Negotiations of the 2015-17 Tentative Agreement (TA) for The Evergreen State College (TESC) Classified Staff bargaining unit concluded on September 16, 2014.

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

***UPDATE 9/30/14: Members approve tentative agreement 52-4.***

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, a letter from the bargaining team and detailed voting instructions.

  • Voting is online. Voting instructions provide step-by-step instructions and include a unique username and password for each dues-paying member. Not sure if you’re a member in good standing? Call us at 800-562-6002 to inquire or to update your mailing address.
  • Contact us if you have difficulty using the system to cast your vote.
  • Voting Assistance Centers provide you a time and place to ask questions about the agreement and an opportunity to place your vote. Voting Assistance Centers have been scheduled in the following locations:
    • THU Sep 25 from 11am-1pm at TESC Staff Faculty Lounge (CAB)
    • THU Sep 25 from 3-5pm at TESC LIB 1005


Major goals achieved in tough economic times include:

  • 3% increase in 2015; 1% in 2016 (see Art. 43)
  • A guaranteed “me-too” with General Government and a wage re-opener clause (see MOU and Art. 43)
  • Step M becomes a permanent step to which employees covered by the contract would move one year after Step L (see Art. 43)
  • Preserved both personal leave days and removed sunset language (see Art. 18)
  • Callback pay eligibility for law enforcement employees (see Art. 43)
  • 5%  additional compensation for Campus Police Officers assigned FTO/PTO duties (see Art. 43)
  • Increased vacation leave accrual rates for employees with 20 through 24 years and 25 years and beyond (See Art. 11)
  • Paid time off in addition to 1 1/2 times penalty pay for employees required to work the during first day of suspended operations (See Art. 17)


Article 10  Holidays

  • Added Faith & Conscience Leave protections
  • Improved language expands eligibility for holiday pay.  Under improved language, employees are eligible for holiday pay if they are in pay status on the workday preceding the holiday.  Under current language, employees must be in pay status for the entire work shift preceding the holiday to be eligible for holiday pay

Article 11  Vacation Leave

  • Increased leave accruals for employees with 20 through 24 years of total state employment from 14 hours, 40 minutes per month to 15 hours per month
  • Increased leave accruals for employees with 25 or more years of total state employment from 14 hours, 40 minutes to 15 hours, 20 minutes per month

Article 17  Suspended Operations

  • Hour- for- hour paid leave in addition to penalty pay of 1 1/2 times for employees required to work during first day of suspended operations

Article 18  Miscellaneous Paid Leave

  • Personal leave days retained, sunset language removed

Article 43  Compensation

  • 3% across the board increase effective 7/1/15
  • 1% across the board increase effective 7/1/16
  • A guaranteed “me-too” to ensure equity with the General Government table
  • A wage re-opener if the Employer realizes an enrollment recovery that results in an overall significant improvement in its financial status
  • Callback for law enforcement employees

Article 44  Health Insurance

  • Incorporates the agreement reached by the health care coalition under the provisions of RCW 41.80.020


Article 3  Workplace Behavior

  • New language requiring Human Resources to notify employees and/or the employees’ union-designated representative, in writing, when they begin investigating a complaint filed under this article

Article 5  Temporary Appointments

  • New employee orientation time with represented individuals

Article 9  Training and Employee Development

  • Expanded new employee orientation time so that the union will have up to 30 minutes to meet with new employees being oriented either formally or informally

Article 12  Sick Leave

  • New language requiring that if the employer places an employee on medical verification, they provide a written explanation of why

Article 30  Grievance Procedure

  • New language allowing for shop steward mentoring

Article 40  Union Activities

  • New language establishing full paid release time for up to 8 bargaining team members for up to 10 days



Tentative Agreement PDF


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