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Business Analysts Approve Accretion Deal

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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 promised to make any new jobs that were created as a result of the project into Union positions.
The City instead chose to use appointive positions in the Management Analyst classification to avoid Union representation for these people. Grievances and a unit clarification hearing with PERC ensued over the following years, but the will of the employees prevailed, and they voted to join the Union in April, 2010.

Big thanks are in order for the bargaining team members Mary Hodgman, Laurie Mayfield, Vickie Crumbley-Fulmer and Laurel Campbell, for their patience, dedication and endurance, as they bargained tirelessly with City negotiators for the past 20 months.

Seniority and Bumping Rights for both the Business Analysts and the Broadband Techs will be negotiated along with the main City of Tacoma bargaining Team, who is currently meeting with City officials to iron out unresolved issues from the Class & Comp negotiations last spring.

The new deal goes into effect upon approval by the City Council.
 
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