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On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, your WFSE CCC bargaining team met with the management bargaining team for the first time for the 2019-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CCC Bargaining starts May 9

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WFSE’s custodial members at Bellevue College (Local 304) petitioned the Board of Trustees April 25 to rescind what would be the third shift change in less than 18 months.

Public service workers across the country are losing their foothold in the middle class. So says an article in The New York Times this week that serves as a reminder of why labor unions are more needed now than ever.

Our statewide bargaining team met last Thursday and Friday to discuss contract proposals and develop new contract language in preparation for negotiations with management.

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Our coalition represents over 3200 employees at 12 Community College campuses across Washington:

Bellevue, Centralia, Community Colleges of Spokane, Everett, Green River, Lower Columbia, Peninsula, Seattle, Shoreline, South Puget Sound, Tacoma, and Whatcom

NEGOTIATIONS

The team is prepared to begin negotiating our 2019-2021 contract. Nominations and elections for CCC bargaining team members concluded last fall, and since then our representative bargaining team has been hard at work:

The CCC bargaining team met on March 1st and 2nd to begin the work of drafting our initial proposals.  

We reviewed the contract proposal forms submitted by our members in the community colleges and began the work of creating the language of our proposals. 

The CCC bargaining team also took time at lunch to contact their state legislators demanding transparency and accountability for government contracting and support for 2SHB 1851. 

More on Monday’s Supreme Court hearing

Top quotes from Monday’s US Supreme Court hearing on the Janus case that aims to install inequality at the bargaining table (to negotiate wages to sustain our families) and also in representing state employees’ contract rights in the workplace:

Bellevue College agrees to $12,500 settlement for outsourcing members’ work

Local 304 members at Bellevue College have won an admission of bad-faith bargaining and a cash settlement after the college contracted out their work last year. 

The Federation and Bellevue College yesterday (Jan. 4) settled the unfair labor practice complaint over the 2017 outsourcing of restroom cleaning and window washing on the college’s main campus.

In the settlement, the college administration admitted that it failed to meet its good-faith bargaining obligations.