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January 17 2006
TEA Monthly Member Meeting Wed. Jan 18th
(12-1, Chinook/King Conf. Rm, 6th floor)
All members are invited to our regular monthly meetings, which traditionally occur at noon on the third Wednesday of each month. This month expect to hear updates on the Wastewater and Transit negotiations, and a discussion about the Healthy Incentives medical program and TEA members' status in regards to it. We will (as always) take questions from you, so please join us!
Update on Medical Benefits:
TEA members are getting information about the Healthy Incentives Plan, and
have questions about what their benefit plans are or will be. To clarify:
both Transit and WW TEA members currently remain on existing benefit plans
while the new benefit plan is being negotiated in all bargaining units.
You should NOT have gotten an envelope at this time asking you to begin
filling out the health survey, and you are not required to (and should not)
fill it out at this time. (An exception would be those who are married or
partnered with a non-TEA County employee, in which case you are being asked
to respond to the survey to fulfill your partner's requirements to obtain Gold status.)
Donation of Sick or Vacation Leave or Monetary Assistance Requested
The following TEA employees are in need of donated sick/vacation leave or monetary assistance. One of our benefits is the ability to donate up to 25 hours per year to ANY employee – and many of you have large sick leave balances that could really help, so please consider it, it would be greatly appreciated! If you are interested in helping these individuals, please check with your work groups' administrative staff.
Final Call for Nominees for Board Position of Vice President
With the election of Roger Browne to Wastewater Bargaining Chair, a vacancy has been created for the elected office of Vice President. The primary duties of this position are to chair the Grievance Committee and to attend Board meetings as a voting member. In addition, this person would be authorized to act in the absence of the TEA President. Please submit your nominations to the Nominating Committee members Eric Mandel, Gary Ikeda, Ken Madden, and Lee Miller ASAP. Thanks!
Reminder for Wastewater members on reclass decisions:Wastewater members recently reclassified as a consequence of the wage settlement have until January 27th to submit their appeals! Instructions were sent out previously on how to do so; if you need assistance or would like a review or advice on your appeal please first contact Roger Browne as Bargaining Chair. We are still awaiting clarification for those positions that previously were non-exempt under FLSA law but have been notified they are now exempt. Stay tuned for an update.
January, 2006 Meeting Schedule
(All meetings held at King Street Center unless noted.)
AnnouncementsClassified Ads (TEA members can post classified ads for free.
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TEA BoardEric Mandel, President Patty Overby, Secretary Keven Sandquist, Treasurer Roger Browne, Wastewater Bargaining Chair Dave Crippen, Transit Bargaining Chair John Phillips, Council of Representatives Chair