Labor Relations

Negotiations Recap for September 24, 2012

This recap details the eighth session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and SEIU 925.

Comprehensive Tentative Agreement Reached

After extensive discussion, UW and SEIU 925 arrived at a comprehensive tentative agreement on a collective bargaining agreement that addresses the priorities of both the University and SEIU 925-represented employees.

UW-SEIU 925 Tentative Agreement

Contract Highlights

Key provisions from the new comprehensive tentative agreement include:

Wage Increases
All SEIU 925-represented employees will receive a 2 percent across-the-board wage increase for both years of the 2013-2015 biennium, effective July 1 of 2013 and 2014.
These across-the-board wage increases will ultimately be contingent on successful completion of a sequence of events in the Washington State government, including a finding of financial feasibility by the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM), followed by approval by the Legislature, and concluding with appropriation of the state portion of funding for the increases in the 2013-2015 state budget.
If any one of the contingencies is not met, the across-the-board increases will not occur and the parties will resume collective bargaining on financial matters.
Pay Step Increases
On certain salary ranges that include “rest steps” – successive steps with the same value – UW will change selected steps to provide an increase from the previous step.
For health care pay scales B7, BG, and BH, steps I, J, and L will each be worth 1 percent more than the previous step, effective July 1, 2013. All SEIU 925 health care pay tables will increase steps N and O by 1 percent more than the previous step, effective July 1, 2014.
MOU: SEIU 1199/WSNA “Me-too” Agreement
If UW agrees to across-the-board salary or general increases for an SEIU 1199 or WSNA bargaining unit during negotiations for the 2013-2015 biennium that are more favorable than those negotiated by SEIU 925, UW will apply the same treatment to the salary schedules of SEIU 925-represented employees.
Also, UW and SEIU 925 will meet at least quarterly to address and bargain issues involving wages relative to market rates, recruitment and retention, and/or wage compression.

Contract Details

For more details on what is new and different in the 2013-2015 collective bargaining agreement, see the summary of the UW-SEIU 925 comprehensive tentative agreement.

Next Steps

UW and SEIU 925 will recommend this agreement to their respective constituents for approval and ratification.

UW will submit the contract and funding request to the OFM by October 1, pending contract ratification by SEIU 925.