Labor Relations

UW Libraries & SEIU 925 Negotiations Recap for October 20, 2021


This recap details the second 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.

Tentative Agreement

The parties signed a tentative agreement to close the following provision:

  • New MOU – SEIU 925 Steward Training Release
    • Up to 4 bargaining unit employees are allowed up to 4 working hours to participate in the Union’s steward training program on November 18, 2021.

Union Initial Proposals

Union Activities Rights and Stewards – The Union’s initial proposal is based off the main SEIU 925 CBA, with some updates. The proposal included removal of language for staff representatives to notify local management prior to accessing University premises. The Union proposed to add communication platforms such as Zoom and Teams to the list of state resources Union delegates and members may use to communicate with the Union and/or the Employer for the administration of this agreement.  The Union proposed to add bulletin boards if there is a lack from some locations and be able to distribute information through Libraries internal electronic communication systems and platforms. The Union proposed that if a steward is not available in a certain area, a steward in the next organizationally closest jurisdiction could represent an employee. The proposal also included adding organization area as an option for a position to place an employee in when returning from temporary employment with the Union.

Next Steps

The next UW Libraries and SEIU 925 bargaining session is scheduled for October 27 and will be held virtually.