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November 1 2007


  1. November Meeting Schedule
  2. Wastewater Contract Status Update
  3. TEA and Teamsters work to improve pay for Admins
  4. Transit Contract Status Update

1. November Meeting Schedule

   November  7 - Board Meeting, 12-1, KSC 4G
   November 14 - Board Meeting, 12-1, KSC 4G
   November 21 - Monthly Meeting, 12-1, KSC 5 B/C
   November 27 - Grievance Committee

2. Wastewater Contract Status Update

On October 22nd, the King County Council unanimously passed Ordinance 2007-0523 which approves and adopts the Wastewater Staff Contract. All TEA members covered by the Wastewater Staff contract should see new payrates on their November 15th paychecks and the retro checks should be processed by the end of the year.
The WW Supervisor's contract bargaining team is working to schedule additional negotiation sessions with the King County negotiator to address concerns raised by the supervisors on their contract proposal.

3. TEA and Teamsters work together to improve pay for Admins

TEA and the Teamsters are working cooperatively to improve the pay rates for members in the Administrative Specialist classification. This effort began in September when TEA President Roger Browne testified before the King County General Government and Labor Relations (GGLR) Committee. In that testimony, Roger stated: "These employees are at the bottom of our pay structure, but are critical to the success of the work we do. The salary review they are owed every three years has never been accomplished."
Roger's testimony was reinforced by Spencer Thal, Chief Councel for the Teamsters. Mr. Thal agreed that a salary review for Admin Specs is long overdue and offered to work together with TEA and King County to update salary comps. The data acquired will be shared between the two unions.

4. Transit Contract Status Update

The Transit Supervisor's contract is scheduled to be presented to the King County Council on November 5th. The contract was approved by the Transit Supervisors on August 16th.
Preparations for arbitration are underway on the Transit Staff contract. TEA met with King County reps on October 12th - Personnel Guideline issues were resolved for both the Staff and Supervisor contracts; clarifications were made to TEA's "protected position" contract proposal; King County has retained an attorney (Otto Klein) to represent them during arbitration. The two sides struck names from a list of arbitrators and selected Michael Beck. The parties are working with Mr. Beck to schedule the arbitration hearing.

TEA Board

Roger Browne, President
Ade Franklin, Vice President
Ken Madden, Secretary
Terry Browne, Treasurer
Eric Davison, Wastewater Bargaining Chair
Jerry Williams, Transit Bargaining Chair
John Phillips, Council of Reps. Chair