UW Bargaining update

UWBT-2014-4The University of Washington Bargaining Team met yesterday (June 16). They want to assure members that the team has not yet made any proposals regarding wages OR changes to pay tables YET. Those will come as part of the economic package.

At the latest bargaining session, UW management essentially proposed nothing but takeaways.

• As to some issues regarding vacations and time off for appointments, this seems to be an enforcement issue. The team advises UW members: “In particular, if you are being told you must take a full day for an appointment, comply then grieve.”

• On Article 21.1 on Evaluations, management is proposing to eliminate the language that says a supervisor’s failure to complete an annual evaluation will be construed to mean the employee has performed satisfactorily. Or put another way, management is seeking to remove language defining the evaluation form AND ending the idea that no evaluation equals a decent worker.

• On Article 26 – Health and Safety, the management proposal seems to weaken the union’s ability to use L&I inspections.

• On Article 40 – Overtime, UW management proposed changes would mean that if workers covered by our contract used sick leave or vacation during the week, it would NOT count to figuring overtime.

• Management also proposed eliminating Article 56 – Mandatory Subjects.

• They also had an in-depth meeting the UW director of Transportation Services to hear more information about the potential bus service cuts and what the university would be doing to address the concerns. Our members are big users of transit and want to be as informed and prepared as possible.

(Thanks to UW Bargaining Team Communications Officer Joe Davenport for this update.)


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