Washington State Patrol Collective Bargaining Agreement
On May 20, the ProTEC17 negotiating team held its first meeting with the Governor`s Office of Financial Management (OFM) and the administration of public agencies to negotiate the contract for the period 2021-2023. For the first time, negotiations were conducted by videoconference, while the Governor`s COVID-19 remains at home and the gradual reopening plan remains in effect. After the pandemic started and we realized that this year`s negotiations would be very different, we sent you a survey to ask for your priorities, given the dire economic situation, which involves a budgetary delay of about $9 billion in the 2021-23 biennug year. While we know that sacrifices are necessary, we are also aware of the basic services that officials provide to all Washingtonians. Our work at the negotiating table is currently aimed at mitigating this sacrifice – preserving jobs and gradually maintaining them, which the state has proposed to freeze over the two-year period. We also have on the table a number of changes to contractual languages, including language, so as not to make unsubstantiated claims in performance evaluations and a shorter timetable for managing to meet holiday requests. We have also managed to maintain the EP-Incentive LSDOT Memorandum of Understanding. In realizing the need for huge budget savings, we have tried to be creative in proposing treaty changes that would boost morale but cost the state little or nothing. Unfortunately, the state has not been sensitive to our innovative proposals. Measures such as casual clothing for Washington State Patrol (WSP) and Saturday`s communications officers for LSR service representatives so they could have a three-day weekend were rejected with apparently little underperformance. But we present to you with humility, ladies and gentlemen, this treaty, without any recommendation, but with the certainty that, in a period of unprecedented uncertainty, we have obtained the best possible treaty.
In the next Parliament, PROTEC17 will continue to work with our labour and community allies to repair the reversed tax structure of Washington State, which represents a disproportionate tax burden on workers. I hope that the new revenue generated by this measure will further mitigate all the reductions needed to revive our state and work for workers. You will find a list of treaty amendments 2021-23 in this summary document and we also have the full red line of agreement for your review. The final contract will be available in the coming months, when state lawmakers approve the budget and the governor signs the final document. Second, we worked hard to reach agreement on other economic and non-economic issues. Instead of proposing a full extension of the contract, we took the opportunity to make some positive changes to the language of the contract described in this summary document. We also have the full red version of the agreement version for your verification. ProTEC17 states voted in favour of adopting the Negotiation Agreement (TA) with the State of Washington for the 2021-2023 collective agreement.