whole showed the two jobs to be materially different. Where SEIU 925-represented messenger drivers are typically responsible for using cars to deliver specimens, light office supplies, and occasionally people, WFSE-represented truck drivers typically drive much larger vehicles and move around much heavier material, including freight, warehouse supplies, desks, and construction material. In sum, the study does not support establishing wage parity between the messenger driver and truck driver job classifications at this time.
In accordance with a determination made by the Public Employment Relations Commission ("PERC"), the University is making payments to some current and former UW employees represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), Local 1488, for the period from February 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009. View the UW-WFSE Early Money web page for February 1, 2009, through June 30, 2009 for details.
In accordance with the determination made by Arbitrator Michael Cavanaugh, the University shall make eligible WFSE-represented employees whole for lost wages and benefits for the period April 13, 2012, through June 30, 2013. Please note that the arbitral award did not require interest to be paid. View the UW-WFSE Arbitration Award web page for April 13, 2012, through June 30, 2013 for details.