UW – SEIU 1199 Negotiations Recap for April 30, 2019
This recap details the third 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.
SEIU 1199 Initial Proposals
Wages – SEIU 1199 proposed to increase wages across-the-board by five percent (5%) on July 1, 2019 and another five percent (5%) on July 1, 2020.
Pharmacy Tech Pay Increases – SEIU 1199 proposed range increases of approximately five percent (5%) for all Pharmacy Tech job classifications, on the first available pay period following ratification. Employees would be placed on the new pay range at their current step.
Top Salary Step for Techs – SEIU 1199 proposed to add one percent (1%) to the existing top step of pay tables BE and BS which cover all job classifications in the Professional/Technical, Imaging Technologist Supervisor, and Respiratory Therapist/Anesthesia Technician/END Technologist bargaining units.
Shift Differentials – The Union stated that all SEIU 1199 represented job classes should receive the same shift differentials, rather than the current model in which RNs receive higher rates. The Union proposed the following increases for all non-RN job classes:
- Evening Shift – Increase from $1.50 to $2.50 per hour
- Night Shift – Increase from $2.25 to $4.00 per hour
- Weekend Shift – Increase from $1.50 to $4.00 per hour
Standby Pay – SEIU 1199 proposed to increase standby pay from $3.00 to $4.00 per hour for all non-RN job classes. RNs already receive standby at $4.00 per hour.
Certification Pay – SEIU 1199 proposed to increase certification pay from $1.00 to $1.25 per hour for all eligible job classes.
Preceptor – SEIU 1199 proposed to introduce preceptor pay for Registered Dieticians and Pharmacy Techs acting as preceptors, at $1.50 per hour.
Charge Pay – SEIU 1199 proposed to increase the premium for charge nurses from $2.25 to $2.50 per hour.
BSN Premium – SEIU 1199 proposed to increase the premium for RNs with a BSN from $0.50 to $1.00 per hour.
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Premium – SEIU 1199 proposed a new premium of $4.00 per hour for RNs and Respiratory Therapists working in their capacity as an ECMO care practitioner.
Break Relief Nurses – SEIU 1199 proposed that the Employer would add a break relief nurse position to the current staffing plan of 4WH Rehab to ensure uninterrupted and full rest and meal breaks for nurses.
Change in FTE – SEIU 1199 proposed that the Employer would be required to accommodate any employee requests to increase or decrease their FTE, within six (6) months of the request.
Healthcare Coalition Bargaining – SEIU 1199 proposed to increase the number of bargaining team members provided paid release time to attend Statewide Healthcare Coalition Bargaining from two to three.
Negotiation for a Successor Agreement – SEIU 1199 proposed that the Employer would arrange for negotiation rooms at Harborview Medical Center or a mutually agreed upon location for negotiation of the 2021 – 2023 collective bargaining agreement. The Union proposed that the parties begin bargaining by March 30, 2021.
The next UW-SEIU 1199 bargaining session is scheduled for May 7.