Labor Relations

UW – WFSE Negotiations Recap September 17, 2018


This recap details portions of the twelfth session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and WFSE, 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 9 – Hours of Work and Work Schedules
    • Added language stating that Employees will be allowed to bid on vacant shifts by departmental seniority in accordance with departmental policy, and bids may be restricted to the employee’s work unit
  • Article 14 – Hiring, Appointments, Promotions, and Transfers
    • Added language stating that employees working during cyclic leave of absence will accrue paid time off prorated based on regular hours worked and paid time off used in a month
    • Eliminated language stating FDAs may only be used to fill leave of absences and/or temporary projects
    • Added language stating that paid or unpaid leave taken during the six-month trial service period shall extend the length of the trial service period on a day-for-a-day basis for any day(s) that the employee takes paid time off, leave without pay, or shared leave, except for the leave taken for military service.
    • Added language stating that the Employer will provide a written explanation for ending an appointment, upon request from the Union.
  • Article 34 – Performance Evaluations
    • Added language stating that implementation of alternative performance evaluation models is an appropriate topic for JLMs
    • Added language to align with how the Medical Centers currently do performance evaluations in WorkDay
  • Article 47 – Contracting
    • Added new language stating that the Employer will notify the Union and satisfy its collective bargaining obligation before contracting out bargaining unit work
    • Added language stating that for facilities contracting on Seattle Main Campus, a form will be provided to the Union
    • Added language stating that annually the Employer will provide a spreadsheet of anticipated contracting out and standing contracts for work that has been historically contract out
  • Article 53 – Trades Supplemental
    • Eliminated the contract provision

Counter Proposals

Overtime – The Employer maintained its proposal to redefine overtime for part-time employees as work in excess if forty hours in one week.

Trades Apprenticeship Program – The Employer proposed language clarifying that the decision of whether or not to establish a Trades Apprenticeship Program would be solely the Employer’s.

Adequate Lunch Space – The parties exchanged multiple proposals but have not yet reached agreement on language regarding discussion of adequate lunch spaces at JLMs.

Next Steps

The next UW-Coalition bargaining sessions are scheduled for September 18 & 19.