Local 17 State Employees Approve
2015-2017 State Contract
Electronic balloting is complete for Local 17’s 2015-2017 collective bargaining agreement with the state of Washington, and members have approved the contract.
This round of negotiations was closely watched, as reflected in near-record turnout for the vote, despite short notice and members having to learn a new balloting system.
A summary of the changes to the contract can be found at the link below.
Summary of Changes
2015-2017 State Contract:
Last Day of Mediation Yields Little Change
On Tues., Sept. 30 -- the final day of mediation on the collective bargaining agreement between Local 17 and the State of Washington -- management refused to budge on the union’s proposals for targeted salary increases.
Local 17 had asked for additional targeted increases for the following groups: DOL auditors and LSRs, and DOT real-estate service PASs. But management refused to address pay inequities in these groups.
State management did agree that the 2.5% targeted increase for Communications Officers also applies to Communications Officer Assistants. Local 17 had also proposed a larger targeted increase for these classifications.
A tentative agreement was also reached on miscellaneous leave, and both parties agreed to keep discussing L&I rates and auditor pay.
Because of management’s refusal to address pay inequities, Local 17 refused to sign a “tentative agreement” document on Article 42, Compensation, and Compensation Appendix E. Negotiators opted to let the vote of the members decide whether the overall agreement is acceptable.
VOTE: State's 2015-2017 contract proposal
Local 17 and the State are still in mediation attempting to settle our 2015-17 contract -- there is one last day of mediation scheduled for Tues., Sept. 30.
In the meantime, we need you to vote on what’s currently being offered because contracts must be ratified by Oct. 1 in order to be included in the governor's budget. You can find links to a summary of changes to the contract, full contract articles and the electronic ballot below. Online balloting closed at 5 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 30, 2014.
Summary of Changes
Article 4 - Hiring
Article 7 - Overtime
Article 10 - Holidays
Article 13 - Shared Leave
Article 14 - Family Medical Leave
Article 16 - Misc. Leave
Article 19 - Leave Without Pay
Article 27 - Personnel Files
Article 35 - Seniority
Article 41 - Classification
Article 42 - Compensation
Article 43 - Healthcare
Article 50 - Term of Agreement
Appendix E - Compensation - Higher Ranges
MOU - Workers Comp Rates
MOU - WSDOT Auto Promote Process
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