Labor Relations

UW – SEIU 1199 Negotiations Recap for May 16, 2017


This recap details the 7th session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and SEIU 1199. Recaps are published online on the UW Labor Relations website.

Tentative Agreements

The parties signed tentative agreements to close the following provisions:

  • Article 14 – Vacation Schedule
  • New Article – Holiday
  • New Article – Leave Due to Child Care Emergencies
  • New Article – Reasonable Accommodation of Employees with Disabilities

SEIU 1199 Proposals

Committees – In response to UW’s proposal, SEIU 1199 proposed that both parties would make a good faith effort to provide agenda items and release requests five days in advance of a committee meeting.

SEIU 1199 maintained its position to hold committee meetings every other month and otherwise as needed.

SEIU 1199 maintained its proposal to keep current contract language regarding unit leadership training and multi-disciplinary meetings.

The parties tentatively agreed upon an allowance of up to four bargaining unit representatives from different clinical areas for the social worker unit committee and the health care specialist unit committee.

Civil Duty – SEIU 1199 proposed to eliminate language stating that employees are not entitled to civil leave for legal actions unrelated to university employment, in attempt to separate personal business from the collective bargaining agreement.  In response, UW proposed to modify the language by stating that leave without pay would apply to civil duties related to university employment only.

UW Proposals

Corrective Action – In response to SEIU 1199’s proposal, UW rejected language that would require the employer to notify a specified union delegate of all meetings related to an employee’s corrective action process.   The parties had a discussion about the employer’s processes when placing an employee on administrative leave.

MOU: JLM Team Members and Union Delegate Training – In response to SEIU 1199’s proposal, UW presented an MOU that would implement training to include the following:

  • Institutional racism training for union and management JLM members (cost split between union and employer)
  • Bargaining 101 training for union delegates and managers with the Public Employment Relations Committee (PERC)
  • JLM committee training for union and employer JLM teams with PERC

MOU: Non-monetary steps – In response to SEIU 1199’s proposal, UW presented an MOU that would eliminate non-monetary steps for all pay ranges on pay tables BC and BS by redistributing the values.

General Wage Increases – UW proposed general wage increases of 1 percent on January 1, 2018, and another 1 percent on July 1, 2018.

Certification Pay – UW proposed to add a $1.00 certification pay for health care specialists.

Next Steps

The next UW-SEIU 1199 bargaining session is scheduled for May 26.