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Union contract rejected second time; What’s next?
October 29, 2004

Classified staff in bargaining units represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees voted 502-342 to reject the proposed contract between WFSE and Washington State University a second time. The tally also included 54 contested ballots. The revote was held on Oct. 20 or 21, depending upon locations.The contract was originally rejected 426-401 by classified staff in a vote held on Sept. 29. The union rejected the validity of the vote and filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the WSU, alleging that the university interfered in the voting process. The university strongly disagrees.The contract calls for a wage increase in base pay of 3.2 … » More …

Union contract rejected; WSU requests classified raises
October 1, 2004

In the wake of Wednesday’s vote in which employees rejected (401-426) a proposed union contract between the Washington Federation of State Employees and Washington State University, administrators have:* rebuked union allegations of unfair labor practices* filed a three-pronged request with the state for salary increases for all classified staff (union and nonunion)* called for the Washington Federation for State Employees to return to the bargaining tableThe proposed union contract between WFSE and WSU was rejected (401-426) by employees who are covered by that bargaining agreement, according to Tim Welch, director of public affairs for WFSE. However, the union contends the vote was unfair and that it is … » More …

Union contract rejected; unfair labor practice charged by WFSE
October 1, 2004

The proposed union contract between Washington Federation for State Employees and Washington State University was rejected (401-426) on Wednesday by employees who are covered by that bargaining agreement, according to Tim Welch, director of public affairs for WFSE. However, the union contends the vote was unfair and that it is planning to file an “unfair labor practice complaint” against the university, and is calling for a revote.“We believe there was gross inappropriate management interference in the vote,” said Welch, and “reject the results of the vote.” “Under the new bargaining system, once both sides reach a (proposed contract) agreement, it is the obligation of both … » More …