Labor Relations

Negotiations Recap for June 24, 2014

This recap details the sixth bargaining session between the UW and SEIU 1199 to incorporate Research/Hall Health RNs into the SEIU 1199 collective bargaining agreement.

Tentative Agreement Reached

The parties reached a comprehensive tentative agreement on a Research/Hall Health RN memorandum of understanding, to be appended to the SEIU 1199 contract.

Highlights of the Tentative Agreement:

Hall Health RN Wages – Effective July 1, 2014, Hall Health RNs will be placed on the same pay table and ranges as RNs at Harborview Medical Center, making for average wage increases of more than 8 percent. Each Hall Health RN will be moved to the corresponding step on the new wage tables such that their wages are not reduced.

Research RN Wages – Research RNs will receive a 3 percent wage increase effective July 1, 2014. Research RNs will be placed on the newly-created BW pay table at corresponding steps that will not reduce their wages.

Research RN Step increase – At the time of ratification, Research RNs who have been at step W for more than three years will move to step Z, and Research RNs with three years or less at step W will move to step X on the applicable pay table.

Standby Pay – Research and Hall Health RNs will be eligible for Standby pay in accordance with federal law, at a premium rate of $4 per hour.

Hire-in Rates – Hire-in rates for Hall Health RNs will be based on year for year credit for applicable experience, and Research RN hire-in rates will be based on applicable research nursing experience as well as the specific requirements of the position.

Transfers – For Hall Health RNs, a good faith effort will be made to facilitate transfers where an operational need exists and where the RN has the applicable knowledge, skills, and abilities. For Research RNs, an applicant’s length of service will be considered on a transfer to a vacant position.

Negotiations for a Successor Agreement – The parties will meet at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the contract to bargain over the number of employees who will be paid to attend negotiations for the next contract.

Next Steps

UW and SEIU 1199 will recommend this agreement to their respective constituents for approval and ratification.