RATIFICATION CC Coalition

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CONTRACT RATIFICATION

Negotiation of the 2017-19  COMMUNITY COLLEGE COALITION contract concluded 9/14/17.


TENTATIVE AGREEMENT SUMMARY
(2017-19 Contract)

This is a summary that highlights and explains the most significant provisions of the Tentative Agreement reached between the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) bargaining unit and the State of Washington covering the Community College Coalition on September 14, 2016.

Major goals achieved

  • 6% across the board increases over life of the two-year contract:  2% increase effective 7/1/17, 2% increase effective 7/1/18 and 2% increase effective 1/1/19 (see Art. 43
  • $12.00/hr. minimum wage resulting in increases for all employees below that rate in addition to the across the board increases agreed upon (see Art. 43 and Appendix X for classes effected)
  • $12.00/hr. minimum wage for all part-time hourly employees and across the board increases of 6% for those already above $12/hr. (see Art. 5)
  • Increased shift premium rate (see Art. 43)
  • Maintained healthcare costs, held the line on UMP out-of-pockets costs, and increased wellness benefits for those completing their health assessment (See Art. 44)
  • Increased vacation leave accruals throughout duration of employment (see Art. 11)
  • New family leave provisions (subject to new legislation) (see Art. 13 & 15)

Please VOTE to ratify this agreement!

Highlights of Economic Gains

Article 11 – Vacation Leave

  • Significantly increased vacation leave accruals – the first in 40 years!
  • Subject to legislation:
    • Use of leave in the first 6 months of employment.

Article 43 – Compensation

  • 6% increases over life of the two-year contract! (2% 7/1/17, 2% 7/1/18 and 2% 1/1/19).
  • $12.00/hr. minimum wage resulting in increases for all employees below that rate in addition to the across the board increases agreed upon (see Art. 43 and App. X for classes effected).
  • Increased shift premium rate – now $1.00/hr.
  • Step M now max step for increases under 43.6.
  • MOU immediately establishing workgroup to continue research and make recommendations on addressing regional pay issues statewide, particularly in King County.

Article 44 – Health Care Benefit Amount

  • Maintained healthcare costs, held the line on UMP out-of-pockets costs, and increased wellness benefits for those completing their health assessment.

Article 5 – Part-Time Hourly Appointments

  • $12.00/hr. minimum wage for all Part-Time Hourlies resulting in a 27% increase for hundreds currently at minimum wage.
  • 6% increases over life of the two-year contract for those already above $12.00/hr! (2% 7/1/17, 2% 7/1/18 and 2% 1/1/19).

Highlights of Non-Economic Gains

Article 2 – Non-Discrimination

  • New language providing protection for gender expression and identity.

Article 3 – Workplace Behavior

  • New language greatly increasing our ability to grieve inappropriate workplace behavior/bullying issues.

Article 4 – Hiring and Appointments

  • Clarified application process for internal promotion and transfer candidates.
  • Added an entirely new employee designation type of Non-Permanent. Many part-time hourlies could be moved to Non-Perms and able to work 40 hours a week for up to 18 months at a time with medical insurance, paid sick & vacation leave, and much more.

Article 5 – Part-Time Hourly Appointments

  • In addition to the significant compensation increases described above we also added new employee orientation language for Part-Time Hourlies giving the Union 15 minutes to talk to every new Part-Time Hourly employee about the union and the contract.

Article 6 – Performance Evaluations

  • Added language that performance problems will be brought to the attention of the employee to give them an opportunity to address the issue before it’s mentioned in an evaluation.

Article 9 – Training and Employee Development

  • Increased contract training time for all Shop Stewards from (4) hours to eight (8) hours.
  • Added language that employees can request schedule changes to attend college courses.

Article 11 – Vacation Leave

  • Increased vacation leave accruals throughout duration of employment.
  • Subject to legislation – use of leave in first 6 months of employment.

Article 12 – Sick Leave

  • Expanded the ability to use sick leave for bereavement purposes to “ex-spouse or employee’s ex-mother/father-in-law when the employee has a related minor child.
  • Added additional protections and time frames for employees under medical verification.

Article 13 – Shared Leave

  • Expanded ability to take shared leave for parental bonding and pregnancy disability – subject to legislation.

Article 15 – FMLA

  • Subject to legislation – new family/parental leave provisions.

Article 24 – Commute Trip Reduction and Parking

  • Added language clarifying equal parking costs at individual college locations.

Article 33– Employee Files

  • Increased the employee notice period to ten (10) business days when their information may be subject to a public disclosure request.

Article 35– Layoff and Recall

  • Strengthened layoff notice requirements.

Article 37 – Mandatory Subjects

  • Strengthened mandatory subject notice requirements.
  • Added language requiring the Employer provide all the details we need for bargaining in their notices.
  • Added language clarifying that the Employer is required to notify the Union and bargain over any college policy change that may have an impact on employees.

Article 42 – Classification

  • Added language clarifying that the basis of position allocations or reallocations will be based on assigned duties.

Article 49 – Contracting

  • Strengthened contracting out notice requirements.
  • Added language requiring the Employer provide all the details we need for bargaining in their contracting notices.

Memoranda of Understandings

  • New MOU providing resources to assist employees with student debt.
  • New MOU immediately establishing workgroup to continue research and make recommendations on addressing regional pay issues statewide, particularly in King County.

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ARTICLES

FULL TA PDF (updated 9/16/16)

9/28/16 Appendix X is missing page 2 of 2 – adding today

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