First General Government bargaining dates confirmed



The General Government Bargaining Team at recent prep meeting.

The General Government Bargaining Team at recent prep meeting.

The General Government Bargaining Team has its first list of confirmed bargaining dates, starting in less than two weeks. It’s likely more team meetings and bargaining dates will be added as negotiations step up over the summer.

Here are the confirmed dates for the General Government Bargaining Team:

May 12-13 – Bargaining Team Meeting, Olympia
May 20 – Bargaining, Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Center, Lacey
June 4-5 – Bargaining, WSLC Building, Olympia
June 24-25 – Bargaining, Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Center, Lacey
Aug. 6 – Bargaining, WSLC Building, Olympia
Aug. 19-20 – Bargaining, Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Center, Lacey
Sept. 2-3 – Bargaining, Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Center, Lacey

2014 Salary Survey released. One important benchmark used in bargaining is the latest state-conducted Total Compensation Survey, commonly known as the State Salary Survey. The first new survey in four years has been posted online. But the format is quite different from previous years. You can still glean the same information, but the typical spreadsheet that shows how much various job classes lag behind other counterparts isn’t done yet. That resource is still a couple weeks away. It’s also unclear if the 2014 Salary Survey will mirror the 2010 survey’s overall conclusion that showed that 82 percent of state workers still earned below market rates and that the state as a public employer lagged behind the 59 percent of other public employers that covered more of their employees’ health insurance premiums.

You can see the 2014 State Salary Survey at: http://www.dop.wa.gov/CompClass/Compensation/Pages/TotalCompensationSurvey.aspx

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