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We have had some room scheduling challenges recently. Generally we try to use conference rooms on the 4th floor because there are no fees charged. The next meeting on April 18 is in room 4-C which is the largest one we can regularly reserve for free. Members who cannot attend can call 1.206.263.8114 (Washington state) and use the conference number 986139 to access the meeting.
Faon O'Connor and Michael Sands are requesting leave donations.
Anyone wishing to donate leave time should complete a leave donation form --
TEA's and County's latest exchange of proposals remain substantially different. Therefore, TEA and County have agreed to go to mediation in June on the WW Collective Bargaining Agreement. TEA has a related unfair labor practice (ULP) complaint filed with PERC. This ULP will be set for arbitration in September. TEA is willing to settle these together, but County would like to keep them separate.
The TEA WW Bargaining Team has posted a comprehensive bargaining update in the TEA website at www.TEAseattle.org , including a history of the Joint Labor Management Insurance Committee as it relates to the TEA WW contract.
The monthly meeting in March was well attended by WW members with questions and concerns about WW bargaining. The bargaining team appreciates membership interest and thanks all of those that participated in this discussion.
TEA WW members also held another meeting on March 28th. Alton Gaskill and Roger Browne represented the TEA WW Bargaining Team at this meeting and answered questions about the status of the WW Collective Bargaining Agreement. Participants at this meeting emphasized their concerns that the existing health insurance benefit not be changed; obtaining COLA on time and comparable with other unions; and more frequent/better communication and updates from the TEA in various formats.
The Transit Bargaining Team, together with legal counsel, continue to pursue retroactivity for stamping pay, as well as, a determination of pre-tax status for insurance premium share. More to follow at the monthly meeting April 18.
Jim Cline, the TEA legal counsel, has reviewed the draft revisions to the bylaws. The Bylaws Committee will be working on the next round of edits in April.
The Dues Review Committee continues to meet regularly and is currently working on the expenditure and revenue forecasts.
In response to the March 25 Special Edition TEA Times, several members replied to the TEA Times email with questions. Since TEA does not have a dedicated email account, those messages arrive in the Secretary's Gmail account, and then need to be forwarded to the intended person. For that reason, members are asked to send questions directly to a specific Board member or members in a separate email and not to use the TEA Times email for questions. Thank you for your interest in TEA activities.
The next Regular meeting will be held on April 18 on the 4th floor, King Street Center, conference room 4-C, noon-1PM. Please contact Gillian if you have a specific agenda item you'd like to add.
The meeting summary from the March 21 meeting is available on our webpage, teaseattle.org.
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