On February 12, King County met with the King County Coalition of Unions to address two key components of the Coalition’s November 21 proposal.
Matt McCoy from the County outlined the cost incurred to provide an additional two steps (Step 11 and Step 12) to the Squared Table, as well as a Vacation Cash Out option. It was discussed that 63% of Coalition employees are at Step 10. Adding two steps would result in a 2.78% on-going, long-term cost increase in total payroll. The vacation cash out option would be a one-time payroll cost increase of 4.75% (or $29 million in real dollars). Therefore, the immediate combined increase in total payroll cost to the County would be 7.53%.
According to Dwight Dively (Budget Director) at a December presentation to the Coalition, the General Fund Revenue is expected to have an “…average long-term revenue growth of about 2.5%.”
View the entire update here.
A proposed settlement to a class action lawsuit involving AETNA may impact some Local 117 members employed at King County.
AETNA plan members who received services from out-of-network providers from March 1, 2001 through August 30, 2013 may be eligible for cash payment under the proposal.
If you qualify for payment, you must fill out and return a Claim Form (with any necessary supporting documentation) by first class mail, postmarked no later than March 28, 2014.
Your legal rights in the settlement as well as information about the case are outlined in a court-authorized notice. Be sure to read over the notice carefully to determine your eligibility and your options in the case.
At a meeting on January 22, King County had planned to present its counterproposal to the KC Coalition of Unions' most recent proposal. The County informed the Coalition that it was not ready to make a counterproposal at that time, but there were several other business items discussed at the meeting.
You can view the Coalition's update from the meeting here.
The new issue of the Teamsters South Sound newsletter is now available! This issue contains articles on a contract win at the City of Auburn, the dangers of so-called "Right-to-Work" laws, and tips about how to get more involved in your Union.
Check out the Teamsters South Sound newsletter here.
Taking a small first step toward delivering on a much publicized campaign promise, newly-elected Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced at a press conference on Friday that he would sign an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all city employees.
The wage hike would affect approximately 600 City workers, including a handful of Teamsters who are employed as ushers and admissions attendants at the Seattle Center.
The following is an update from the King County Coalition of Unions on the total compensation information session with the County:
This meeting was an opportunity for the County to make their case for the 2% “wage increase” proposal. Dwight Dively, the Budget Director from the King County Executive’s office met with the King County Coalition of Unions on December 12th to review the County’s budget forecast.
On Behalf of the Tacoma Joint Labor Committee
The ballots were county on December 11 and the Tacoma Joint Labor Committee agreement passed by 90%. The Tacoma Joint Labor Committee would like to thank all the members who turned in their ballots. We will remain at the bargaining table in hopes of achieving a successor agreement before the end of the current agreement.
Tacoma Joint Labor Committee
Consider how politics affects your job. As public employees, decisions about your collective bargaining rights, your job security, and your wages and benefits are made by elected officials at the County, in Olympia, and in Washington D.C.
The trouble is that politicians are heavily influenced by corporate lobbyists who don’t have your best interest at heart. In fact, big business outspends working families on politics by more than 15-1, often pushing an anti-worker agenda.
On October 8, King County presented an initial proposal to the Coalition of Unions over your successor COLA agreement that included a 2 percent flat-rate increase for each year starting in 2015. The County is looking to move away from a CPI-based index to flat-rate wage increases in the future, a change that would make it harder for County employees to keep up with the rising cost of living.
View the complete update here.
After more than five months of negotiations, we are pleased to announce that the Joint Labor Committee has reached a tentative agreement with the City of Tacoma on health insurance for 2014.