Negotiations of the 2015-17 Tentative Agreement (TA) for the WFSE/AFSCME University of Washington (UW) bargaining unit concluded on September 26, 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 524-144.***

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.

  • Voting is online. Voting instructions provide step-by-step instructions and include a unique login 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 set up in the following locations:


Major goals achieved in tough economic times include:

  • 3% increase in 2015
  • 2% in 2016
  • Guaranteed increases for those making less than $12 per hour
  • Additional increases for six classifications
  • FMLA problem solved!


Article 6- Joint Union/Management Committees

  • Participants will experience no loss in pay for attending premeetings

Article 10- Employee Rights

  • Greater protection for securing representation
  • Travel time included for union sponsored event

Article 22- Personnel Files

  • Removal of all Corrective Action based on retention schedule

Article 23- Corrective Action

  • Increased protections prior to an issuance of formal counseling
  • Once a corrective action has been removed from an employee’s file the information will bot be used in subsequent corrective actions

Article 27 – Holidays

  • Language added to reflect up to two days per year of unpaid holiday leave shall be granted for reasons of faith and conscience.   Unpaid holiday leave will not impact seniority, trial service or probationary periods.  Members will also be given the opportunity to use accrued leave for the holiday.

Article 31- Family Medical Leave Act and Parental Leave

  • Employees who receive time loss may elect to receive time loss exclusively without being required to take accrued paid leave.

Article 35 – Miscellaneous Paid Leave

  • Added protection for domestic violence victims
  • Increased flexibility for bereavement leave

Article 36- Military Leave

  • Added protections for employees with family in the military

Article 53- Commute Trip Reduction and Parking

  • Departmental consideration for flexible work schedule requests based on operational needs.

Article 41 and 60 – Compensation

  • 3% across the board increase effective 7/1/15
  • 2% across the board increase effective 7/1/16
  • Guaranteed increases for those making less than $12 per hour.
  • Additional increases for six classifications





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