CBA Article 3

ARTICLE 3 DUES DEDUCTION 

3.1 Agency Shop 

In accordance with RCW 41.80.100, the bargaining units described in Appendix A, entitled “Bargaining Units Represented by the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW,” shall continue to have an agency shop provision. All nurses covered by this Agreement shall, as a condition of their employment, either become members of the Union and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a fee as described in Subsections A, B, and C below, no later than the 30th day following the beginning of employment. 

A. Nurses who choose not to become union members must pay to the Union an agency shop fee equal to the amount required to be a member in good standing of the Union. 

B. A nurse who does not join the Union based on bona fide religious tenets, or teachings of a church or religious body of which they are a member, shall make payments to the Union that are equal to its membership dues, less monthly union insurance premiums, if any. These payments will be used for purposes within the program of the Union that are in harmony with the nurse’s conscience. Such nurses will not be members of the Union, but are entitled to all of the representational rights of union members. 

C. The Union shall establish a procedure that any nurse who makes a request may pay a representation fee equal to a pro rata share of collective bargaining expenses, rather than the full membership fee. 

D. The Employer will inform new, transferred, promoted, or demoted nurses prior to appointment into positions included in the bargaining unit(s) of the Union’s exclusive recognition and that an agency shop exists as a condition of employment. The Employer shall furnish nurses appointed into bargaining unit positions with a dues authorization form. 

E. If a nurse fails to meet the conditions outlined above, the Union will notify the Employer and inform the nurse that his or her employment may be terminated. 

F. When a nurse provides written authorization to the Employer, the Union has the right to have deducted from the nurse’s salary, an amount equal to the fees or dues required to be a member of the Union. 

3.2 Dues Cancellation 

A nurse may cancel his or her payroll deduction of dues by written notice to the Employer and the Union. The cancellation will become effective on the second payroll after receipt of the notice. However, the cancellation may cause the nurse to be terminated, subject to Subsection 3.1.E of this Article. 

3.3 Indemnification 

The Employer shall be held harmless by the Union and nurses for compliance with this Article and any issues related to the deduction of dues and fees. 

3.4 Nurse Status Report 

A. On a quarterly basis, the Employer will provide to the Union a list of all nurses in the bargaining units. The written list shall contain the personnel area code, nurse’s name, nurse personnel number, mailing address, job classification title, facility, employment status, and personnel sub-code. 

B. On a monthly basis, the Employer will provide the Union with a list of all nurses who have been appointed to, separated from, or promoted out of the bargaining units. The written list will contain the personnel area code, nurse’s name, nurse personnel number, mailing address, job classification title, facility, employment status, personnel sub-code and effective date of the action.

C. The Union shall maintain the confidentiality of all nurses’ mailing addresses. 

© Paul Vilja 2017