June 9, 2010

Community College Bargaining Team Update 6/4/10

Negotiations begin.

The Community College Coalition bargaining team met on June 1 in Olympia to review and make final changes to initial contract proposals before opening negotiations with management on June 2 and 3.

On day-1 of negotiations the team presented our initial rounds of proposals.  Fewer changes are being proposed than in previous rounds of bargaining.  Our new language focuses on issues we received from member proposals, from team discussions on these proposals, and members' experiences to date in the administration of the 2009-2011 contract, specifically anti-bullying and mobbing language.

 On day-2, the team answered questions from management about our proposals.  The team provided examples in support of proposed new language and wrapped up negotiations in the morning.  The afternoon provided time to work on additional language in Article 35, Layoff and Recall - which sparked lots of debate. 

Tim Welch, WFSE Director of Public Affiairs met with the team to finalize the member survey on contract priorities.  
  • Our Bargaining Priorities Survey was mailed to members on June 4th. Members are encouraged to take the survey online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wfse-ccc if at all possible.  Otherwise, please return the hard copy in the provided postage-paid envelope by the June 21 deadline.

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