Negotiations Recap for September 18, 2014
This recap details the seventh session for the renewal of the master collective bargaining agreement between the UW and SEIU 925 for the 2015-17 contract term.
General Wage Increase – UW proposed general wage increases of 3 percent effective July 1, 2015, and 1.8 percent effective July 1, 2016.
Minimum Pay Step Adjustment – UW maintained its proposal for any regular, non-hourly employee whose salary is less than $12 per hour to be placed on a pay step that is at least $12 per hour.
Step Structure – UW proposed to maintain the existing pay table structure as it is currently configured.
Market Wage Adjustments – UW maintained its proposal for several job titles to receive pay range adjustments up to 80 percent of the market median.
Parking on Snow Days – UW proposed that UW parking be available at each campus for which suspended operations have been declared for any staff member designated as essential by their supervisor.
HR/Payroll Modernization Bargaining – UW proposed a memorandum of understanding affirming the parties’ commitment to bargain impacts associated with the UW’s implementation of a new HR/payroll system. Such bargaining would begin in October of 2014, with the goal of concluding by December of 2014.
Medical Assistant Wages – UW proposed moving medical assistants to a healthcare pay table on a range that would result in a pay increase and that would be competitive with the peer labor market, effective January 1, 2015.
Requests for Ergonomics Assessment – UW proposed that the parties form a joint committee, to include representatives from Environmental Health and Safety, to create a process improvement recommendation within 120 days of ratification.
SEIU 925 Proposals
Market Wage Adjustments – SEIU 925 proposed that several job titles receive pay range adjustments up to 81.5 percent of the market median, effective July 1, 2015.
Preceptor – SEIU 925 maintained its proposal to include respiratory therapists and cardiac technologists in eligibility for preceptor pay, but adjusted its proposed premium rate to $1 per hour.
Differentials – SEIU 925 proposed that campus security officers and sergeants be eligible for evening and night shift differentials, as well as standby and weekend pay.
Parking on Snow Days – SEIU 925 proposed that UW parking be provided for employees designated as essential by their supervisor at each campus for which suspended operations have been declared.
Medical Assistant Wages – The parties tentatively agreed to UW’s proposed adjustments to wages for medical assistants.
Requests for Ergonomics Assessment – The parties tentatively agreed to UW’s proposed formation of a joint committee to create a process improvement recommendation within 120 days of ratification.
The next UW/SEIU 925 bargaining session is scheduled for September 22.