March 1, 2001 email: teaseattle  


T i m e s

March 1, 2001

Summary of Recent Events
The latest mediation session between TEA and the County OHRM was held on Monday, February 26th. Both parties agreed to the terms and conditions for the recognition of new TEA bargaining units for Transit and WTD. The agreement may be signed on Friday, March 9, 2001.

The final issue of negotiation had to do with the age of the TEA pledge cards. The County wanted to consider cards that were 90 days old or less; however, many TEA pledge cards were signed last September and October as a result of meetings with Sam Pailca, the County’s Labor Relations Manager. By the end of the February 26th meeting, the County OHRM agreed to allow all pledge cards signed from September 1, 2000 to March 9, 2001.

OHRM insisted on one condition before agreeing to this six-month signature period: allow anyone who had signed a card for TEA during the six-month period the opportunity to withdraw the pledge card if he or she so wishes. TEA agreed to this condition because TEA values the right of all County employees to choose a bargaining unit.

What it means to you
The outcome of this for you is that you may receive an email from OHRM notifying you of the status of the voluntary recognition process regarding TEA.

The OHRM email may describe an opportunity for you to withdraw your signature card if you choose to do so.

At the same time, anyone who has not yet signed a TEA pledge card can still do so before March 9th. It will then be submitted to the County along with all other cards.

What you can do
If you have not yet signed a TEA pledge card, but wish to do so, a card can be obtained from Ken Madden, Ade Franklin or Severne Johnson. Please return all signed pledge cards to Ade Franklin or Severne Johnson by March 9th.

Thank you for supporting TEA, the Technical Employees Association.