Contracts and Negotiations
Represented workers have a voice
Workers have the right to organize a union to negotiate wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.
Union members have the right to receive all the benefits achieved by the union in negotiating employment benefits with your employer.
With WFSE, you’re empowered with the most effective representation available for state employees and workers in the public service.
WFSE provides representation on individual concerns and on concerns shared by you and your co-workers. WFSE represents employees:
The union helps members with day-to-day problems, as well as reallocation requests, classification and pay issues, and monitoring attempts to outsource public services.
Union contracts protect our rights
Collective bargaining is the process we use to negotiate contracts that determine terms of employment such as pay, benefits, hours, leave, job health and safety policies, ways to balance work and family and more. Collective bargaining is one way we solve workplace problems.
During negotiations, the input and support of members is key to winning strong contracts. Bargaining teams for each contract are elected from and by union members covered by that contract. Union staff assist as negotiators. Members consider proposed changes to the contract as well as which articles they’d like to preserve.
The bargaining teams then produce a final package of proposals that are presented to management as initial contract proposals.
Negotiations continue through multiple rounds with each side offering proposals and counter proposals until a tentative agreement is reached. Once a tentative agreement (TA) is reached, the ratification process begins.
Members vote to accept or reject the tentative agreement offered by the bargaining team. Ratified agreements that require state funding* are then forwarded to the Office of Financial Management for inclusion to the governor’s budget proposal to the Legislature. *All WFSE contracts except our NLRB contracts require legislative funding.
A critical next step is funding our ratified contracts. Our contract is introduced as a part of the governor’s budget proposal considered by the Senate and House where the budget is amended and debated until final passage. Member Lobby Days organize members and prepare them to engage their senators and representatives about funding the contracts.
Together, the contract is enforced during its tenure.
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