It's unanimous! TCC Student Support Staff ratifies first contract!

tccx-112014TCC Student Support Staff unanimously ratify first contract!

Student Support Staff at Tacoma Community College this afternoon made history by unanimously ratifying their first-ever contract.

In onsite voting that closed at 1 p.m. today, the TCC Student Support Staff Bargaining Unit members, it was a unanimous vote to accept the contract. (The TCC Student Support Staff Bargaining Team determined the format of reporting of the voting results.)

The now-ratified contract gives compensation increases and new workplace rights to some of the most familiar and trusted faces on the TCC campus, such as: academic advisors, educational planners, the Running Start coordinator, support specialists and the Career Center coordinator.

The compensation package includes:

• 3% across the board increase effective 7/1/15

• 1.8% across the board increase effective 7/1/16

• $650 dollar addition to base pay for those who have achieved their Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline, effective upon submission of documentation.

• Memorandum of Understanding to address 2% Adjustment for certain job classes to do salary survey with apples to apples comparisons.

They also gained a number of non-economic rights, including a first-ever grievance procedure; a discipline article that includes the just cause (due process rights) standard for discipline and a process to remove negative information from an employee’s personnel file; and a layoff and recall article that honors years of service at the community college.

The tentative agreement came after a months-long push by members and allies in the Classified Staff at TCC, other Federation members, other unions and community groups. That burst of public activity helped break a logjam in negotiations.

Congratulations again to the TCC Student Support Staff for their unanimous ratification of their new – and first-ever – 2015-2017 collective bargaining agreement.


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