Labor Relations

Negotiations Recap for April 1, 2015

This recap details the 14th session for renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and UAW.

UW Proposals

Hourly ASE Wages – UW proposed that all hourly ASEs be paid at least $11 per hour, effective April 1, 2015, and receive an additional 2 percent increase effective July 1, 2015.

UAW Proposals

Fee and Tuition Waivers – UAW proposed that the University waive or remit all campus-wide mandatory fees for all ASEs.

Wages – UAW proposed that all ASEs receive wage rate increases of at least 10 percent per year, and that UW lead in compensation among peer institutions in the Global Challenge States, which includes several University of California campuses, Rutgers, and the University of Massachusetts.

UAW also proposed a $15 minimum hourly rate for all ASEs, as well as student assistants and other hourly workers beyond the union’s scope and throughout the entire UW system.

Insurance Programs – UAW proposed that UW provide medical, dental, and vision coverage for all ASEs and dependents at no cost, including no deductible and facility fees, and that coverage begin on the first day of an ASE’s employment. UAW proposed full coverage for several additional services, as well as expansions to dental coverage and vision coverage.

UAW also proposed that UW and the union jointly oversee the insurance plan, and that an independent annual audit of the coding of medical claims be conducted at the University’s expense.

Insurance Programs Support Services – UAW proposed that the University fund and provide office space for two full-time positions that are hired by and report to the union. These positions would assist ASEs with interpreting their insurance program and filing claim appeals on their behalf.

Next Steps

The next UW-UAW bargaining session is scheduled for April 2.