Labor Relations

Negotiations Recap for September 10, 2014

This recap details the fifth session for the renewal of the UW–WFSE Police Management collective bargaining agreement for the 2015-17 contract term.

UW Proposals

General Wage Increase – UW proposed a 1.25 percent general wage increase on July 1, 2015, and a 1.75 percent increase on July 1, 2016.

Longevity – UW maintained its proposal to front-load the existing longevity pay schedule by providing for an increase at three years of service instead of at 25 years.

Holidays – UW declined WFSE’s proposal to allow for employees to apply paid leave to the two unpaid days off per year granted by recently enacted legislation, in favor of maintaining the two days as leave without pay, as the legislation indicates.

UW declined WFSE’s proposal for employees to receive holiday pay according to the length of their shift, as well as its proposal to add another personal holiday.

WFSE Proposals

Special Event Pay – WFSE proposed that employees who are assigned the night shift before or after a UW football game be the last to be called for staffing the game, and that employees receiving less than eight hours between their shift and a special event be compensated at double their normal rate of pay for all hours worked during the event assignment.

Overtime Pay for Lieutenants – WFSE accepted UW’s proposal for lieutenants to receive one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for football games, and to allow such pay for other special events when agreed to in writing beforehand.

Emergency Definition – In the context of requiring an employee to work more than 16 hours in a 24-hour period, WFSE proposed defining an “emergency” as any unexpected or unplanned event that has a significant impact to life and/or property.

Next Steps

The next UW-WFSE Police Management bargaining session is scheduled for September 19.