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December 16, 2003

December Meeting Schedule

December 18 WTD Contract Negotiations, 9-12pm
December 18 TEA Business Meeting (King St. Center, 5F), 12-1pm
December 22 WTD Contract Negotiating Team, 12-1pm
December 23 TEA Business Meeting (King St. Center, 5F), 12-1pm
December 25 HOLIDAY

December Regular Monthly Meeting - Cancelled

The Monthly Meeting scheduled for December 17th from 12-1pm at the Elliott Bay Café has been cancelled. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

WTD Contract Negotiations

TEA, WTD Management and the King County's negotiator met for a contract negotiation session on December 15th. Compensation remains the largest of the unsettled issues, although several wage-related issues are also unresolved. TEA continues to make compelling arguments that our wage proposal is justified by current salary surveys; necessary to maintain a high-performance workforce; to attract and retain high skilled employees; to improve morale and satisfy the Balanced Scorecard.

WTD Management continues to keep their heads low; they are failing to support their employees at this critical point in contract negotiations. WTD Management is missing this opportunity for leadership and courage. They are letting you down.

The next negotiation session is scheduled for December 18th. The next Mediation session is scheduled for January 13th.

Transit Contract Arbitration

The Transit Negotiation team meets regularly with our attorney to prepare for Arbitration.

The Arbitrator has been selected and Arbitration dates have been set: March 2-5, March 8, and April 26-30.

Donation of Sick/Vacation Leave Requested

The following TEA members are in need of donated sick leave or vacation leave. Your help would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in helping these individuals, please obtain a donation form from the Administrative Assistant for your work group.

For further information on King County leave donation policy, refer to the King County Personnel Guidelines on donating sick or vacation time - go to Microsoft Outlook, click on "Public Folders/All Public Folders"; Human Resources; Policies & Guidelines; Personnel Guidelines.

  • Joe Barnett (WTD) is out on extended medical leave.
  • Victoria Beach (TR) is having major surgery the first of December and will exhaust her leave time.
  • Jim Benedict (WTD) has had back surgery and it is unclear when he can return.
  • Alejandra Calderon (WTD) is on medical leave.