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Business Analysts Vote to Join Local 120!

Business Analysts Vote to Join Local 120!

April 14, 2010, Tacoma, WA
By John Ohlson, President, Local 120 AFSCME

After 8 long years of campaigning, card signing, grievances, arbitrations and more, the Business Analysts of the City of Tacoma's IT Department have voted to join Local 120's City of Tacoma Bargaining Unit.

In a landslide election,
City of Tacoma's IT Dept Business Analysts voted 2:1 to join Local 120

After a 7 day waiting period, the vote becomes final, and the new members begin the process to transition from at-will employees who worked nights and weekends with no pay, to represented workers who will now be able to enjoy standby pay, overtime pay, job security, seniority, layoff protections and time at home with their families on nights & weekends, governed by the 2008 - 2010 Local 120 COT contract.

The new members are part of the 140 member City of Tacoma bargaining unit, which represents IT workers, Warehouse Technicians, Cable TV workers, Buyers, Artists, and Print Shop workers.

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Click! Broadband Technicians Organize With Local 120

By John Ohlson, Local 120 President
July, 2009
I am pleased to announce that Local 120 has grown by nine new members in July, 2009; a majority of the Broadband Service Technicians at Click! Network have signed union cards, and PERC has officially certified Local 120 as their bargaining representative.

Please join me in welcoming the following new members: Gary Vance, Henry Lee, Eric Ortiz, Hong Kim, Bill Goodwin, Ken Cross, Jerry Barrette, Ted VanTyl and Patrick Jacobs.

The new members are awaiting the outcome of a PERC hearing, to determine whether or not they will be merged into our existing bargaining unit, or to create a separate 9 person unit.

This new group pushes Local 120 membership to over 700 members for the first time in many years.

Bill Goodwin and Henry Lee have volunteered to be Shop Stewards for the new group.

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Click! Broadband Techs Settle Contract

Click! Broadband Techs Settle Contract

November 14, 2011
Broadband Services Technicians voted to accept the City's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which upon ratification by the Utility Board and City Council will officially bring the 8 new members under the main Local 120 City of Tacoma bargaining agreement.
The MOU provides for overtime pay, clarification of standby pay language, PTO/Sick Leave-Vacation conversion rights, retroactive restoration of longevity pay to August 30, 2010, withdrawal of take-home vehicles for employees on call, abolishment of the old 'quarter-step' wage scale, replaced by an 8 step pay range, placement in Appendix A of the main contract, and a one-time lump sum payment of $600, to compensate for the removal of the take-home vehicles. No pay adjustments were included.
 
This vote brings to an end a 2 1/2 year process that included 12 months of bargaining, a unit clarification hearing with PERC, a merger election, and a card signing campaign that began in the summer of 2009.

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Quote of the day: "For a worker to refuse to belong to a union is not to exercise a democratic freedom. It is to accept benefits that others have worked for without contributing to the costs. Democracy flourishes only when freedom is accompanied by responsibility." (Australian Bank Employees Union).


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