RATIFICATION Community College Coalition



CONTRACT RATIFICATION

Negotiations of the 2015-17 Tentative Agreement (TA) for the WFSE/AFSCME Community College Coalition bargaining units concluded on September 19, 2014.

Your Bargaining Team recommends that you ACCEPT this Agreement. After you have reviewed the TA Summary, we believe you will agree that good progress was made.

***UPDATE 9/30/14: Members approve tentative agreement.***

We hope you will exercise your right to vote and ratify this Tentative Agreement.

RatificationEnvelope-trContract Ratification Kit

Ratification kits are being mailed to the home address of record for all members. Please watch your mail! The kits include a tentative agreement summary and detailed voting instructions.

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TENTATIVE AGREEMENT SUMMARY

Major goals achieved in tough economic times include:

  • 3% increase in 2015; in 2016 employees will receive the greater of 1.8% or 1% plus about $.11/hr. – Employees will receive the initial 1% and then the additional .8% or about $.11/hr. This language achieves a larger increase for those employees in classifications assigned to pay ranges below $15.00/hr. – (see Art. 43)
  • FIRST TIME EVER SALARY INCREASES FOR PART-TIME HOURLY MEMBERS: 2% in 2015 and 2% in 2016 (see Art. 5)
  • Additional 2.5%  salary increase for specific job classifications listed in Appendix X
  • TWO additional Personal Leave days added for a total of FOUR (see Art. 18)
  • ONE additional day of Bereavement Leave for a total of FIVE (see Art. 18)
  • Double-time and a half-pay for those working during suspended operations (see Art. 17)
  • New language on hiring part-time hourlies (see Art. 4)
  • New language on additional safety training (see Art. 20)
  • NO SIGNIFICANT TAKE-AWAYS – your team held strong!

HIGHLIGHTS 
OF THE GAINS IN ECONOMIC ARTICLES


Article 5 – Temporary Appointments (Part-time hourly employees)

  • 2% salary increase effective July 1, 2015
  • 2% salary increase effective July 1, 2016

Article 17 – Suspended Operations

  • Additional compensation (double time and a half) for those employees required to work on campus during first day suspended operations

Article 18 – Miscellaneous Paid Leave

  • Personal Leave Days doubled (two additional days) for a total of 4
  • Bereavement Leave increased one day for a total of 5 days

Article 43 – Compensation

  • 3% increase in 2015; in 2016 employees will receive the greater of 1.8% or 1% plus about $.11/hr. – Employees will receive the initial 1% and then the additional .8% or about $.11/hr. This language achieves a larger increase for those employees in classifications assigned to pay ranges below $15.00/hr. – (see Art. 43)

Article 44 – Health Care Benefit Amount

  • Provides for inclusion of Agreement reached by Health Care Coalition in accordance with RCW 41.80.020

Appendix X – Classification Specific Salary Adjustments

  • An additional 2.5% increase for specific classifications listed in Appendix X

HIGHLIGHTS 
OF THE GAINS IN NON-ECONOMIC ARTICLES

Article 4 – Hiring and Appointments

  • Part-time hourly employees will now be considered with other permanent employees prior to outside candidates
  • Management now required to establish an application process for part-time hourly employees
  • Improved language on trial service
  • Improved language on probation periods
  • Added first ever language regarding apprenticeships in community colleges

Article 5 – Temporary Appointments

  • 2% salary increase effective July 1, 2015
  • 2% salary increase effective July 1, 2016
  • Added language referencing Article 4 hiring and application improvements
  • New language on schedule changes allowing part-time hourly employees to make up missed work for unforeseen absences like being sick, childcare emergencies, etc.
  • Added two unpaid holidays for reason of faith or conscience

Article 7 – Hours of Work

  • Added language making it easier for employees to request a schedule change

Article 9 – Training and Employee Development

  • New language requiring better notice from management to the union of new employees scheduled for orientation
  • New language allowing the union to provide video and/or other material to the employer’s on-line orientation programs

Article 18 – Miscellaneous Paid Leaves

  • Personal leave added to the list of leave allowed for bereavement in addition to the 5 initial paid days.

Article 19– Leave without Pay

  • New language adding two unpaid holidays with added protections for use for reasons of Faith or Conscience

Article 20 – Safety and Health

  • New language that requires management train all employees on emergency preparedness, including in the event of an “active shooter” on campus

Article 29– Grievance Procedure

  • Removed the election of remedies requirement

Memorandum of Understanding

New MOU establishing a statewide coalition meeting to address assignment pay and workplace safety.

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TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

COMMUNITY COLLEGE COALITION TENTATIVE AGREEMENT PDF

14 Comments

  1. ssgood says:

    I maybe early but were is the complete document….I am not willing to vote until I see what I am getting into….A summery is not enough….Lets have the whole agreement before any of us vote…

    • WFSEc28 says:

      Full TA is now posted to this page. See the link to the pdf or read it online with the feed, also located at the bottom of the page.

  2. psims says:

    there is only one extra leave day added in the contract. We already received 1 personal holiday and 1 personal leave day. article 18 states we get 2 personal leave days. I am assuming the personal leave days should now read 3 (1 +2 new personal leave days) This would then equal 4 days total. As it is right now we would only be getting 3 days.

    • WFSEc28 says:

      TWO additional Personal Leave days added for a total of FOUR (see Art. 18). These means over the 2-year term of the contract, you’ll now have four personal days – one extra each year (2 additional).

  3. thunderingpants says:

    Just love being the odd class out. Most of the office gets a 2.5% raise and I get nothing. I want my union dues back…all 35 years worth.

    • WFSEc28 says:

      ‘m not sure where you work or what job classification you are in, but please know that, if the contract is ratified, everyone will receive a 3% wage increase in 2015 and at least a 1.8% wage increase in 2016. There were certain classifications that, due to documented recruitment & retention issues, compression or inversion, increased duties or inequities, will be receiving additional pay increases of 2.5%. Please refer to Appendix X in the TA for a list of these job classifications. If you have more specific questions or wish to discuss it further, please contact your nearest WFSE Field Office. See Contact Us for phone numbers or call HQ at 800-562-6002.

  4. krobins says:

    The mailer states, “NO SIGNIFICANT TAKE-AWAYS – your team held strong!.” However, “NO SIGNIFICANT TAKE-AWAYS” implies that there were UN-significant take-aways. What were the take-aways, and where can I review them?

  5. mmlager says:

    I notice that we get another personal leave day that is awesome. But I also notice that they are deleted the day after Thanksgiving? If this is correct then we are actually coming out even on paid days off.

  6. roodlecm says:

    In the Discipline section, #29.1, it states, “The Employer will not discipline any permanent employee without just cause.” As a temporary employee of over 3 years, does that mean I am subject to being disciplined for any or no cause? In other words, am I not protected by the contract?

    Also, I had heard that the part-time employees’ never-ending temporary status was being discussed at the bargaining table. Since I do not see anything mentioned about it in the contract, may I assume that our permanent temporary status continues unabated?

    • WFSEc28 says:

      Please contact the lead negotiator, Kurt Spiegel at the Olympia Field Office (360-786-1303). He can provide the details and answer your questions.

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