August 31, 2011

Bargaining Update for The Evergreen State College

The Evergreen State College bargaining team, representing classified employees and supervisors, completed negotiations late yesterday (Aug. 29) for their 2012-2013 contract.

For the period July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, the terms and conditions of the 2009 - 2011 contract will remain in place.

The team was able to secure improvements in working conditions, suspended operations leave, hours of work, grievance procedure, and other areas. A complete summary will be available in the next few days.

The temporary 3 percent salary reduction is included in the 2012 - 2013 contract. Employees subject to temporary salary reduction (TSR) will accrue up to 5.2 hours of paid TSR leave per month.

Members of the TESC classified bargaining units will receive a copy of the summary of changes and the ratification plan in the mail in the next two weeks. Complete copies of the tentative agreement will be available on the WFSE web page within the next week. On-campus informational meetings will be scheduled and announced within the next week.

The vote will be held by mail-in ballot.

If you are a member of the TESC bargaining units and do not receive a packet by Tuesday, September 13, 2011, contact WFSE HQ at 800-562-6002 or email us at

TESC is the final team to reach tentative agreement in what has turned out to be a marathon cycle of negotiations brought on by the bad economy.

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