Workers who went on a one-day strike last month over failed contract talks at The Evergreen State College have reported reaching a tentative agreement with the four-year liberal-arts school near Olympia. Neither the college nor workers were revealing details but a ratification vote for the 57 union members is set for June 12.
The parties had been in mediation before and after the May 27 strike – with major differences on the college offer of pay increases and rules governing discipline and “just cause” firings. Our last story on the dispute – touching on the college decision to cancel an alumni reunion event last week out of fear of disruption from workers – is here.
The Washington Federation of State Employees, parent union for the Student Support Services Staff unit at Evergreen, announced the agreement in a hotline message to members:
The Student Support Services Staff Union Bargaining Team Thursday afternoon reached tentative agreement on a first-ever contract with The Evergreen State College that includes an acceptable Just Cause and Compensation package. Full details must be shared with the bargaining unit members before they’re released here. If members ratify the contract (an on-campus vote is set for next Wednesday, June 12), that would end any further strike actions. The college’s Board of Trustees also must sign off on the plan.
The team will share information with members tomorrow. Information meetings will be held next week in advance of the ratification vote.
The team continues to thank all Federation members for the support of the strike and other actions that helped break the logjam and achieve this victory.