Negotiations of the 2015-17 Tentative Agreement (TA) for the WFSE/AFSCME Western Washington University bargaining unit concluded on September 16, 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.

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! You’ll receive two items in the mail. First watch for a tri-fold mailer with detailed voting instructions.  Also watch for a large envelope ratification kit that includes the tentative agreement summary, a letter from the bargaining team and again, 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 schedule at the Communications Facility Public Area:
    • MON Sep 22 from 1-5pm
    • TUE Sep 23 from 8-11am AND 2:30-5pm


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 Western Washington University (WWU) on September 16, 2014. It does not cover every article or every provision. See the Tentative Agreement below for the full text.

Major goals achieved in tough economic times include:

  • 3% increase in 2015; 1% in 2016  (see Art.43)
  • signing payment of $250 on 7/25/15  (see Art.43)
  • Wage re-opener clause should the 2015 Legislature not fully fund the salary increases (see Art. 43).
    • If General Government receives compensation at a higher level than agreed to by WWU and the union, WFSE represented employees will receive the same; this includes implementation of the salary survey results.
  • Commitment to continue to pay a $15 minimum [step in range closest to $15 an hour] (see Art.43)
  • Shift Premium increased from $.65 per hour to $1.00 per hour. (see Art.43)


Article 43 – Compensation

  • 3% across the board increase effective 7/1/15
  • 1% across the board increase effective 7/1/16
  • A $250.00 signing payment to be paid on 7/25/15
  • Continuation of commitment to pay a $15 minimum [step in range closest to $15 an hour] for non-probationary employees.
  • A guaranteed “me-too” to ensure WWU receives no less in compensation than the General Government table and PSE bargaining tables; this includes implementation of the salary survey results.
  • A wage re-opener should the 2015 legislature not fully fund the wage increases.
  • Shift Premium increased from $.65 per hour to $1.00 per hour.


Article 3 Workplace Behavior

  • Protects against retaliation against employees who file a workplace behavior complaint.

Article 4 Hiring and Appointments

  • In the event an internal candidate be determined by the University to not qualify for a position, the University will be required to provide a written explanation upon request as to why.
  • Should a qualified internal applicant not be hired for a position they will be provided an explanation from the University upon request.

Article 15 Family and Medical Leave

  • Allows for use of FMLA for parental bonding, leave maybe taken in combination with accrued vacation, sick leave and/or personal leave day.

Article 17 Suspended Operations

  • Use of up to 3 days of sick leave usage in the event of a Suspended Operations.

Article 18 Miscellaneous Paid Leave

  • One paid Community Service day per year is made a permanent part of the contract, taken out of pilot status and can be taken in half day increments.
  • Life Giving Procedures is changed from 2 hours per incident to 3 days of paid leave over the two years.

Article 19 Leave Without Pay

  • Language added to reflect up to two days per year of leave shall be granted for reasons of faith and conscience.

Article 20 Safety and Health

  • Improved language making clear employee who believe a work assignment creates an immediate threat of death or injury will not be required to perform the assignment until the matter is reviewed for safety.

Article 30 Grievance Procedure

  • Improved the grievance procedure by removing the previous contract language which required grievant to waive the right to arbitration if they had claims also filed with the Human Rights Commission or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Article 42 Classification

  • Improves the Classification article by specifying that the University will assign duties in accordance with an employee’s assign classification.
  • Position Reviews will now require the University provide the employee with a written notice of the University’s decision with appeal rights.

Article 48 Strikes

  • Language in the strike article is improved by addressing the protection of workers who refuse to cross picket lines for their personal safety.





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