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Effective 2/18, Jim Meith has replaced David Levin as King County's labor negotiator for the Transit Staff contract. The new assignment was part of a shake-up within King County's Human Resources Division that was announced in a February 18th email from Director Patti Cole-Tindall.
TEA has been in contact with Jim Meith to set up a series of bargaining sessions that begin when Mr. Meith returns from a scheduled vacation. Bargaining sessions are scheduled for: March 31, April 15, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 13
The Transit Bargaining Committee has been meeting regularly to prepare for the bargaining process. The team includes: Colin Asquith, Nancy Gordon, Ken Madden, Don Marable, Isaiah Pullet, Faye Smith, Garrett Stronks, and Jerry Williams, Bargaining Chair. The Committee has developed a member survey to solicit input for bargaining. The Committee plans to distribute the survey to members during the week 3/7-11.
On February 17th, TEA, ATU and King County were contacted by the law clerk for Judge McPhee with a request to reschedule the Furlough Trial. The reason was that the Judge was in the middle of a three week trial and needed more time to finish the trial by the end of February.
The reason for the trial is that King County has appealed PERC's decision ordering King County to pay TEA and ATU members back-pay for the imposed 2009 furlough days. The trial, King County v. PERC, has been scheduled for February 18, 2011 before Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee since October 2010.
The trial is now schedule for April 22, 2011 in Thurston County Superior Court.