Ratification

WSU CONTRACT RATIFICATION

CONTRACT RATIFIED 9/28/18

WFSE MEMBERS OVERWHELMINGLY RATIFIED 2019-2021 CONTRACTS TODAY WHEN VOTING CLOSED AT 5PM.

"The hard work of our bargaining teams, and advocacy of our members resulted in historic gains in our 2019-2021 contracts. We are stronger together." — Amy Spiegel, WFSE Director of Negotiations

The contracts wil be delivered to the Governor's office for processing (financial feasibility) and inclusion in Governor's 2019 Budget. Stay tuned in January for opportunities to help support lobbying efforts for funding our contracts.

SUMMARY OF TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

This is a summary that highlights and explains the most significant provisions of the Tentative Agreement reached between the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) classified bargaining units and Washington State University. It does not cover every article or every provision.  

MAJOR GOALS

Major goals achieved in tough economic times include:

  • 3% increase in 7/1/2019 (see Art. 24).
  • 3% increase in 7/1/2020 (see Art. 24).
  • Shift premium increased to $1/hour (see Art. 24).
  • Class specific increases (see Art. 24, Appendix X).
  • Increased voice (see Art. 28)
  • Stronger Union rights (see articles 1 & 5)

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE ECONOMIC GAINS IN 2019-2021 ARTICLES

Article 24 – Compensation

  • 3% increase in 7/1/2019 (see Art. 24).
  • 3% increase in 7/1/2020 (see Art. 24).
  • Shift premium increased to $1/hour (see Art. 24).
  • Classification Adjustments for specific classes (Appendix X)

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE NON-ECONOMIC GAINS IN 2019-2021 ARTICLES

Article 1 – Scope and Interpretation

  • Strengthened the notification requirements for changes to mandatory subjects and BPPMs

Article 3 – Workplace behavior

  • Article can be grieved to step 3 administrator, and alternative methods of resolution can be accessed

Article 4—Employee Rights and Responsibilities

  • Tightened language regarding reimbursement of personal property damaged or stolen in the performance of your job
  • Small changes for clarification in the Health and Safety language

Article 5—Union rights and responsibilities

  • New Dues language
  • Our union is guaranteed 30 minutes for new employee orientation within the first 90 of new employee’s start date 
  • Employee status reports will be provided to our Union by the 15th of each month 

Article 6—Hours of work

  • Clarification that donning/doffing University provided attire, or gear being part of the work day

Article 7 – Hiring and Appointments

  • Pay for lead duties (tug pay) was extended to bargaining unit 20

Article 15—Benefits

  • Employees may request a permanent schedule change to accommodate an hour lunch period for the purpose of wellness activities

Article 18 – Sick Leave

  • Added language clarification of new legislation and rules. 

Article 19—Leave Without Pay

  • Updated to reflects changes to sick leave

Article 20 – Shared Leave

  • Added parental bonding, adoption, foster care and language for temporary disability for a pregnancy-related condition or miscarriage. 

Article 21 – Other Leave

  • Employees may request an additional 2 days (for a total of 5) days bereavement leave for exceptional circumstances

Article 22 – Accommodations

  • Created accommodations for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. 
  • Created accommodations for pregnancy

Article 26 – Parking

  • The university will provide our Union notice of changes to parking rates and lot designation

Article 27—University Closures/Inclement Weather

  • Employees may request to bank up to 16 hours of compensatory time to be used during December Reduced Operations

Article 28 - Union/Management meetings

  • University wide (1 representative from each bargaining unit) meetings will be conducted 2 times per year
  • Individual Bargaining Unit meetings will occur quarterly with up to 3 bargaining unit members participating.

Article 30 - Term of Agreement

  • Date Changes.
  • Included ground rules for master agreement negotiations

Appendix B—Health Care Benefits Amounts

  • The contract HOLDS THE LINE ON HEALTH CARE COSTS with the current 85/15 premium rate. You will continue to pay 15 percent of your health insurance premiums.
  • Creates a $250.00/year of the contract flexible spending account for union members earning less than $50,004.

Appendix D—Bargaining Units

  • Updated to reflect merged and new bargaining units

Non-Slip Shoe Covers (BU 2, and BU 12) MOU

  • The university agreed to purchase 50 non-slip shoe covers for Dining Service classified staff in bargaining units 2 and 12

RESOURCES

Tentative Agreement

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Please VOTE to ratify this agreement!

Your Bargaining Team recommends you VOTE TO ACCEPT this Agreement.