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1. Plans for 2018
This year your TEA Board will continue working on a new contract for the Wastewater Division unit (contract expired) and will initiate the bargaining process for Transit (contract expires December 2018). Other efforts include revising the bylaws (nearly complete) and examining the dues structure with respect to forecasted revenues and expenses. In addition, our contract with Cline & Casillas, TEA's legal counsel, expires in April and we will be negotiating a new contract for that assistance.
Also, with so many new employees in the Transit and Wastewater Divisions, the TEA Board is considering an on-boarding program to acquaint new members with TEA's responsibilities and activities.
Please see below for more information.
2. Request for Leave Donations
Faon O'Connor, Naphaphone Khamphoukeo and Alan Cook are requesting leave donations.
Anyone wishing to donate leave time should complete a leave donation form:
3. Bylaws Committee
The Bylaws Committee expects to conclude the first draft of revisions to the bylaws within the next few weeks. The last part of the revisions are to the election procedures. After a review by the TEA Board and the TEA's legal consultants, the revised bylaws will be available to members for their review and also presented for discussion at either a Special Meeting or a Regular Meeting.
4. Dues Review Committee
TEA Treasurer Sally Turner reports that the Dues Review Committee (DRC) consists of 3 people -- TEA Treasurer Sally Turner, Transit representative Rylan Knuttgen, and Wastewater representative Peter Sutton.
The DRC has met twice. So far the DRC has identified a desired schedule for completion of its work and data necessary to develop a recommendation on future Dues amounts, and it is currently gathering data.
5. Consideration of On-Boarding Program for New Members
As recently as 2016, TEA Board members and our legal counsel, Jim Cline, have offered lunch hour workshops on union-related topics. The Board is planning another series of workshops to acquaint our members with TEA's functions and with members' rights, with a particular focus on outreach to new members.
We especially wish to encourage new members to participate in their representation.
6. Revisions to Election Procedures
In the December Regular Meeting, the TEA board presented a response to members' concerns about election procedures. The written response, which is available on the TEA website, addressed issues raised by members about the election in September 2017. Changes to the election procedures have been incorporated into the revised bylaws.
7. Next Regular Meeting
The next Regular meeting will be held on February 21 on the 4th floor, King Street Center, conference room 4-C, noon-1PM. The meeting summary from the January meeting is available on our webpage, teaseattle.org.
Please contact Gillian if you have a specific agenda item you'd like to add.
Alton Gaskill, President
Michael Sands, Vice President
Gillian Zacharias, Secretary
Sally Turner, Treasurer
Roger Browne, Wastewater Bargaining Chair
Jerry Williams, Transit Bargaining Chair
Ken Madden, Council of Representatives Chair