April 27, 2010

Bargaining Updates

One team has started face-to-face bargaining with management, while all others are in various stages of preparations.
  • CWU, EWU, TESC, WWU: It’s now official. The former four-year members of the higher ed coalition will now bargain separately: Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College and Western Washington University. Watch for dates when they’re set.
  • Washington State University. The WSU Bargaining Team began bargaining April 14 in Pullman and heads back to the table Thursday, April 29. The first session was taken up with an agreement on ground rules and other logistical issues. WSU said it was “not adverse to saving money for both sides.” Both sides set a goal of completing bargaining by Sept. 1. The WSU team also has bargaining dates set for May 11, 12, 19, 25 and 26, and June 3, 4, 7, 8, 14 and 15.
  • General Government. The General Government Bargaining Team met April 20 to review supplemental proposals submitted by members. Elections for supplemental teams wrap up April 30. The team has one more pre-bargaining meeting May 11, followed by the start of face-to-face negotiations May 19 and 20 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey.
  • University of Washington. The UW Bargaining Team met for the first time April 21 to map strategy and go over bargaining proposals.
  • Community College Coalition. The CCC Bargaining Team of 12 Community Colleges meets for two days of pre-bargaining preparation May 3 and 4. 
  • Health Care Coalition. The Federation-led coalition of all unions is preparing for the as-yet-unscheduled start of negotiations on the health care funding article that goes in all contracts. Watch for details—this is the article that determines your share of premium costs.

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