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Solid Ground Update - May 8, 2018


for Local 8 Members at Solid Ground

May 8, 2018

Management Refuses to Budge on Percentage Wage Increases!

Our Union Bargaining Team (Cynthia Linder, Jessica Lam, Katie Showalter, Roberta Petersen, and David Olivera) met with management on April 30th and we made some progress. (Please see details below). Management held on their offer of a 3.5% increase in year 2018 and a 3.25% increase in 2019 with no anniversary steps except for those employees in grades 14 through 22 in Steps 1 through 5. Management did propose to maintain current healthcare cost share percentages if we accept their wage proposal.

Our Bargaining Team presented a package proposal which included:

  • Maintain current healthcare percentages; 5% wage increase effective January 1, 2018
  • Everyone would continue to get their anniversary step increases
  • Those off the scale would get a 2% wage increase retro to January 1, 2018 rather than a lump-sum
  • Wage differential for Operations Dispatchers at SGT would increase from fifty cents to one dollar per hour and those Operations Dispatchers working on Saturdays would receive the differential not just those working on Sundays.

Pack the Room!!!! Your Bargaining Team Needs You!

Our next bargaining session is Wednesday, May 16 at the Headquarters in the MLK, Jr. conference room from 9 am to 4 pm. We need to pack the room!!!

Please come to support our Bargaining Team and share your concerns of income inequality and/or your economic struggles with management from 9 am to 9:15 am and 3:45 pm to 4:00 pm.

Support our bargaining team and wear your OPEIU Local 8 lanyard and button!

Need a lanyard or button? Contact a Bargaining Team member or Diane Arnold, Union Representative at diane@opeiu8.org or (206) 441-8880 ext. 115.



Highlights of the Economics Proposals and Responses


Union Proposal/Response

Management Response/ Counter Proposal

Wages: Effective January 1, 2018 a 5% wage increase.

Wage openers to determine wages for January 1, 2019 and 2020.

Wages: Effective January 1, 2018 each employee will receive a 3.5 % wage increase.

Effective January 1, 2019 each employee will receive a 3.25% wage increase.

Wage opener in 2020.

Anniversary steps for all in 2018 effective January 1, 2018.

Effective January 1, 2018 a 2% wage increase for employees off the wage scale.

Anniversary step increase freeze except for Grades 18 -22 for Anniversary Steps 1 through 5.

No anniversary increase for those employees off the wage scale.

Healthcare premium cost share- maintain the same percentages.

Grades 18 - 22 = 1% of premium

Grade 25 = 3.5%

Grades 27-32 = 5%

Grades 33-47 = 12%

Maintain Healthcare premium cost share percentages if Union accepts management’s wage offer.

Differential of $1.00 per hour for employees who work Saturdays and Sundays.

Differential of $1.00 per hour for employees who work between 9 pm and 6 am.


No change to retirement language

No change to retirement language

Personal Leave; Increase personal leave for SGT employees from 0 to 12 months to 196 hours from 160 hours.

Accepts - Tentative Agreement

Severance Pay

0-1 yr (0-12 mos) $800.00

0-5 yrs (13-160 mos) $1600.00

6-10 yrs (61 -120 mos) $2400.00

> 10 yrs (121 mos plus) $3200.00

Accepts - Tentative Agreement

Combined Classifications

If an employee is assigned an additional workload due to program vacancies or work assignments from other departments, their pay will be increased until the additional work is removed.


Work in a Higher Classification

Employees working in a higher classification will receive the higher pay grade for all hours performing those duties.

Work in a Higher Classification

Work performed by an employee if they perform the work for more than four hours, will receive the higher pay grade for all time worked in that shift.

Job Posting

The Employer will interview all internal applicants who meet the minimum qualification and submit an application within the five day internal process for a union job, and if none are qualified, the Employer may then interview external candidates.

Accepts - Tentative Agreement

Internal Hiring

Current employees who accept another position with the agency that pays less than their current position will have their wages frozen at the current level until such time as the wage of the new position exceeds the wage that has been frozen.

Accepts - Tentative Agreement

Other Union and Management Tentative Agreements

Union New Member Orientation

Shop Steward Leave

Union Representation

Labor Management Committee

Observation of Holidays


Questions: Please contact one of your Bargaining Team members (Katie Showalter, Jessica Lam, Cynthia Linder, Roberta Petersen, and David Olivera), or Diane Arnold, Union Representative at
(206) 441-8880 ext. 115 or












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