Upcoming Bargaining Info Sessions
Wed., March 26, 12 p.m.
Thurs., March 27 12 p.m.
North Service Center Rm 167
Tues., April 1, 12 p.m.
February 2014 Bargaining News
Get to Know Your Retirement Plan
Read this article (from the November 2013 issue of Local 17's City of Seattle Negotiations Newsletter) to get up to speed on how your retirement plan works. The City will likely propose changes to your plan during negotiations -- learn more about what's at stake!
VEBA Vote Results
(for Retirement-Eligible Members)
Retirement-eligible employees (as determined by the City) voted on whether or not to adopt the Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association (VEBA) plan. The VEBA plan is a medical savings account designed to help defray medical expenses when you retire.
Members under the Master contract and the Information Technology contract voted to adopt VEBA which means that if you retire between 1/1/14 and 12/31/14 that you can either place your sick leave cash out at 35% into your VEBA account or forfeit the sick leave cash out altogether.
Members under the Municipal Court contract voted to not continue the VEBA program. This means that members will no longer be eligible to place their sick leave into a VEBA account upon retirement. Instead, members who are retiring in 2014 will have one of two options: 1) Members can cash out their sick leave balance at 35% and deposit those dollars into their deferred compensation account. The annual limits for the deferred compensation contributions as set by the IRS would apply; or 2) Members can cash out their sick leave balance at 25% and receive the dollars as cash on their final paycheck.
Click here to read more about the VEBA program at the City of Seattle.
2014 City Budget Forecast
The 2014 budget for the City of Seattle is looking up, according to Beth Goldberg, Director of the City Budget Office. This is good news for our City of Seattle members who are negotiating a new contract this fall.
“Thanks to a slowly improving economy and solid budget management practices that we have adopted over the past couple of years, the 2014 Proposed Budget will offer the City the opportunity to invest in emerging needs in a way that has not been possible in recent years,” said Goldberg in an email to all City employees.
The August budget forecast, presented in early September, revealed a net $10.3 million in revenue to the General Fund. (The full presentation can be found here.) This budget forecast is what Mayor Mike McGinn will use as a basis for his recommendations for allocating resources in the coming year. He will send his budget to the City Council on Sept. 23.
“This is good news for our dedicated city members who have sacrificed much over the last few years of the economic downturn,” said Local 17 Union Representative Guadalupe Perez. “Now that the local economy is recovering, our bargaining team will press for the positive gains that our members deserve.”
City of Seattle 2014 COLA
The COLA formula that we have agreed with the City of Seattle to use has come in at 1.8% for 2014. Since our collective bargaining agreement expires on December 31, 2013, there is not a provision in it for how much our members will receive in 2014. The issue of what COLA our members receive will be negotiated with the City as part of bargaining the new contract.
Seattle Chapter Meetings
The next meeting is on:
Thursday • March 13
12 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
SMT Room 4050/4060
See flyer for more info
Your Bargaining Team
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to represent their fellow members on the Bargaining Teams for our new contract. Your Bargaining Team members for the following contracts are:
Master Contract Team
Jeff Bender (SDOT), Thomas Hughes (SPU), Denise Krownbell (City Light), Terra McCaffree (HSD), Dan O'Sullivan (City Light), Ariska Thompson (SPU), Clay Thompson (DPD), Patricia Young (Parks & Rec)
IT Contract Team
John Alton (HSD), Liz Bukis (SPU), Kent Nickel (SPD), Tim Pingrey (FAS), Julie Renick (SCL)
Municipal Court (Probation Counselors) Team
Jason Grant, Catherine Thompson
Bargaining Newsletter Archives
All contracts extended through Dec. 31, 2013.
(Prof/Tech/Sr. Business/Sr. Professional/Admin. Support)
Muni Court Agreement
IT Professional Contract
City of Seattle website with Union Contracts
MOU - Contract Extension 2011-2013
MOU - 2010 Furlough Agreement
MOU - Contract Extension 2010
Seattle Chapter Officers & REC Delegates
Below is the list of officers and Regional Executive Committee (REC) delegates. Officer positions are one-year terms, and REC delegate positions are two-year terms. Terms began on Jan. 1, 2014.
President: Darlene Flynn
Vice President: Bradley Wilburn
Secretary: Marta Idowu
Treasurer: Flor Alarcon
MLKC Labor Council Delegates