October 1, 2018 - Update


  1. Updated: Annual Meeting November 7, 2018
  2. Candidate Nominations for President, Vice President and Secretary
  3. Wastewater Bargaining: Roger Browne, Alton Gaskill, and Mike Sands
  4. President's Message: The Importance Of Unions
  5. Vote on Revised Bylaws at the Annual Meeting

Update: Annual Meeting Moved to November 7, 2018

To allow for additional review of the proposed revised bylaws the TEA Annual Meeting has been moved from October 17 to a new location and date:

DATE: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
TIME: Noon to 1 PM
LOCATION: Transit General Manager's Conference Room, 4th Floor, King Street Center

Join the meeting by phone: 206-263-8114. Conference I.D. 986139.

The revised bylaws are expected to be uploaded to the TEA website, "teaseattle.org" no later than Monday, October 15, 2018. Use the drop down tab "TEA Bylaws" and click on "Proposed Bylaws for November 2018 ballot".

On the TEA website, the bylaws are presented with tracked changes and comments where appropriate, discussing the reason for the proposed change.

Ballots for bylaw changes and Officer elections are planned to be distributed by Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Completed ballots may be delivered to work group TEA representatives or deposited in the TEA locked ballot box, which will be next to Roger Browne's cubicle #5167 on the 5th floor of the King Street Center.

Candidates are:

Wastewater Bargaining: Roger Browne, Alton Gaskill, and Mike Sands

The WW Bargaining Team and King County, Office of Labor Relations (OLR) reached a Tentative Agreement late afternoon on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The County and TEA agreed to a General Wage Increase GWI (aka COLA) over a four-year contract as follows:

2017 — 2.25%;
2018 — 2.88%;
2019 — 3.47%;
2020 — 3%

COLA/GWI will be retroactive for 2017 and 2018.

WW TEA Staff classifications in Project Control, Engineers, and Capital Project Manager will all receive a one-step increase starting January 1, 2019. To justify the increase TEA's research showed that these classifications are behind the market.

All WW TEA Supervisors receive a one-step increase starting January 1, 2019.

TEA and OLR agreed to the numerous leave changes common to other unions. TEA WW Staff and Supervisor remain on the JLMIC medical plans. TEA agreed to sign the 2017-2018 JLMIC Benefits Agreement and agrees to sign onto the 2019-2020 JLMIC Benefits Agreement. Professional membership reimbursement went from $500 to $600 per year.

To meet Washington law, the County will start to take deductions from all county employees for their share of the State Paid Family Leave Law in RCW50A. The law will cost approximately $253.00 a year for an employee making $100,000/yr. That amounts to just under $10 per paycheck.

The Bargaining Team believes that this agreement is a good resolution of WW bargaining effort. The details of the Tentative Agreement are being written up in a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for review by legal counsel. The CBA will need to be ratified by the WW Bargaining Units and approved by County Council prior to implementation.

The pending grievance, the ULP, and a potential lawsuit by TEA related to the Medical Reserve Fund are being held in abeyance until the CBA is implemented, at which time the grievance and ULP will be dismissed.

The Bargaining Team would like to sincerely thank all members for their patience and support of the bargaining process during a particularly tough negotiation.

President's message: The Importance of Unions

WTD's Communications Specialist, Rachael Dillman, recently distributed a link to an article on the importance of unions and the struggles of organized labor over the decades. The article is informative as a starting point to learning about the labor movement, and I highly recommend it. https://www.cnn.com/2012/09/04/opinion/brazile-unions/index.html

My work unit recently visited the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and discussed the early labor movement in Seattle with our museum guide, Rahul Gupta. Rahul told us the story of Cesar Estrada Chavez, farm worker union organizer and civil rights activist, who organized Latino workers into what became the United Farm Workers (UFW). It became clear that the history of Chinatown-International District was inextricably wrapped into the struggles of the labor movement, reaching from the farm fields of California to fish canneries in Alaska.

In a time when some folks are down on unions, I would invite you to explore the rich history of the labor movement and context that it provides to our ongoing efforts today. Even the recent Washington teachers' strike and the heavy machine operators' strike in Seattle highlight the strength of unity, as well as the resolve and struggle of unions to improve wages, working conditions and safety for all who labor. I would also encourage you to support your union and take advantage of full membership rights to participate in TEA committees and activities.

Alton Gaskill, TEA President

Vote on Revised Bylaws at the Annual Meeting

As part of the Annual Election members will be asked to approve the bylaws revisions that the Bylaws Committee worked on in late 2017 and in 2018. The revised version of the bylaws has been posted on the website.

TEA Board

Alton Gaskill, President
Michael Sands, Vice President
Gillian Zacharias, Secretary
Sally Turner, Treasurer
Roger Browne, Wastewater Bargaining Chair
Jerry Williams, Transit Bargaining Chair
Ken Madden, Council of Representatives Chair