UW special pay case settled; also, call center case

uw special pay.120712UW “special pay” case settled with pay raises, backpay coming soon

The Federation, because of its legal efforts and member actions, has won a settlement of the long case involving special pay provisions that the union negotiated in 2008 that the University of Washington halted a few months later.

This covered the dispute over remaining payments the UW hadn’t previously been ordered to pay.

Under the settlement, the UW agrees:

• to implement the increased pay for the trades positions and the shift differential at issue in the case, retroactive to July 1, 2013;

• to continue to pay those rates unless and until different rates are agreed to in negotiations;

• to prospectively implement the pay to be effective July 1, 2014;

• to pay the backpay covering July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 “as soon as reasonably possible, and no later than Sept. 25, 2014, thereafter 12 percent per annum interest shall apply and be added to the payment.”

The settlement was signed June 27. This settles the Federation lawsuit and a previous Public Employment Relations Commission decision.

Another settlement covered some Harborview call center employees who were moved from one location to another in a long dispute. The UW will pay the Federation $25,000 to distribute to affected employees. This settles cases in PERC. The Federation will also move to dismiss its appeal in the state Court of Appeals.


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