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January 8 2009
Update, Jan 13: Transit Arbitration Award 2005-2007
We've placed a copy of the Transit Arbitration Award 2005-2007 document on the website. Click below for the .PDF file:
1 - Transit Arbitration Award
On December 23rd, Arbitrator, Michael Beck issued a wage award that contains across the board increases covering the three years equal to 12.25% Much of the increase was frontloaded to the first day of the contract. The first year (2005) was 5.58% and the second (2006) and third year (2007) increases equaled 90% of the Seattle CPI.
This offer exceeded the County's median wage increase by over 2%. (The County's median increase proposal was 10.08%). While 18 bargaining unit positions would have received more at the top of the wage scale from the County's proposal than the Arbitrator's Award, 51 would have received less. Furthermore, the Arbitrator awarded increases across the board so that those employees not at top step receive the full increase, something that the County's proposal would not have allowed. Due to the size of the awarded wage increase, the 19 positions that would have been Y rated and suffered a loss in the real wage (the amount after inflation is subtracted) were spared that result. The County had offered one-time mitigation money to offset the impact on those 19 position for the years 2005-07 but those positions would have had their pay reduced starting in 2008.
The Arbitrator ruled in TEA's favor on several key issues that resulted in this wage increase but also laid the ground work for future strong contracts:
2 - Wastewater Contract Negotiations
TEA met with the County on December 29th for a bargaining session. The County presented a "counter" wage proposal for COLA only. While this is was an improvement over the County's previous contract proposal, it does not reflect the results of the salary survey results and falls below expectations of the bargaining team. The next step is for both sides to meet with State-assigned mediator, Starr Knutgen. Scheduling for mediation underway.
3 - TEA Files Unfair Labor Practice (ULP)
TEA has filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint with the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) over the County's unilateral implementation of the Furlough on January 2nd and their failure to negotiate with TEA before implementation. Individual TEA members are also encouraged to file grievances with TEA over contract violations of the furlough. Grievance forms can be downloaded from the TEA website.
4 - Advertisements
TEA members can post classified ads for free. Send classified ads to TEA Secretary Ken Madden at email@example.com
5 - January Meetings
January 13 - Council of Reps, 12-1, KSC 4D January 14 - TEA Board, 12-1, KSC 4G January 21 - TEA Monthly Member Meeting, 12-1, KSC, 3 D&E January 27 - TEA Grievance Committee Meeting
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