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1. Annual Member Meeting, Wed., September 21, KSC Room 5th floor "Cloaca Maxima"

The meeting agenda:

2. Officer Elections

Nominations for Officers closed on 8/29 and the slate of candidates for the four open Board positions are:

In accordance with TEA bylaws, in the event that all officer positions are unopposed, no written ballots will be distributed to members, and the election of these officers shall be by hand vote at the Annual Meeting.

Therefore, TEA will not distribute paper ballots for the four officer positions up for election. The attendees at the meeting will be asked to vote on the slate of candidates.

3. Bargaining updates

Wastewater Contracts
King County and TEA held a negotiating session on August 15th. The next session is September 19th. Big issues are now on the table including salary, COLA formula and BT cash out. The next Bargaining Committee meeting will be Tuesday, September 27, noon in KSC 8I.

Transit contract
The first Transit mediation session was held on August 17th with PERC mediator Ken Latsch. Both sides presented their "protected positions" and then TEA recommended to the mediator that the next step should be to pick up where bargaining left off - with the "What-If" proposals; King County agreed and both sides presented their latest offer to the mediator. The discussion stalled when the County could not provide details for their COLA calculation for 2012. Discussions at the next mediation session will likely focus on the County's COLA formula. The next mediation session is scheduled for 9/29.

4. Furlough Trial/Appeal Update

On August 25th, King County filed an appeal in the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II, Tacoma. The case number is 42506-8-II, King County v. Public Employment Relations Commission.

5. Brown Bag Presentation

Please join me for a TEA-sponsored brown bag next Thursday, 9/22, 12-1pm in KSC 2A/B. The subject will be Getting Feedback. We will be presenting two instructional videos that provide specific behavioral techniques you can use to ask for and receive productive feedback. We'll have some time for discussion. We will also provide information about how TEA can represent you throughout the process and beyond, as necessary.

We are in the midst of performance appraisals, and we hope you will find this information helpful.

- Adé Franklin