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1. Training Opportunity — Know Your Rights!
The next TEA monthly brown bag training session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, from 12-1pm.
This month's topic is Rights of Disabled Employees. Join us at noon this Thursday on the second floor, conference rooms 2A/2B.
2. Leave Donation Request
Eric Mandel, WTD CSO Coordinator and a former TEA Officer, was in a serious accident and is in need of some help with additional leave time. If you can donate some time it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact your Human Resources office for additional information and the appropriate forms.
3. Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program Vote Results
Of the 132 votes cast, eight were ineligible to vote. Of the 124 eligible votes, the results are as follows:
Transit Bargaining Unit: Yes: 10 No: 23
The Transit Bargaining unit rejected the MOA, and will not participate in the Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program in 2016.
Wastewater Staff Bargaining Unit: Yes: 55 No: 28
The Wastewater Staff Bargaining approved the MOA, and will participate in the Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program in 2016.
John Phillips, TEA President, signed the MOA for the Wastewater Staff on February 1, 2016.
As part of the agreement, King County Family and Medical Leave (KCFML) will run concurrent to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), instead of consecutively, as it does now, effective August 1, 2016. This change will not expire. The Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program will run concurrently with KCFML/FML.
The Wastewater Supervisors Bargaining Unit vote resulted in a tie (4 — 4); therefore, the MOA will not be signed, and this bargaining unit will not participate in the Paid Parental Leave Pilot Program in 2016.
4. Monthly TEA Meeting
The Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 17, in the 5th Floor Cloaca/Harappa conference room(s).
5. Wastewater Bargaining Committee
The Legislative Package for the TEA WW Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is under review in the Transportation, Economy & Environment Committee as of February 2, 2016.
Please contact Alton Gaskill, TEA Wastewater Bargaining Chair, if you have any questions or concerns.
6. Transit Bargaining Committee
The most recent contract mediation session was held on January 11th with PERC mediator Matt Greer. The next scheduled mediation session is February 9th.
Please contact Jerry Williams, TEA Transit Bargaining Chair, if you have any questions.
7. Council of Representatives Update
The Council has coordinated four (4) labor training sessions in the Fall of 2015 and Winter 2016. The next training session is scheduled for Thursday, February 4, from 12-1pm in KSC 2A/B. The topic is Rights of Disabled Employees. All members are encouraged to attend. For additional information, please contact Ken Madden, Council of Representatives Chair, for additional information.
John Phillips, President
Jane McPherson, Vice President
Hillary Schafer, Secretary
Elizabeth Wright, Treasurer
Alton Gaskill, Wastewater Bargaining Chair
Jerry Williams, Transit Bargaining Chair
Ken Madden, Council of Reps. Chair