We are asking you to write an email to the Colleges’ bargaining team, asking them to show up to bargain a successor agreement in good faith. The message will be sent to all presidents and human resource directors within the Higher Education Coalition that are currently bargaining this contract.
I work in a Washington Public Employees Association represented position in Washington State. I am writing to you today because your Higher Education representatives are currently bargaining a successor contract with the WPEA for the 2023-2025 biennium. It has been brought to my attention that the Office of Financial Management, who represents you in contract negotiations, is not meeting their legal obligation to bargain in good faith.
As you know, the past two years have been very difficult for the classified staff at Higher Education institutions. The working conditions have become more dangerous due to a global pandemic, the workload has significantly increased, and the moral and job security have significantly decreased. Wages have always been behind prevailing wage for the work that is done, but with inflation at an all-time high, and the lack of meaningful cost of living adjustments, this gap continues to grow. The Union’s team is actively working on improving these issues and your bargaining representative has delayed and avoided the kind of meaningful negotiations that will help resolve at least some of these issues.
I am asking that you ensure that your bargaining representative puts the time and attention necessary into completing these negotiations. Please ask your bargaining representative to stop delaying and to show up prepared to meaningfully bargain with the WPEA.
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Who is representing Higher Education at the bargaining table: Bellevue College - Mark Knight Cascadia College - Shyla Hansen Clark College - Joey Hicklin Edmonds College - Frederick Pieters Grays Harbor College - Cara Beth Stevensen Olympic College - Margaret Hodun Pierce College - Kelly Gardner Skagit Valley College - Lance Levesen Walla Walla Community College - Keenan Failing