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March 14, 2002
Merit Increase Update ($)
In December 2001, King County decided to withhold merit pay and COLA for all TEA members until the TEA contract was signed. In reaction to this, TEA filed a complaint in Superior Court, objecting to the County's withholding of the merit pay. Shortly after that time, the County and TEA started to negotiate a resolution to this issue.
On March 4th, TEA and the Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) signed an agreement which would allow TEA members in WTD to receive their merit pay retroactive to January 1st. To reach this agreement, TEA approved modifications to the Division reorganization in Wastewater that was implemented in January.
Then on March 7th, TEA and the Transit Division reached an agreement in principle to have TEA members in Transit receive their merit pay as well. We will let you know as soon as this agreement is signed.
Reinstatement of merit pay will apply to both step raises for people who are not at the top step of their pay range, and to outstanding merit pay for people who are at the top step. Pay adjustments should appear on paychecks in April. Retroactive pay may take longer since it is generated by a separate payroll function.
Keep in mind that the COLA must be negotiated within the contract and will not be received until the contract is approved.
March Meeting Schedule Update
Mar. 18 TEA Bargaining Team , 12-1pm Mar. 19 TEA Bargaining Team (Compensation Subcommittee), 12-1pm Mar. 20 Monthly Meeting - Elliott Bay Cafe Meeting Room, 12-1pm Mar. 21 TEA-Transit / KC Contract Bargaining Session, 9:30-4:00pm Mar. 22 TEA-Transit / KC Contract Bargaining Session, 9:30-4:00pm Mar. 25 TEA Bargaining Team, 12-1pm Mar. 26 Meeting of TEA Work-Group Representatives, 12-1pm Mar. 27 TEA Bargaining Team (Compensation Subcommittee), 12-1pm Mar. 28 TEA-Transit / KC Contract Bargaining Session, 9:30-4:00pm Mar. 28 TEA-WTD / KC Contract Bargaining Session, 9:30-4:00pm
All TEA members are encouraged to attend the Monthly Meeting on 3/20
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