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October 16 2008

1. October & November Meetings

October 16 Teamster Presentation, 1-2, KSC 3D/E
October 17 Teamster Presentation, 12-1, KSC, 2A/B
October 22 TEA Meeting to discuss Teamster Issues, 12-1, KSC, 5B/C
October 23 TEA Council of Reps, 12-1, Rm. 7044, North Wind
October 28 TEA Grievance Committee Meeting, 9-10, KSC, 4G
November  5 TEA Board, 12-1, KSC 4G
November  6 TEA Transit Negotiations, 1:30-4:30
November 12 TEA Board, 12-1, KSC 4G
November 19 TEA Monthly Member Meeting, 12-1, KSC, 8th Flr Conf Rm
November 25 TEA Grievance Committee Meeting, 9-10, KSC, 4G

2. Teamster Presentations

Two presentations by the Teamsters are scheduled in October for TEA members.

  1. Thursday, October 16, 1-2pm in 3D/E, KSC
  2. Friday, October 17, 12-1pm in 2A/B, KSC

Since the presentations are being held in a public building during regular business hours, the meetings should be open to all TEA members.  Specific issues which will be covered include: COLA, Layoffs, 2008 Retro Pay, and details of the Teamster Pension Plan.  All TEA members are encouraged to attend.

3. TEA Member Meeting to Discuss Teamster Issues

TEA has scheduled a special meeting to discuss Teamster issues following the two presentations by Teamster representatives on Oct. 16 & 17.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22nd from 12-1pm in 5B & C of the KSC.  All TEA members are encouraged to attend.

4. Wastewater Contract Negotiations

The County presented its initial wage proposal: no wage adjustments.  That's zero wage increase across the board and no decision yet on how much COLA would be offered for 2009.  According to the County labor negotiator, "The County is experiencing a budget crisis and they are looking at many ways to cut the projected deficit".

The TEA wage proposal presented to the County is based on comparables from the 2005 salary study which showed that salaries for TEA classifications are below market comparables in varying amounts across the board.

Since the County's position is based on political considerations rather than actual data, TEA has suggested that the parties move toward mediation.  The County has agreed to request PERC assign an impartial third party mediator.   The first mediation session is anticipated in early November.

5. Transit Contract Arbitration and Negotiations

Arbitrator Michael Beck is now reviewing the arbitration briefs submitted by TEA and King County for our retro contract covering 2005 - 2007.  A final ruling is anticipated in November.  Retro paychecks are expected in December or January.

TEA and King County have begun bargaining on the contract for 2008 - 2010.  The first bargaining session was held on September 22nd.   The TEA bargaining team consisted of bargaining chair Jerry Williams, Colin Asquith, Isaiah Pullet, Garrett Stronks.   Opening proposals were made by both sides.   The next negotiation session is scheduled for Nov. 6th.

If you have any issues for the new Transit contract, please send them to the Transit Bargaining Team: Jerry Williams, Colin Asquith, Isaiah Pullet, Garrett Stronks.

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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