Labor Relations

UW Libraries & SEIU 925 Negotiations Recap for October 12, 2021


This recap details the first virtual session for the initial collective bargaining agreement between the UW Libraries and SEIU 925. Recaps are published online on the UW Labor Relations website. The parties agreed to ground rules for these negotiations.

During the first bargaining session, both parties gave introductions and then the Union presented their priorities for their first contract, which include the following items:

  • Wages
  • Equitable Workload
  • Professional Development and Path for Career Growth
  • Equity and Justice; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Anti-Racist Priorities
  • Differentiating between UW Law Library, UW Libraries, and UW Press as well as their shared interests of clear structure, benefits and promotions

Union Initial Proposals

The Union proposed to carry over the content from the current SEIU 925 CBA articles listed below:

Article XX – Preamble and Purpose*
Article XX – Employee Rights
Article XX – Family Medical Leave Act and Parental Leave
Article XX – Health Care Benefits Amounts
Article XX – Mandatory Subject
Article XX – Non-Discrimination
Article XX – Reasonable Accommodation of Employees with Disabilities
Article XX – Union Recognition*
Article XX – Washington Medical Leave Program

Preamble and Purpose – The Union proposed to retain the majority of the language from the current SEIU 925 CBA. Updates were made to reflect the covered population as full-time and regular part-time nonsupervisory and supervisory professional staff and Librarians employed by the University of Washington working within the University of Washington Library System, excluding confidential employees and all other employees, and to reflect the governing status as RCW 41.06.

Union Recognition – The Union proposed to retain the majority of the language from the current SEIU 925 CBA. Updates were made in relation to the certification by Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) under RCW 41.56.

Next Steps

The next UW Libraries and SEIU 925 bargaining session is scheduled for October 20 and will be held virtually.