Labor Relations

UW – SAG-AFTRA Negotiations Recap for March 19 – 20, 2019


This recap details the March 19 and 20 sessions for the initial negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and SAG-AFTRA. Recaps are published online on the UW Labor Relations website.


The parties signed tentative agreements to close the following provisions:

Flexible Work Agreements/Arrangements: This article states that the Employer shall make reasonable efforts to grant employees’ request for non-traditional work arrangements.

Lactation and Prayer Accommodation: This article states that the Employer shall provide a wellness room for lactating mothers and religious and spiritual practice.

Minimum Call: This article states that bargaining unit employees shall be paid for no less than 4 hours per work shift.

Minimum Terms and Conditions: This article states that the Employer shall not enter into agreement upon terms and conditions less favorable than those in this Agreement, and nothing in this agreement shall prevent employees the right to negotiate more favorable terms and conditions.

Non-Discrimination and Diversity: The parties agree that they will not engage in any act or practice which is discriminatory. This article specifies the Employer will provide the Union with information about job classification, race, and gender, as well as W-2 gross earnings. It further provides for the continuance of the Racial Equity Committee.

Probationary Period: This article defines the probationary period as a 6-month period served by all new employees in bargaining unit positions. After successful completion, bargaining unit employees gain permanent employee status. The article further describes limitations and terms of the probationary period and its effect on seniority.

Professional Developments: The parties agree that the Employer shall establish professional development opportunities that align with its priorities, including that employees shall be given paid time away for work-related training. It further provides for a Professional Development and Training Committee for the purpose of discussing, reviewing and submitting recommendations of funds for professional development opportunities.

Union Security: This article outlines the procedures by which Union dues may be deducted from payroll upon written authorization by an employee using the authorized wage assignment form provided by the Union.

Withdrawn Provisions

Audio Affiliation Announcement – SAG-AFTRA agreed to withdraw its proposal that KUOW air an audio affiliation announcement regularly.

Policy Banning Weapons in the Workplace – SAG-AFTRA is satisfied that this provision is covered under the Health and Safety provision.

Next Steps

The next SAG-AFTRA bargaining session is scheduled for April 3 at KUOW, where the Employer will present FY19 budget information about KUOW. The parties are working to come to an agreement regarding items still outstanding.