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One bargaining unit decertifies, one unit maintains union
November 10, 2005

The state’s Public Employment Relations Commission this morning announced the results of the decertification elections for WSU bargaining unit 3 (skilled trades, representing about 220 employees) and bargaining unit 2 (housing and dining services supervisors representing nine employees).Employees in bargaining unit 3 voted 121-86 to decertify the union. As a result, employees formerly in that bargaining unit are considered civil service employees, and are covered under the state’s new civil service rules.Employees in bargaining unit 2 (supervisors) voted 5-4 to maintain the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) as its bargaining representative. President V. Lane Rawlins announced that the employees formerly in bargaining unit 3 … » More …

WFSE agreement reached, decertification votes go forward
October 3, 2005

The Washington Federation of State Employees and Washington State University reached a settlement of the union’s unfair labor practice complaint late Wednesday evening, Sept. 28. WFSE’s ULP complaint had alleged that WSU management interfered in last September’s union contract ratification vote. Under the agreement, the union withdraws its ULP complaint, which allows two pending decertification elections to go forward for bargaining unit 3 (skilled trades, representing about 220 employees) and bargaining unit 2 (services supervisors, with about 12 employees).To allow WSU Today readers to consider the agreement fairly and objectively, here is the agreement.  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE Parties and PurposeThis Settlement Agreement and Release, entered … » More …

Library employees to be included in pay raise
September 1, 2005

Library workers recently voted to decertify their union. These employees now will be covered under the new civil service rules and will receive the same general pay raise, effective today, Sept. 1, that is going to the other non-represented employees at WSU.Glenn Frye, assistant director of Human Resource Services, said today that WSU administration has determined these library employees will be eligible for the 3.2 percent raise. The union, the Washington Federation of State Employees, had until Wednesday, Aug. 31, to appeal the library decertification vote, but did not do so. The vote took place by mail during two weeks in August. The ballots were … » More …

Two bargaining units covered by proposed contract
July 13, 2005

PULLMAN — Glenn Frye, Washington State University’s labor relations officer, announced Wednesday that the university and the Washington Federation of State Employees reached an agreement July 11, whereby two of its union bargaining units (numbers 1 and 11) will be covered under the collective bargaining agreement tentatively approved to on Sept. 27, 2004.“We are please to announce this agreement,” said Frye. “The terms of the new contract are retroactive to July 1, 2005. The 3.2 percent pay increases outlined in that contract also will take effect July 1, and, because of the timing of the agreement, will be reflected beginning with Aug. 10 paychecks for … » More …

Union ‘disclaims’ bargaining units after Legislature adjourns
April 28, 2005

It has been a rollercoaster week for about 795 classified staff from Washington State University, with it all ending on a happy note. First the Washington Federation of State Employees “disclaimed interest” in three bargaining units, leaving them without representation and under the state’s Civil Service jurisdiction. The following day, WSU President V. Lane Rawlins said the university would fund pay raises for those who were newly nonrepresented Civil Service employees.The Washington Federation of State Employees surprised university administrators and employees on April 27, when it announced during the course of a conference call with the state Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) that WFSE was “disclaiming interest” in three of the WSU … » More …

Pay increases: Who receives funds under proposed budgets
April 11, 2005

WSU Today recently asked Karl Boehmke, the university’s executive director of planning and budget, what the three state proposed budgets — from Gov. Christine Gregoire, the House and Senate — provided for funding in regards to salary increases. Boehmke outlined the proposed salary funding as follows (please note, this might change in the final state operating budget): * Faculty, administrative/professional and graduate employees: Salary increases averaging 3.2% on July 1, 2005 and 1.6% on July 1, 2006 are provided. These increases are at the same levels in the House, Senate, Gregoire and Locke budgets.* Nonrepresented classified employees:Salary increases of 3.2% on July 1, 2005 and 1.6% on July … » More …

Unfair labor practice complaint slated for Sept. 28-29 hearing
February 7, 2005

An initial decision on the unfair labor practice complaint filed last fall by the Washington Federation of State Employees against Washington State University will not be isssued by a Public Employment Relations Commission hearing examiner until late this year, at the earliest. On Feb. 4, PERC, WFSE and WSU held a telephone conference call and selected Sept. 28 and 29 as the dates when the ULP hearing will be held by a PERC hearing examiner.The ULP complaint, filed last fall, alleges that the university 1) interfered with the contract ratification process during the first Sept. 29 vote, and 2) refused to “bargain in good faith.” … » More …

Silence follows union election
December 17, 2004

Neither the union nor the university had much to say following the third ratification vote regarding the proposed contract between the Washington Federation of State Employees and Washington State University.The election, held Dec. 1, 7 and 8, drew 730 participants — 56 percent of the 1,300 WSU classified staff represented by WFSE. Unlike the previous two elections, this one divided the participants by bargaining units. In addition, supervisors and administrative assistants also were split out.As a whole, classified staff voted 437-293 (or 59.9 percent) to reject the proposed contract. (Margin: 144 votes.)Results, as separated by bargaining unit, were as follows:Accepting the contract:• Bargaining Unit 1, … » More …

Third union contract vote now complete
December 9, 2004

The third ratification vote regarding the proposed union contract between the Washington Federation of State Employees and Washington State University was completed Wednesday evening, Dec. 8. Results varied among each of the seven bargaining units, according to the WFSE website, http://www.wfse.org. Accepting the contract: * Bargaining Unit 1, statewide cooperative-research center unit, 38-10 * Bargaining Unit 11, WSU College of Nursing based in Spokane and Yakima, 26-5 * Bargaining Unit 5, library, 19-15* Bargaining Unit 2, services supervisors, 4-3Rejecting the contract:* Bargaining Unit 3, skilled trades, 80-97 * Bargaining Unit 10, administrative assistants, 0-8;and supervisors, 9-22 * Bargaining Unit 2, services, 86-103* Bargaining Unit 9, … » More …

Union contract vote continues Tuesday, Wednesday
December 3, 2004

About 1,300 classified staff represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees have been asked to vote a third time on a proposed union contract between the WFSE and Washington State University. The content of the proposed contract, which was defeated in two earlier votes (426-401 on Sept. 29, and 502-342 on Oct. 20-21), remains the same, including a union security clause. However, the union is stating that it will separate and tally the votes for each of the seven individual bargaining units covered by WFSE. Election times, dates and locations vary based upon the bargaining unit involved, with election dates including Thursday, Dec. 1; … » More …