Labor Relations

UW – SEIU 1199NW Research/Hall Health Bargaining Unit Negotiations Recap for September 12, 2018


This recap details the fifth session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and the SEIU 1199NW Research/Hall Health Bargaining Unit, set to expire on June 30, 2019. Recaps are published online on the UW Labor Relations website.

Tentative Agreements

The parties signed tentative agreements to close the following provisions:

  • Article 5 – Union Dues Deduction
    • Added language outlining the roster reports provided to the Union each pay period
  • Article 16 – Committees
    • Maintained current contract language
  • Article 18 – Classifications
    • Maintained current contract language
  • Article 26 Grievance Procedure
    • Added language detailing the components of a written grievance
  • Article 37 – Miscellaneous Leave
    • Maintained current contract language
  • Article 43 – Military Leave
    • Added holiday credit to the list of paid leave types that could be used to cover military leave
    • Added language to reflect the law which states if an employee is scheduled to work a shift that begins on one calendar day and ends on the next, the employee is charged military leave only for the first calendar day

Union Proposal

FMLA – SEIU 1199 tentatively accepted UW’s proposal to remove the six-month cap on interspersal of accrued leave for continuation of health insurance benefits, and extend it to the duration of the approved leave.  The Union rejected the Employer’s proposal that would require the interspersed paid leave to be applied to the first working day of the month.

Employer Proposals

Union Delegates – UW modified its proposal to state that the Union would primarily conduct representational duties within their area of employment.

Sick Leave – UW rejected the Union’s proposal for the Employer to front load sixteen hours of sick time upon hire (the equivalent of two months of sick time accrual for a full-time employee).

Preceptor Premium Pay – UW rejected the Union’s proposal to remove the current requirement for a preceptor to complete a preceptor workshop prior to being eligible for preceptor pay.  The Employer rejected the Union’s proposal to remove language stating the preceptor is eligible to receive the premium pay only when engaged in preceptor role responsibilities.

Non-Discrimination – In response to the Union’s proposal, the Employer modified its proposal to add language extending the timeline to file a grievance alleging a violation of the non-discrimination provision to 180 days.  The Employer added language stating that when a grievance or complaint is filed, the University will implement interim measures as appropriate.

Next Steps

The next UW-SEIU 1199 bargaining session is tentatively scheduled for September 25, and the next UW-Coalition bargaining session is scheduled for September 13.