UW – SEIU 1199 Negotiations Recap for June 2, 2017
This recap details the 11th 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.
The parties signed tentative agreements to close the following provisions:
- New Article – Unpaid Holidays for a Reason of Faith or Conscience
- New Article – RN Extended Leave
- New Article – Military Leave
- New Article – Resignation
- MOU – Harborview Nursing Scholarships
- New MOU – JLM Team Members and Union Delegate Training
MOU: JLM Team Members and Union Delegate Training – In response to SEIU 1199’s proposal, UW proposed a compromise in which the employer would pay for the institutional racism training, provided that it would be scheduled within twelve months of the union providing a list of participants, after contract ratification. The parties signed a tentative agreement to close the provision based on these terms.
MOU: Inpatient Social Work Ad Hoc JLM – In response to SEIU 1199’s proposal, UW maintained its proposal for the social work ad hoc JLM to meet for one hour, once a month, for three months. UW proposed language stating that more participants may be added to the JLM if mutually agreed upon.
MOU: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – In response to SEIU 1199’s proposal, UW maintained its proposal that would allow one bargaining unit member to be on the equity, diversity, and inclusion committee. The committee’s charter was shared with bargaining team members.
SEIU 1199 Proposals
MOU: Break Relief – SEIU 1199 maintained its proposal to retain break relief nurses in departments that currently have them, and expand break relief programs to additional departments. Select union members from various departments attended a portion of the bargaining session to express their interest in memorializing the expansion of break relief nurses in the collective bargaining agreement for 2017-2019.
General Wage Increases – SEIU 1199 proposed general wage increases of 5 percent on July 1, 2017, 4 percent on July 1, 2018, and another 1 percent on January 1, 2019.
Market Adjustments – SEIU 1199 maintained its proposed market adjustments (in addition to across the board increases) of 8% for health care specialists, 8% for social work assistants, and 6% for ENDs.
Premium Pay – SEIU maintained its proposals for new and increased per hour premiums for the following:
- ECMO RNs and R.T.s – $6.50
- Radiology float RNs – $3.75
- Emergency RNs – $2.50
- RNs with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree – $1.00
- Ultrasound technicians (specifically related to dictation duties) – $2.00
- Certification pay increase to $1.25
On-Call Pay – SEIU 1199 maintained its proposal to increase on-call pay to $4.00 per hour for all relevant positions, except registered nurses.
Float Pay – SEIU 1199 maintained its proposal to add float pay for select Airlift Northwest RNs, per diem RNs, and technology float positions.
Preceptor Pay – SEIU 1199 maintained its proposal to add preceptor pay for pharmacy technicians.
Pay Scale Adjustments – SEIU 1199 maintained its proposal to add one top step to all department pay scales and a second top step for MIT supervisors and QA/ED techs.
The union maintained its proposal for an adjustment to the pay scale for Hall Health RNs so that pay is more commensurate with experience.
The union maintained its proposal for filling in two ghost steps on the pay scale for social workers, pharmacy technicians, ENDs, and ATs.
Retroactive Pay – SEIU 1199 maintained its proposal for 100% retroactive pay to union members if contract negotiations go past July 1, 2017.
The next UW-SEIU 1199 bargaining session is scheduled for June 7.