Arbitrator: UW Trades stewards can represent other Local 1488 members on main campus



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Paula Lukaszek

Paula Lukaszek and other stewards in the Federation’s Skilled Trades Bargaining Unit at the University of Washington must be allowed to represent other members in the Campuswide Unit as well, an arbitrator has ruled.

The arbitrator ruled Nov. 14 the UW wrongly denied Lukaszek release time last year to represent a member of the Campuswide Bargaining Unit. That violated the contract, the arbitrator ruled.

“We’re on par with the rest of the stewards in 1488,” said Lukaszek, now local president. “I can represent anyone on the main campus whether they’re in Trades or not.

“A steward is a steward is a steward. We should be able to represent any member.”

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