Labor Relations

Negotiations Recap for August 7, 2014

This recap details the fourth session for the renewal of the master collective bargaining agreement between the UW and SEIU 925 for the 2015-17 contract term.

Cardiovascular Technologist Presentation

UW Medical Center (UWMC) cardiovascular technologists delivered a presentation explaining the scope and complexities of their work, and provided testimony in support of being included in eligibility for preceptor and rest between shifts pay premiums.

SEIU 925 Proposals

Cardiovascular Technologist Preceptor – SEIU 925 proposed a preceptor premium of $3 per hour for cardiovascular technologists at UWMC.

Rest Between Shifts – SEIU 925 reiterated its July 31 proposal to clarify its intent to include UWMC cardiovascular technologists in eligibility for rest between shifts premium pay.

Video Security Systems – SEIU 925 withdrew its proposal to expand department-specific restrictions on security camera use to apply throughout the entire SEIU 925 master contract.

UW Responses

UW declined SEIU 925’s initial series of proposals, explaining that the decisions contemplated by these proposals are beyond the scope and authority of the parties’ bargaining. UW pointed out that many of the demands within are directed toward the UW Board of Regents, and entail fundamental changes to University policy and even the tax structure in Washington State.

Representation – UW declined SEIU 925’s proposed waiver of the University’s right to oppose any efforts by the union to add new bargaining units.

Request for Ergonomics Assessment – In response to SEIU 925’s proposal, UW proposed that representatives from both sides meet on August 21 to discuss issues related to employee requests for ergonomics assessments, and to establish mutually agreeable contract language.

Next Steps

The next UW-SEIU 925 bargaining session is scheduled for September 4.