February 16, 2011

IT consolidation bill restores bargaining rights

In a major victory for Federation information technology members, the House bill consolidating IT functions was amended Wednesday to grandfather in all bargaining units and contract rights for affected employees.

The amendment by Rep. John McCoy of the 38th District cleared the House Technology, Energy and Communications Committee. McCoy chairs the committee.

The full bill with the amendment, SHB 1841, then passed the committee on a vote of 14-5.

The original bill proposed by the governor would have created the new Consolidated Technology Agency with a new collective bargaining system that stripped away all current bargaining rights and contract protections, including seniority and contracting out.

Thanks go to Rep. McCoy and to our IT members who worked so hard to get the change.

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