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October 11 2005
October/November Meeting Schedule (a busy time!!)
TEA Monthly Member Meeting Agenda (Wed., October 19)
Advance notice of possible request for action by members
All our union members should be aware that the Wastewater Bargaining Team is considering asking them to prepare a letter to Ron Sims urging a prompt and fair conclusion to wage negotiations with the Wastewater bargaining units.
A decision on whether to take this action will occur in the next week and will depend on any substantial changes in the offer from the County in bargaining.
If we do ask you to take this extraordinary step, a bulleted list of points will be sent you, and you will be asked to email Executive Sims from your own home computer on your own time.
Executive Sims has made certain assurances to TEA recently and we need to see if they are reflected in a change in the bargaining position of the County negotiators. Stay tuned! Ask the WW Bargaining Committee members if you want more info.
Vote on Proposed Bylaw Amendments - Changing Number of TEA Executive Board Officers and Revising Duties
Note: This vote will take place at the October 19th monthly meeting; proxy vote forms (for those wanting to vote but who cannot attend) may be downloaded from the TEA website main page at www.teaseattle.org.
Based on proposals from members, the Board is recommending amending the Bylaws to create some new positions to share workload and more accurately reflect the reality of separate negotiations between the two Divisions. Instead of the current five Board positions, it is proposed there be seven positions.
Essentially, the current 2nd Vice President office would be abolished and replaced by two new officers that would be Chair of each Bargaining Committee, one each for WW and Transit. In addition, the current Council of Representatives position would be "elevated" to an actual Board position.
Because the change impacts many parts of the bylaws (since they reference current Board offices), rather than posting them here in the TEA Times, the full version of both the current bylaws and the proposed amended versions are on our TEA website.
The most substantive changes can be found in
To See a Complete Version of the Bylaws with proposed Revisions, go to TEA Web site.
New Officer Nominations now close November 1st
Nominations for Board positions close Tuesday, November 1. This reflects the member decision at last month's meeting to postpone the annual meeting (and elections) until the result of the amendment vote is known this month. Please get your nominations to the Nominating Committee (Gary Ikeda, Ken Madden, Lee Miller and Robin Robinson) or any TEA Board officer.
Assuming the proposed Bylaw Amendments pass (see above), the positions to be filled and voted on at the November 16 Annual meeting are:
Each of these positions is for a two-year term of office. We encourage all our members to consider running for these positions - it is the most direct way to have an impact on the direction and operation of our organization! We welcome new energy and ideas - please consider running!
Notice of Open Enrollment for 2006 Benefits
County employees recently received notification that personalized open enrollment packets for 2006 benefits are being mailed to employees' homes and that the deadline for making changes is Friday, Oct. 28.
Please note that you ARE expected to return this form, as it reflects current benefit offerings to TEA members. TEA employees will continue to be covered under the existing benefits until a new contract is negotiated.