BHA WSH Area Reports

8/2018 Thomas Wray

DSHS – Behavioral Health Administration (Hospitals & Forensic Services)

DTB’s Still Pending (Waiting for Meeting to be Scheduled):

  1. OFMHS Building 27 – Met with WSH on August 16 and received an update regarding this matter.
  2. 2.     Expansion of Forensic Ward S4

Filed DTB’s:

  1. Abolishment of 8 Custodial Positions – WSH have proposed to eliminate the graveyard shift, and move all affected Custodians to other shifts, that have vacant positions.
  2. CARLA System for Forensic Evaluators – BHA (WSH & ESH) have proposed to implement Forensic Evaluators input data regarding their patients.

Did Not File DTB:

  1. Contracting Out Radiology – This is an ongoing contract with an outside entity, the members and CR are ok with this work continue being contracted out.

Settled DTB:

7/2018 Thomas Wray

DSHS – Behavioral Health Administration (Hospitals & Forensic Services)

DTB’s Still Pending (Waiting for Meeting to be Scheduled):

  1. OFMHS Building 27 – Next meeting to be held in August 2018
  2. 2.     Expansion of Forensic Ward S4

Settled DTB:

WSH/ESH Night Shift Holiday Schedules

An employee who submitted a vacation or leave request for May 2018-April 2019, in conjunction with a holiday, prior to the announcement of the change in practice, who does in fact have the affect described above, DSHS will “grandfather” them in and utilize the current practice. For all other employees and any subsequent vacation or leave requests, the new method (the date the shift begins will be considered the date of the shift for night shifts) will apply. All other staff and requests will be treated based on the day the shift starts.

6/2018 Thomas Wray

DSHS – Behavioral Health Administration (Hospitals & Forensic Services)

Closed DTB’s:

Reallocation of PBX/Telephone Operators to Security Guard 1 and the PBX/Telephone Operators Lead to Security Guard 3. The following are the settlement terms:

  1. WSH has no intention to require uniforms to be worn by the PBX Operators once they are reallocated to Security Guard 1’s. WSH informed you that if they later decide that a uniform will be required, they will notify you so that discussions can be had regarding issuing of uniforms and uniform standards.
  2. Current PBX Operator employees will remain in the positions and retain their existing appointment status, as outlined in CBA Article 41.4.A.1. Current PBX Operators are currently in permanent appointments. WSH shall increase the base salary of the impacted staff by 10% when the reallocations occurred.
  3. PBX Operators when the reallocations occurred.  WSH will work on developing a schedule that would ensure there were 2 staff members at all times, as required to monitor the various systems. Jay Hofe, WSH Emergency Management Director, will meet with each staff member by seniority to see if they want to retain their current schedule or select from one of the newly created schedules in accordance with CBA Article 3.9.
  4. WSH management will place the existing PBX Operators into non-permanent appointments in the existing Security Guard 1 vacant positions effective April 16, 2018.  The staff will remain in these positions until the reallocation process has been completed. While in the non-permanent Security Guard 1 appointments, the staff will retain the permanent incumbent of the respective PBX Operator position. WSH management shall not abolish any of the positions with permanent incumbents. WSH may abolish the vacant PBX Operator positions identified in the Notice letter sent as an equal number of Security Guard 1 positions have already been created and there are no staff impacts associated with those positions being abolished.
  5. The PBX Operator Lead position was submitted to reallocation as a Security Guard 3. Once the reallocation process related to that position has been completed, the Security Guard 3 position will be posted for bid in accordance with CBA Article 3. This position will function as any other Security Guard 3 and will receive all other training offered to Security Guard 3’s.  The Security Guard 3 position would be eligible for overtime assignments on a voluntary or mandatory basis.
  6. Security Guard 1’s shall not respond to patient / facility emergencies, nor shall WSH management expect nor require Security Guard 1’s to respond to patient / facility emergencies.
  7. Security Guard 1’s will not be eligible for overtime assignments outside of the Central Communications Center. 
  8. Coverage of the Central Communication Center Security Guard 1’s while the staff are on leave or when a vacancy existed. WSH management may use Security Guard 2’s to provide coverage if the Security Guard 2’s has been trained in the Central Communications Center operations.

DTB’s Still Pending (Waiting for Meeting to be Scheduled):

  1. OFMHS Building 27
  2. Expansion of Forensic Ward S4

(Still Pending) WSH/ESH Night Shift Holiday Schedules – Received an offer of settlement from WSH, in the process to working with the CR’s to see if we are agreeable with the proposal. The settlement proposal WSH sent to me, was an agreement they reached with SEIU. The proposal is as followed:

  • If there is an employee who submitted a vacation or leave request for May 2018-April 2019, in conjuction with a holiday, prior to the announcement of this change, who does in fact have the affect described above, DSHS will “grandfather” them in and utilize the current practice. 
  • For all other employees and any subsequent vacation or leave requests, the new method (the date the shift begins will be considered the date of the shift for night shifts) will apply. 
  • All other staff and requests will be treated based on the day the shift starts.

5/2018 Thomas Wray

DSHS – Behavioral Health Administration (Hospitals & Forensic Services)

(Still Pending) Have a Settlement in principle regarding the Reallocation of PBX/Telephone Operators to Security Guard 1 and the PBX/Telephone Operators Lead to Security Guard 3. The following are the settlement terms:

  1. WSH has no intention to require uniforms to be worn by the PBX Operators once they are reallocated to Security Guard 1’s. WSH informed you that if they later decide that a uniform will be required, they will notify you so that discussions can be had regarding issuing of uniforms and uniform standards. 
  2. Current PBX Operator employees will remain in the positions and retain their existing appointment status, as outlined in CBA Article 41.4.A.1. Current PBX Operators are currently in permanent appointments. WSH shall increase the base salary of the impacted staff by 10% when the reallocations occurred.
  3. PBX Operators when the reallocations occurred.  WSH will work on developing a schedule that would ensure there were 2 staff members at all times, as required to monitor the various systems. Jay Hofe, WSH Emergency Management Director, will meet with each staff member by seniority to see if they want to retain their current schedule or select from one of the newly created schedules in accordance with CBA Article 3.9.
  4. WSH management will place the existing PBX Operators into non-permanent appointments in the existing Security Guard 1 vacant positions effective April 16, 2018.  The staff will remain in these positions until the reallocation process has been completed. While in the non-permanent Security Guard 1 appointments, the staff will retain the permanent incumbent of the respective PBX Operator position. WSH management shall not abolish any of the positions with permanent incumbents. WSH may abolish the vacant PBX Operator positions identified in the Notice letter sent as an equal number of Security Guard 1 positions have already been created and there are no staff impacts associated with those positions being abolished.
  5. The PBX Operator Lead position was submitted to reallocation as a Security Guard 3. Once the reallocation process related to that position has been completed, the Security Guard 3 position will be posted for bid in accordance with CBA Article 3. This position will function as any other Security Guard 3 and will receive all other training offered to Security Guard 3’s.  The Security Guard 3 position would be eligible for overtime assignments on a voluntary or mandatory basis.
  6. Security Guard 1’s shall not respond to patient / facility emergencies, nor shall WSH management expect nor require Security Guard 1’s to respond to patient / facility emergencies.
  7. Security Guard 1’s will not be eligible for overtime assignments outside of the Central Communications Center. 
  8. Coverage of the Central Communication Center Security Guard 1’s while the staff are on leave or when a vacancy existed. WSH management may use Security Guard 2’s to provide coverage if the Security Guard 2’s have been trained in the Central Communications Center operations.

Filed DTB’s on the following Notices:

  1. WSH S4 Ward Expansion – WSH has proposed to expand the capacity of Ward S4 from 15 “Conditional Release” patients to 30 “Conditional Release” patients, effective August 31, 2018

DSHS BEHAVIOR HEALTH SERVICES - Sherri-Anne Burke

We met again on February 27th, to discussion outstanding Demands to Bargain on Forensic Data Tracking and Services for Children, workload/productivity goals, video conferencing pilot, and eight other items.

We have several outstanding Demands to Bargain at this time.

  • We are also transitioning to the new Labor Advocate.
  • We had a conference call early March regarding an update to the Trueblood issues and the hardening of Building 27 per the amended settlement. There will be clearly issues of support for the patients of that building in terms of food service, custodial, maintenance, staffing etc to be discussed. In the interim, bids for S-10 are taking place based on seniority and the proposal for allocation changes for the PBX Operators is moving forward.
  • We met on March 12th in an SIA Ad Hoc to discuss the S-10 moves and some other proposals for staffing.
  • We also discussed WSH proposal to have the security officers and a CIBS person take over the armored car transports. Another plan is now being discussed.