Ratification

TESC Classified CONTRACT RATIFICATION

CONTRACTS 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) and The Evergreen State College (TESC) on September 4, 2018. It does not cover every article or every provision. 

Your bargaining team recommends you VOTE TO ACCEPT this Agreement.

MAJOR GOALS

Major goals achieved in tough economic times include:

  • 3% increase in 7/1/2019 (see Art. 43)
  • 3% increase in 7/1/2020 (see Art. 43)
  • $100 Lump Sum July 25, 2019 (see MOU Signing Payment)
  • Extended time frame to file a grievance to 28 days (see Art. 30)
  • Management must provide documented reason for schedule changes (see Art. 7)
  • Added option for long term care deductions (see Art. 41)
  • Increased minimum wage to $14 an hour (see Appendix I)

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE ECONOMIC GAINS IN 2019-2021 ARTICLES

Article 43 – Compensation

  • 3% across the board increase effective 7/1/19
  • 3% across the board increase effective 7/1/20
  • $100 Lump Sum (see MOU – Signing Bonus)

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

Article 2 – Discrimination

  • Extended protections to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; Also added protections for pregnancy, breastfeeding mothers, and persons who use service animals.

Article 4 – Hiring and Appointments

  • Added language to more effectively allow listing positions for open continuous recruitment. 

Article 5 – Temporary Appointments

  • Added language clarification of new legislation and rules. 

Article 7 – Hours of Work

  • Employer must now provide a documented written notice to employee for all schedule changes. 

Article 9 – Training and Employee Development

  • Union will provide a paid two-hour contract training to all employees; Employer will formally provide training to all management personnel; New employees will receive contract training within 90 days of hire.

Article 10 – Holidays

  • Reduced notice requirement from 14 days to 10 days to use Personal Holidays.

Article 11 – Vacation Leave

  • When the Employer must cancel a member’s vacation leave, it will typically be reimbursable.

Article 12 – Sick Leave

  • All employees now qualify for sick leave accruals.
  • Extended definition of qualifying family members.
  • Added language clarification of new legislation and rules.

Article 13 – Shared Leave

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

Article 27 – Resignation and Abandonment

  • Clarified that abandonment only occurs after missing three “scheduled work days” and not calendar days. 

Article 28 – Grievance Procedure

  • Extended filing window for grievances from 21 to 28 days. 

Article 35 – Layoff and Recall

  • When faced with layoff options, members now have seven instead of five days to make their decision. 

Article 41 – Dues Deduction and Status Reports

  • Added language to new employee orientation. 
  • Members now have the option to have automatic deductions for Trustmark Universal Life Insurance with Long Term Care.

Article 48 - Term of Agreement

  • Date Changes.

Appendix I – Minimum Wage

  • Raises the minimum wage from $12 an hour to $14.

MOU on Child Care

  • Union/Management committee established to discuss the current staffing model, wait list policies, enrollment policies, and the S & A Board financial support and enrollment requirements.

RESOURCES

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Please VOTE to ratify this agreement!

Your Bargaining Team recommends you VOTE TO ACCEPT this Agreement.