WFSE represents a wide range of UW employees on the UW's Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses and at both Harborview and UW Medical Centers. The five bargaining units covered by the master agreement include positions in administrative support, food services, custodial services, and skilled trades, as well as many health care workers.
This recap details the eleventh session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and WFSE, and the seventh session facilitated by a neutral mediator.
WFSE declined UW's offer from the previous bargaining session to settle an issue involving the payment of shift differentials and market adjustments to certain positions in the Trades bargaining unit.
UW and WFSE exchanged ideas and proposals throughout the day, and ultimately arrived at a tentative agreement on a 2013-2015 contract that both parties found mutually satisfactory.
Key provisions from the new comprehensive tentative areement include:
For more details on what is new and different in the 2013-2015 collective bargaining agreement, see the summary of the UW-WFSE comprehensive tentative agreement.
UW and WFSE will recommend this agreement to their respective constituents for approval and ratification.
UW will submit the contract and funding request to the OFM by October 1, pending contract ratification by WFSE.
This recap details the tenth session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and WFSE, and the sixth session facilitated by a neutral mediator.
The parties exchanged several conceptual package proposals throughout the day, making significant progress toward reaching mutual agreement.
UW presented an offer to settle an issue that has been in litigation since 2009, and is currently on appeal to the Superior Court. This issue stemmed from bargaining between UW and WFSE in 2008. In January 2009, UW suspended payment of newly negotiated increased shift differentials and market adjustments to certain WFSE-represented employees, because the contract under which these increases were negotiated was determined financially non-feasible by the Washington State Office of Financial Management.
UW's proposal would result in back pay with interest to the employees in question, for the period between January 23, 2009, and June 30, 2009, in accordance with the decision rendered by the Public Employment Relations Commission on the matter.
Additionally, on January 1, 2013, UW would reinstate the suspended increases for the remaining period of the current contract, increase shift differentials for Harborview Medical Center Security Officers from $0.50 to $1 per hour as part of the 2011-2013 contract, and seek to continue these increases into the 2013-2015 contract.
WFSE noted that it would present the settlement offer to its legal counsel.
The parties arrived at tentative agreements on several contract articles.
The parties tentatively agreed to withdraw proposals and maintain existing contract language on articles 9 - Union Activities, 17 - Contracting, 20 - Licensure and Certification, 21 - Performance Evaluation, 26 - Health and Safety, and 56 - Mandatory Subjects.
The parties tentatively agreed to amendments to the following contract articles, and to the creation of a new memorandum of understanding (MOU):
The parties also worked out minor revisions to contract articles on overtime, promotions, and classifications.
The UW and WFSE are facing a tight deadline under state law to conclude negotiations and have the agreement ratified by October 1.
The next UW/WFSE bargaining session is scheduled for September 21.
This recap details the ninth session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and WFSE, and the fifth session facilitated by a neutral mediator.
The parties continued dialogue over the duties and compensation of UW custodial staff at Harborview and UW Medical Centers in relation to their non-hospital counterparts. Other topics discussed included medical leave and conditions of employee reallocations.
In efforts to move closer to an agreement, the parties exchanged several conceptual package proposals.
The next UW/WFSE bargaining session is scheduled for September 18.