Our Contracts




WHAT IS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING?

Collective bargaining is the right to negotiate on issues important to you – including your pay, benefits, seniority, and grievance procedures.

WHO NEGOTIATES OUR CONTRACT?

A team of WFSE/AFSCME union members elected from their bargaining units negotiate each contract, with WFSE staff serving as chief negotiators.
A Committee of the Executive Board, the Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC), makes recommendations regarding the bargaining structure to the Executive Board for approval. Read our collective bargaining process here.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS (CBA), aka Our Contracts!

Our first master contracts, or collective bargaining agreements (CBA), went into effect on July 1, 2005, and were the FIRST to be negotiated under the Personnel System Reform Act of 2002 which gives state employees the right to bargain over wages and health care benefits, as well as working conditions. The contracts typically have a duration of two years.

Our contracts include articles on wages, hours of work, protections against contracting out and other terms and conditions of employment, including: hiring and appointments; overtime; training and employee development; licensure and certification; holidays and leave; safety and health; discipline; privacy; and grievance procedures. Read more about what can and can’t be bargained at RCW 41.80.020, Scope of Bargaining.

CONTRACT PROPOSALS

Members have the opporunity to submit contract proposals in the summer and fall of odd-numbered years in preparation for bargaining in even-numbered years. Proposals are submitted through the local unions and policy committees, by the Council 28 Executive Board, and online at WFSE.org > Collective Bargaining > Contract Proposals. [Collective Bargaining Process]

BARGAINING TEAMS

Each bargaining team, with staff assistance, produces a final package that is presented to their respective management team as each team’s initial contract proposal.

Some teams, like the General Government and Community College Coalition bargaining teams, negotiate with the governor’s Labor Relations Office (LRO). Others, like the University of Washington and Washington State University, bargain with their respective administrations.

Some bargaining units not covered by the 2002 Personnel System Reform Act, like Renton Technical College, Medical Interpreters, American Behavioral Health Systems, American Friends Service Committee and Higher Education exempts, bargain under different laws, some with LRO and some independently.

By law, health benefits are negotiated by a coalition of all unions representing state employees in Washington. The agreed upon health language is then inserted into each CBA.  [Collective Bargaining Process]

CONTRACT RATIFICATION

When negotiations are complete, members vote to accept the contract. This “ratification” vote takes place after contracts are successfully negotiated and prior to being forwarded to the governor’s Office of Financial Management.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE CONTRACTS?

  • WFSE.org > Our Contracts: Use the drop down to select your bargaining unit. View contract, MOUs, and related documents
  • Washington State OFM > Labor Relations

 

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