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November 14 2007


  1. November Meeting Schedule — Monthly Meeting changed due to Holiday week
  2. Changes to Contract for TEA Members
  3. Wastewater Contract Update
  4. Transit Contract Update
  5. Notices
  6. Classified Ads

1.   November Meeting Schedule

November 14 — Board Meeting, 12-1, KSC 4G
November 27 — Grievance Committee
November 28 — Revised - Monthly Meeting, 12-1, KSC 5 B/C

2.   Holiday Time Code Changes for TEA Members

Changes to TEA's contracts are now active for TEA members. Exempt staff should now treat Holidays as a "day" (i.e. do not add vacation to stretch 8 hours of holiday to your regularly scheduled day length if you are on an alternate schedule). Record the whole day as holiday pay ( HP code 250) based on your scheduled work hours. You should still get a 40 hour week worth of work to accomplish regardless of your time "in the office". In other words, this means that you get a salary rather than hourly pay. Even if you work the Holiday, you still only get your salary (as opposed to overtime for non-exempt employees). Exempt part-time employees, you will also get a "salary" equal to your scheduled hours for the week, not up to 40 hours. This is true also for work on a holiday, etc.
All employees can move their holiday to a different scheduled work day with permission of their supervisor. Non-exempt still get 8 hours of holiday pay as before. If you work on a holiday, you get 8 hours of holiday and time and a half for hours worked that day, before it was straight time.

3.   Wastewater Contract Status Update

On October 22nd, the King County Council unanimously passed Ordinance 2007-0523 which approves and adopts the Wastewater Staff Contract. 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.

4.   Transit Contract Status Update

The Transit Supervisor's contract was approved by the King County Council on November 5th. The County has indicated that the new payrates for Supervisors will likely be reflected in the paychecks by the end of November and retro checks will be cut by the end of the year.
Preparations for arbitration are underway on the Transit Staff contract. Arbitrator Michael Beck has offered several dates for TEA and King County consideration. TEA's attorney Jim Cline is working with King County's attorney (Otto Klein) to identify arbitration dates that work for both sides. TEA anticipates the arbitration hearing in late winter to spring 2008.

5.   Notices

Request for Leave Donation:
Excess sick or vacation time? Don't let them fade away. I am seeking hours so that I can visit my sickly 87 year-old mother in upstate NY. It is not an emergency; just want to be prepared to offer my siblings a caregiver break. Mom's hardest time is during the dark cold days of January and February.
Thank you for your consideration.
. . . .
	Holly Baker
Request for Leave Donation:
I'm going in for surgery on November 30th and expect to be out of the office for 5-6 working days. I only have 2 days of Sick Leave available and would certainly appreciate donations to help me get through the recovery period.
	Mark Hurston

TEA Board

Roger Browne, President
Adé 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