The Eastern Washington University Bargaining Team early this morning (Sept. 8) reached tentative agreement on a new two-year contract that will bring pay raises and other significant increases to non-economic articles.
The amount of the across-the-board raises will be equal to the amount agreed to at the General Government table. That amount isn’t known yet because the General Government team was still in negotiations as of late Thursday afternoon.
In addition to that “me-too” amount, EWU members will get a $100 lump sum payment July 25, 2017. There will also be classification adjustments for specific classes. The article determining the percentage of health insurance premiums you pay and related issues is also still to be determined; the state employee Health Care Coalition resumes bargaining tomorrow, Sept. 9.
The non-economic gains include improved language concerning evaluations;
improved language regarding Workplace Behavior (Bullying); and improved language regarding call back.
Overall, the team attempted to address the top priorities submitted by members from the survey and did improve conditions of employment while management were more inclined to retain the status quo.
EWU members should watch their mail for more comprehensive information and details on online contract ratification voting.
IMPORTANT! Keep calling the governor’s office.
Funding for the EWU compensation package goes through the governor’s office. Join all other bargaining tables in continuing to call the governor to support fair contracts.
Please call AGAIN today. The Governor’s office is open 8am-5pm. Call back if you don’t get through. They are tallying and your voice counts!
TAKE ACTION AGAIN TODAY
Call Gov Inslee: 1-360-902-4111
Phone Message: Hi, my name is (NAME) & I want to leave a message for the governor. Invest in public employees at Eastern Washington University by supporting real raises and no increases in health care so we can afford to answer the call to public service.