March 19, 2010

Renton Technical College wraps contract negotiations

The Renton Technical College Bargaining Team, which negotiates under a different law than all other Federation members, wrapped negotiations March 17 on a new, three-year contract. It’s retroactive to July 1, 2009. An onsite ratification vote is set for Tuesday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, in Room H-102 on the RTC campus. 

A summary is being sent to RTC members. The full tentative agreement is online at -- click on “Bargaining Center.” Copies will also be available at two contract information sessions: 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, Room M-114; and 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, March 25, Room H-102.

The RTC tentative agreement comes with no take-aways and new language on personal convenience leave, college closure, union-management, new employee orientation, layoff and recall, reclassification, discipline, safety, performance evaluations, training and in-service training. Seniority definitions and rights were retained. And the contract document has been restructured to make it easier to use. 

Now, we have to stress that RTC bargains under a different law, so their cycle of negotiations is different from all other Federation members. The teams representing other Federation members, which bargains under the newer, 2002 Personnel System Reform Act, have been meeting to prepare for the start of their negotiations on the 2011-2013 collective bargaining agreements.

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