Members vote to pass Tacoma Joint Labor agreement on healthcare
The Tacoma Joint Labor (TJL) Committee came to an agreement with the City of Tacoma on the TJL contract for 2017-18, which covers healthcare, wellness, and other minor provisions, and Union members voted overwhelmingly to pass the agreement. You can read the details of the vote in the document linked below.
TJL Vote Results
You can find links to the full red-lined tentative agreement, a summary of changes, and the letter of understanding regarding the 2018 wellness plan below:
TJL Tentative Agreement
Summary of Changes
LOU - 2018 Wellness Plan
The Local 17 contract that covers your wages, hours, and working conditions remains unchanged. If you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative, Adrienne Thompson.
Mail order Rx Instructions
Your prescriptions are now available by mail order. For an example of how to register for the OptimumRx mail order system, please check out this document from the City of Tacoma.
Summary of 2015-18 Contract
Below is a summary of the key changes to the four-year agreement.
- For 2015 -- 1% wage increase retroactive to January 1, 2015 and a $500 lump sum for all members on the payroll at contract ratification.
- For 2016 -- 1% wage increase effective January 1, 2016 and a $500 lump sum for all members.
- For 2017-- 2% wage increase effective January 1, 2017
- For 2018 -- 2% wage increase effective January 1, 2018
- The Collection Systems Technician wage scale was condensed from 21 steps to 5 and will receive an additional 2.35% wage increase on top of the 1% pay increase in 2015.
- The Sewer Transmission Systems Maintenance Step 5 wage was placed in parity with the Solid Waste Route Supervisors, per discussions from when this classification was created.
- Inspector’s, Senior Inspectors, and Code Inspectors who were receiving a 5% Application of Rate as of December 31, 2014 for holding an ICC Certification and one additional ICC Certification, will no longer receive that application of rate. Each affected member shall receive a one-time lump sum payment of $500.
- Parking Enforcement Officers clothing allowance will be changed after 2015. Currently, they receive up to $450 in reimbursement for allowed clothing purchases. For 2015 that practice will continue and in addition they will receive a one-time lump sum of $100. Beginning January 1, 2016, they will receive a $550 allowance for clothing during the first pay period of that year. This will continue each year for the contract duration.
- The majority of your benefits are negotiated through Tacoma Joint Labor, which includes six other local unions, in addition to PTE17. The benefits are contained in the City of Tacoma/Joint Labor contract.
- We were able to clean up the benefit language from the current City of Tacoma – PTE17 contract and incorporate the accurate benefits from the Joint Labor contract into an appendix in our own agreement, making it much easier to see and understand your actual benefits.
If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Bargaining Committee: Jim McDaniel, Jason Mitchell, Rita Oster, Brett Burrows, Misty Hahn, Ron Baldwin, Craig May