Structure, Proposals, Team Elections



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Updated CONTRACT PROPOSAL FORM
Open this link to use the fillable-form features to type in your proposal information. If the fillable-form features do not work in your browser, download the file and open in Acrobat Reader.

More information about submitting contract proposals is located here.

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COLLECTIVE BARGAINING STRUCTURE

FOR 2015-2017 NEGOTIATIONS

General Government and Institutions of Higher Education

The Washington Federation of State Employees Executive Board has established the following structure for bargaining and ratification of master agreements with the State of Washington and the Institutions of Higher Education. The Executive Board has the specific power to call a strike, following a strike authorization vote, and to order a return to work from a strike.

BARGAINING TEAMS

Only WFSE members in good standing in the appropriate bargaining units will be eligible to nominate and/or vote in the election of any bargaining team member. Members must be current state employees and members in good standing in the appropriate bargaining unit of WFSE to serve on any bargaining team.

Responsibilities of the bargaining team: The bargaining teams will develop the initial bargaining proposal to be presented to the employer, and then negotiate with the State of Washington or the respective Institution of Higher Education. The bargaining teams approve final contract language for membership ratification or recommend rejection of the tentative agreement or final employer offer. The bargaining teams at the table have the power to alter, modify, change, or concede on all issues to obtain the best possible language, and reach a tentative agreement, or declare that the team has reached an impasse. The bargaining teams have the power to refer specific issues to supplemental committees.

Responsibilities of the bargaining team members: Bargaining team members are to be accountable, be committed to the process, be open-minded and realistic, be available, and to identify experts or specialists in specific agency issues, contracting, classifications, and other subject matters. The bargaining team members will be responsible for direct communications with members in worksites regarding the progress of negotiations. Bargaining team members will be responsible for communicating with assigned groups of employees. Bargaining team members will work with Council field staff in scheduling meetings and will be accountable for content, update, and mobilization, as determined by the bargaining team. Bargaining team members are expected to spend additional time educating the membership when they are not at the bargaining table. Bargaining team members must abide by all the rules of conduct established by their respective teams. Being a bargaining team member means spending a lot of time over many months (sometimes late into the evening) negotiating, researching, and communicating.

Careful and serious consideration should be given to these responsibilities before any member considers serving on the bargaining team.

Voting on the bargaining teams will be one (1) vote for each bargaining team member present.

The four (4) Council officers will be automatic members of their respective bargaining team, with a voice and a vote. The Council officers may attend bargaining sessions of any other bargaining team, as the Council President deems necessary.

The Council President may remove any bargaining team member who, after careful investigation, is determined to have violated the bargaining team’s rules of conduct, the responsibilities of bargaining team members as described in this document or the AFSCME International Constitution (see Article X, Section 2), or who has acted inappropriately as a bargaining team member. Any bargaining team member removed from a bargaining team may appeal the decision of the Council President to the Council Executive Committee plus one bargaining team member chosen by the appellant’s bargaining team.

ELECTION OF BARGAINING TEAM MEMBERS

Higher Education:

WFSE members in good standing in all WFSE bargaining units in each Institution of Higher Education bargaining in a coalition will elect bargaining team members to the coalition bargaining team(s) based on the number of bargaining unit employees in each institution as follows:

  • 1 – 200 Bargaining Unit Employees = 1 Team Member
  • 201 – 400 Bargaining Unit Employees = 2 Team Members
  • Over 400 Bargaining Unit Employees = 3 Team Members

Each Higher Education Institution should have at least one representative at the table. The coalition bargaining team will, in addition, have one at-large representative who is a part-time/hourly employee.

WFSE members in good standing in all WFSE bargaining units in each of the other Institutions of Higher Education, except the University of Washington, Renton Technical College and the TESC Exempts and the TCC Exempts bargaining units will elect up to nine (9) bargaining team members to their institution-wide bargaining team. One of those nine positions will be reserved for a part-time/hourly employee.

The number and geographic representation of bargaining team members will be elected by WFSE members in good standing in bargaining units at the University of Washington in accordance with Article IX, Sections 2 and 3 of the Local 1488 constitution.

WFSE members in good standing in the Renton Technical College and the TESC Exempts bargaining unit may elect up to 5 bargaining team members. Election of bargaining teams from Renton Technical College and the TESC Exempts bargaining unit will occur at the appropriate time in their respective negotiating cycles. WFSE members in good standing in the TCC Exempts bargaining unit may elect up to three bargaining team members. Election of bargaining team members from the TCC Exempts bargaining unit will occur at the appropriate time in their negotiating cycle.

The Council President may appoint bargaining team members to any Higher Education bargaining team from any bargaining unit within that Higher Education Institution not represented on the elected team or to fill vacant seats.

General Government:

The bargaining team will consist of Council officers who work in General Government and members elected from within a bargaining unit under the jurisdiction of each General Government policy committee based on the following ratio:

  • 1 – 1,999 Bargaining Unit Employees Represented by Policy Committee = 1 Team Member
  • 2000 – 3,999 Bargaining Unit Employees Represented by Policy Committee = 2 Team Members
  • 4000 – 5,999 Bargaining Unit Employees Represented by Policy Committee = 3 Team Members
  • 6000 or more Bargaining Unit Employees Represented by Policy Committee = 4 Team Members

Team members will be nominated and elected by the WFSE members who are employed by the State and in a bargaining unit within the jurisdiction of their Policy Committee. Ties will be decided by run-off. Election of the team members will be completed no later than July 15, 2013. The Council President may appoint additional members to the team as needed.

Should a member of the bargaining team need to be replaced, the position will be filled by the next runner-up from the original election. If there is no runner-up, the Council President will appoint the replacement.

The Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC) will review and approve all election processes for all bargaining teams.

HEALTH CARE COALITION

The Council President or designee will serve on the Health Care Coalition bargaining team. In addition, each of the Higher Education bargaining teams will select one (1) member, and the General Government team will select three (3) members. If there is no member willing to serve from one (1) or more of the Higher Education bargaining teams, the Council President may appoint a member from the associated Higher Education bargaining team institution(s).

PROPOSALS

Contract proposals may be submitted by: locals, the WFSE Executive Board, the WFSE Policy Committees and the WFSE Executive Director. Proposals must be adopted by a majority vote of the body submitting them. Council 28 bargaining teams and staff will use surveys of the bargaining unit employees as needed during bargaining.

  • Submit proposals using this fillable-form pdf: WFSE Contract Proposal Form.
    Open this link to use the fillable-form features to type in your proposal information. If the fillable-form features do not work in your browser, download the file and open in Acrobat Reader.

Contract proposals must be submitted to the WFSE Headquarters office by 5:00 p.m. October 7, 2013.

Proposals must be adopted by a majority vote of the body submitting them. Council 28 bargaining teams and staff will use surveys of the bargaining unit employees as needed during bargaining.

Contract proposals must be submitted to the WFSE Headquarters office by 5:00 p.m. October 7, 2013.

Proposals must include:

  • the contract article and section to be changed, or an indication that it is a new concept;
  • the documentation to support the proposal;
  • a description of the problem the proposal is meant to address; and
  • the contract proposal; and
  • the signature (and names) of President and Secretary of the subordinate body (local or policy committee) submitting the proposal.

Each contract proposal form will be assigned a tracking number so that it can be followed through the negotiating process. Contract proposal forms must be filled out completely.

WFSE staff will assess contract proposals for legality and consolidate duplicate proposals. The resulting proposals will then be passed on to the appropriate bargaining team(s) for debate, possible revision, and a vote to support or reject.

COMMUNICATION WITH MEMBERS

Informing and involving bargaining unit employees during the bargaining process will be key to winning support for a strong contract and ratification of a final agreement.

A communication strategy will be developed involving frequent dissemination of information from each bargaining team to a wide net of activists including stewards, MAT leaders, local officers and board members, Council executive board members and committee members. The email network, website and hotline will be available to provide immediate communication. When necessary, staff may distribute a press release to the mainstream media.

Council 28 Field Offices and Headquarters will be hubs for distribution of information materials and tools for job actions.

At the conclusion of negotiations, contract negotiations staff will communicate the disposition of all proposals to the member submitting the proposal upon their request.

At the conclusion of bargaining, a debriefing will occur with bargaining team members and at the supplemental team levels to discuss the process. A copy of this document will be made available prior to the debriefing for members to propose amendments to be submitted to the CBC for consideration.

SUPPLEMENTAL BARGAINING

When management agrees to supplemental bargaining, the General Government and Higher Education Coalition bargaining teams will establish rules. Supplemental team members will be appointed by the Council 28 President and will include team members from the main tables as appropriate.

Adopted by Council 28 Collective Bargaining Committee 3/13/13
Adopted by Council 28 Executive Board 4/6/13


 

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