T E A
T i m e s
February 9 2009
1. Furlough ULP
TEA filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint (ULP) with the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) alleging that the County interfered with TEA, failed to bargain, appealed directly to employees and other offenses in order to implement the Furloughs in 2009. On January 21, PERC has issued a preliminary ruling in our favor and has now confirmed it will schedule a hearing on this matter.
TEA has received several individual grievances from members regarding the furlough and has consolidated them into a "step 2 grievance" (filed directly the Division/Section manager) for both the Wastewater Treatment Division and the Transit Design & Construction Section.
2. Transit Contract and RETRO Update
COUNTY REFUSES TO SIGN CONTRACT. TEA PREPARES TO FILE LAWSUIT.
King County Labor Negotiator David Levin has threatened to hold the RETRO checks until TEA agrees with his proposal to delete about $1000 from the RETRO of TEA members with benefit-eligible spouses. Levin says he won't release the checks until TEA agrees to his demand to "back-charge" any transit member whose spouse may have had medical benefits available to them from their employer in 2007-2009. TEA views this threat is illegal and unfair and the Board is prepared to take legal action to force the County to release the retro payments in accordance with the binding arbitration decision on December 23, 2008. In addition, the law allows for interest and punitive damages when an employer willfully withholds wages; TEA plans to seek these damages on your behalf.
POLITICAL ACTION ENCOURAGED
3. Wastewater Mediation Update
We are no longer on schedule for the 19th; PERC wants us in the ULP hearing instead. We are attempting to arrange the 20th of February and dates in the first two weeks of March. We are also in bargaining with a coalition for wastewater administrative salaries on February 10.
Outside of bargaining, but in a related matter, we had some success addressing a general performance evaluation issue outside of the normal grievance process in meetings with wastewater HR and management. At least one more meeting is planned.
TEA members can post classified ads for free.
5. TEA Meeting Schedule
February 11 ...... TEA Board, 12-1, KSC 4G February 12 ...... Council of Reps, 12-1, KSC, 4D February 18-27 ... ULP Hearing February 20 ...... Wastewater Mediation (tentative) February 24 ...... TEA Grievance Committee Meeting February 25 ...... TEA Monthly Member Meeting, 12-1, KSC, 603/604, 6th Floor
Roger Browne, President