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BSIP Project Kicks Off - 13 New Members Hired!

BSIP Project Kicks Off - 13 New Members Hired!

July, 2002
BSIP Project Kicks Off - 13 New Members Hired!
With the BSIP getting into high gear, a wave of new employees are coming on board to backfill project positions, and fill other vacancies. 13 new Bargaining Unit employees have been hired in the last 60 days! Shop Stewards are scurrying about, getting all the new employees signed up with the Union.

New Union Members who have signed up this month include: Jayne McCartney, Purchasing Analyst with Purchasing; David Nelson, ADSA with Customer Service; Vladimir Schwab, CST with Central IS; Dale Stubbart, ADSA with Customer Service; Debra Sims, CSA with General Services Fleet; Nina Oliver-Jones, ADSA with General Services; William O'Neil, CST with T&D Planning, Paul Vincent, CST with Public Works; John Hargis ADSA with the BSIP; and welcome back to Paul Federighi, Principal Tech CSP of BSIP, who has recently returned from working at AT&T Wireless, to lead the SAP BASIS Team.

SAP Training Complete, On to Configuration!

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Business Analysts Approve Accretion Deal

Business Analysts Approve Accretion Deal

Bargaining Team members Laurel Campbell, Mary Hodgman, Laurie Mayfield and Vickie Crumbley-Fulmer count the ballots on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.

On Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 Business Analysts from the City of Tacoma voted 17 - 5 to accept the City’s offer to accrete them into the Local 120 City of Tacoma unit. This was an improved offer over the one rejected by the Business Analysts on November 15th.

This new offer includes PTO/Sick-Vacation conversion rights, restoration of longevity pay, Appendix A placement, abolishment of the 'quarter-step' pay plan, replaced by a 6 step pay range, overtime eligibility for the BA-I's, BA-II's and most importantly, the BA-III's. No wage adjustments were included in the offer.

This historic vote brings to a close a 9 1/2 year long struggle with the City to give overtime pay, longevity pay and seniority rights to the Business Analysts. It started in June of 2002, when the City embarked on the Business Systems Improvement Project, and pr... Read More

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City Agrees To Hire New Union Developers - Cap Gemini Outsourcing 2001

City Agrees To Hire New Union Developers - Cap Gemini Outsourcing 2001

March, 2001
By John Ohlson, Local 120
Due to the hysteria over the 'Y2K Bug', TPU Customer Service management decided they needed to hire an outside consultant to 'fix the bug' in our mainframe computer systems, which still had 2-digit years in the software. The contracted with Cap Gemini, who proposed to run our 'Spaghetti Code' through their 'Knowledge Base', that would sort out all of the problems and fix everything in time for Y2K.

Local 120 leaders challenged that this work needed to be farmed out to contractors, and negotiated a deal with TPU, that provided for the hiring of new Union Software Developers for every consultant that was brought on site. The letter of agreement that was reached by Union negotiators resulted in the hire of three new Union Members: Kathy Palon, Cliff Haydon and one other employee.

The negotiations between Customer Services management and Local 120 ended in October, with the signing of a joint agreement between Labor & Management, that limits... Read More

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City Bargaining Unit Elects Policy Chair

City Bargaining Unit Elects Policy Chair

At the May 17, 2012 bargaining unit meeting, City of Tacoma Bargaining Unit members elected Manuela Pinckney as their new Policy Chair, replacing longtime Chairman John Ohlson, who is retiring on June 1st, after 30 years with the City. He had been Policy Chair for 14 years, since being elected to the position in 1998.

Manuela, who goes by the nickname 'Manie', is a Senior Technical IT Analyst with the Tacoma IT Department. An 11 year employee with the City, she is active in political matters and has a keen eye for issues that affect our members.

We welcome Manie to the Executive Board, and she will join the City bargaining team in the ongoing seniority negotiations.

Update: January 2015, The City bargaining unit is still looking for a new Policy Chair, interested parties should Contact us.

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City Loses Citywide Bumping Arbitration, Celeste Returns To Work!

City Loses Citywide Bumping Arbitration, Celeste Returns To Work!

By John Ohlson, President, Local 120
September, 2007
Local 120 Recording Secretary Celeste Suliin Burris has won her grievance arbitration, challenging the City's assertion that there are no city-wide bumping rights when employees are laid off.

Celeste was laid off in July 2006, as part of a massive staff cut requested by City management. She filed a grievance against the city because past practice has been to allow employees to bump across departmental lines in the event of a layoff, yet she was not allowed to bump when her position was eliminated. The Union presented various pieces of evidence supporting our claims, including written policies, memorandums, and city web pages that all acknowledged city-wide bumping rights for employees.

As a result of the win, Celeste will have her employment status at the city restored, will receive back pay, and will retain the right to bump the least senior employee in her classification.

Update: 9/24/07: The Tacoma Fire Department has... Read More

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City of Tacoma Members Approve Merger with Click! Broadband Technicians

City of Tacoma Members Approve Merger with Click! Broadband Technicians

August 19, 2010
The results of our recent Unit Merger election, which combines the 9 member Click! Broadband Technician unit with the 159 member City of Tacoma unit were reported by PERC on August, 19, 2010.

In the Click! unit, there were 9 votes for the merger and 0 votes against it.
In the City of Tacoma unit, there were 99 votes for the merger and 6 against it.
80 Yes votes were required to win from the COT Unit, and 5 for the Click! unit.

The merger increases the City of Tacoma bargaining unit to 168 members, the third largest in the City of Tacoma. The merger brings greater strength to our Union, and provides greater bargaining power to both units.

Click! management fought fiercely to stop this merger, spending thousands of dollars in legal expenses and manager's salaries to hold a hearing back in March, to fight against holding this vote. Their claim was that these employees did not share a 'community of interest' with other Local 120 members, even though they do ... Read More

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Local 120 COT Unit Approves 2006 City Offer - Union Wins on Key Issues

Local 120 COT Unit Approves 2006 City Offer - Union Wins on Key Issues

3/30/2006
By John Ohlson, Local 120 President
Union wins on key issues: No Pay Cuts and 2006 COLA.
Local 120 Approves City offer:
85 to Accept
14 to Reject

Unbelievable! We had a huge turnout at the February 7, 2006 informational picket rally, with over 60 Union members present. IBEW, SEIU, Teamsters, Jobs With Justice and Longshoremen were all walking the line with us.

We marched around City Hall and filled the City Council Chambers to standing room only capacity. Brock Logan, Celeste Suliin Burris and John Ohlson gave speeches describing our issues to the Council members, while they listened intently.

All in all, it went extremely well, and the next day, the City offered a 1% increase in the 2006 COLA. A further amended 'best and final' offer was tentatively agreed to on March 17th, which effectively dropped the pay cuts from the City's deal. Union officials see this as a win-win solution to end the protracted negotiations, which have gone on for 27 months.

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Members Reject 2005 City Offer

Members Reject 2005 City Offer

At the November 1, 2005 Local 120 City Bargaining Unit meeting (by far the most heavily attended Unit meeting in the last 10 years), Union members voted overwhelmingly to reject the City's current offer by a vote of 57 to 7.

This clear mandate sends the Union Negotiating Team back to the table with a clear message for the City; we won't accept the City's stance of no COLA for 2006, and their inflexible position on the AOR issues.

In a desperate attempt to influence Union members, City negotiators used the City's intranet home page to announce to the entire city that they were done negotiating.

Not to be fooled, the Union members rejected this ploy with a 57 to 7 no vote.

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