90% support for possible strike at Evergreen



After the 90% vote to support job actions up to possible strike at TESC. From left: Debbie Brookman, chief negotiator; Justin Reuter, bargaining team; Reaz Mahmood, bargaining team; Courtney Bailey, bargaining team; and Rod Palmquist, WFSE/AFSCME higher ed strategic coordinator.

After the 90% vote to support job actions up to possible strike at TESC. From left: Debbie Brookman, chief negotiator; Justin Reuter, bargaining team; Reaz Mahmood, bargaining team; Courtney Bailey, bargaining team; and Rod Palmquist, WFSE/AFSCME higher ed strategic coordinator.

State employee counselors, advisors, resident directors and others at The Evergreen State College in Olympia voted Wednesday night by a 90 percent margin to authorize job actions up to and including strike action.

This comes after the unit of 55 Student Support Services Staff still has no agreement on due process for disciplinary actions (just cause) and compensation. Bargaining on their first contract started 16 months ago.

The vote to authorize a possible strike was 45-5 or 90 percent. That met the two-thirds majority required by the Washington Federation of State Employees for any strike vote.

There’s no date for any possible strike. The union and the TESC administration have a scheduled bargaining session May 21.

The TESC Student Support Services Staff are non-management exempt staff who won collective bargaining rights under 2007 legislation.

Wednesday's Vote Day rally at TESC.

Wednesday’s Vote Day rally at TESC.

This is the first strike vote taken by the Federation at any level since the successful statewide “rolling” strike of 2001. Federation local unions have already pledged more than $20,000 to support any strike action at TESC.

 

Balloting on whether to take job actions up to and including strike actions in support of a fair contract.

Balloting Wednesday on whether to take job actions up to and including strike actions in support of a fair contract.

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