DES Area Reports

Department of Enterprise Services

10/2018

ULP filed:
(Still Pending) Installation of Monitors – DES emailed and informed me that the Washington State Patrol went ahead and contracted out the installing of the monitors at the Helen Sommers Building. Which did not allow DES to meet and bargain over this matter.

Filed DTB:
Nothing to report

Did Not File DTB:

Mulch Blowing at 14th and Jefferson – DES does not have/own the required equipment (truck, hoses, etc.) necessary for our members to perform the work in a safe manner.

Highways and Licensing Building Plumbing Emergency – This was an emergency situation, Flohawks was brought in to help assist the Plumber (our member) with the work.

Mole Abatement – DES will allow our members to “shadow” the contractor, which allow our members to obtain additional knowledge and skills, regarding the various materials and methods for them to utilize in future abatement situations; which would allow DES and B&G to retain this type of work in-house.

Emergency Tree Removal in Sylvester Park (corner of Legion and Washington) – This was an emergency situation, and requires a specialized skill set, equipment, etc.

CP Accessibility Training – The Contracts and Procurement Division (CP) will be requiring all of their staff to complete LMS Accessibility Trainings in order to help the division become compliant with accessibility requirements outlined in the DES Accessible Digital Services and Technology Policy #ETS.03.01.

The following accessibility trainings in LMS will be required:

  • WA State Create More Accessible Email Messages in Outlook
  • WA State Create More Accessible Excel Workbooks
  • WA State Create More Accessible Powerpoint Slides
  • WA State Create More Accessible Word Documents

They are 15-20 minutes each and there is no test at the end; LMS just identifies if you watched the whole video. Once everyone has completed training, the team will provide support to the division by updating current Desk Manual documents and developing additional tools and resources to be placed on the Desk Manual.

Temple of Justice Backflow – This work has not been historically performed by WFSE members

Settled DTB:

Contracting Out Deschutes Parkway Re-striping – DES agreed to have WFSE members at DOT perform this work.

Withdrew DTB:

Nothing to Report

8/2018

ULP filed:

(Still Pending) Installation of Monitors – DES emailed and informed me that the Washington State Patrol went ahead and contracted out the installing of the monitors at the Helen Sommers Building. Which did not allow DES to meet and bargain over this matter.

Filed DTB:

  1. Contracting Out Deschutes Parkway Re-striping – DES is proposing to contract out all wok associated with this project.

Settled DTB:

  1. Conduit Repairs – DES agreed to have our members perform the work.
  2. Electrical Switch Changes at Helen Sommers Building – This is a Capital project and will be contracted out. However, DES agreed to allow all five (5) of our Electricians observe / work on this project, so they could gain the experience necessary to perform the work in the future.
  3. Tree Removal at LNI – Members agreed this work is outside of their scope and requires a specialty handling hazardous trees and height.
  4. World War II Memorial - DES agreed to have our members at the very least observe this project, and possibly assist with the work.
  5. LEOM Repairs - DES agreed to have our members at the very least observe this project, and possibly assist with the work.

7/2018

ULP filed:

(Still Pending) Installation of Monitors – DES emailed and informed me that the Washington State Patrol went ahead and contracted out the installing of the monitors at the Helen Sommers Building. Which did not allow DES to meet and bargain over this matter.

Filed DTB’s:

  1. World War II Memorial
  2. Law Enforcement Memorial
  3. LEOM Repairs
  4. Tree Removal at LNI
  5. Conduit Repairs
  6. Electrical Switch Changes at Helen Sommers Building

Did Not File DTB:

  1. Solar Array – This is an ESCO project for ESD
  2. Irrigation Repairs – Our members are not equipped to work in the confined spaces between HRB and HLB
  3. Electric Vehicle Maintenance – If the BU performed the work, it would’ve voided DES’s warranty
  4. NRB Rotunda Window – This was an emergency repair, as this broken window posed a Safety/Security issue/concern
  5. Korean War Memorial – The mulch blowing at this memorial is difficult to reach, and B&G does not have the proper equipment to reach it. This requires a specialized truck that has a 200’ hose reach.

6/2018

ULP filed:

Installation of Monitors – DES emailed and informed me that the Washington State Patrol went ahead and contracted out the installing of the monitors at the Helen Sommers Building. Which did not allow DES to meet and bargain over this matter.

Closed DTB’s:

  1. 1500 Jefferson Building – Members working in Internal Facilities assisted with this move, and the move was completed on June 9, 2018.
  2. Cooling Tower - The parties agreed to allow DES to move forward with the contracting out of the Cooling Tower project, as this project falls under ESCO. DES acknowledges that the following work/tasks associated with the Cooling Tower, are historically performed by the Bargaining Unit.
  • VFD in Electrical
  • Fan Motor
  • Catwalk

5/2018

Settled and closed the Building and Grounds – Uniform Policy DTB. DES / B&G will update their uniform policy with the following changes:

  • Delete the reference to “gender specific,” and “smocks.” – Employees will be able to select any style of work jeans / slacks. DES will provide a woman’s cut for work jeans and/or slack.
  • Add language: “5 work shirts allotted, 1 hooded sweatshirt can be substituted.”
  • Add language: “Signature can be authorized in the eMOF application. These items are not to be worn in place of pants and shirts. These optional uniform items are considered in addition to standard uniform:”
  • Modify language: (Raingear) – Delete: “top, bottom:” Add: “to include hooded jacket, pants or bib.”
  • Add language: “Muck boots” – This is available to all employees as needed.
  • Modify language: (Exempt Employees) – Delete: “Visitor Services staff, Custodian 5’s” – This is no longer applicable.

Filed DTB’s on the following Notices:

  1. 1500 Jefferson Building – DES is proposing to contract out the work relating to the moving of offices at DCYF (approx. 100 employees) into the 1500 Jefferson Building. The proposal is to hire a moving company to help (support) the DES BU employees with this move .
  2. Installation of Monitors – DES is proposing to contract out the work relating to the installation of 42 TV monitors in various rooms for WSP.  DES is stating, “the current BU doesn’t have the capacity to perform the work, and that they have exceeded their allotted reimbursable hours.”

Did not file a DTB on the following Notice:

  1. ESD Mulch Blowing – The CR and members has confirmed this type of work has been contracted out in the past.
  2. Irrigation Repairs / East of OB 2 - The CR and members has confirmed this is a big project and should be contracted out. However, the Union has maintained and upheld that the work associated with saw cutting, line repair / replacement and excavation has been historically performed by BU members

4/16/18 (Thomas Wray)

Held a DTB regarding the Construction of a Security Cage at the Modular Building. We were able to get DES to confirm that this work has historically been performed by the BU, and an agreement that DES would supply WFSE with the following information:

  1. A breakdown of rates relating to how much DES pays to its vendors, from FY July 2017 to current.
  2. The total hours lost (BU not working of projects) as a result of contracting out BU work, from FY July 2017 to current.
  3. A list of all “requests” for reimbursable work that are handled/ go through Work Management and/or Asset Management.
  4. A cost analysis between BU members performing the work versus outside contractors performing the work, from FY July 2017 to current.

Resolved the DTB re: Tree Trimming. Resolution was to allow DES to move forward with contracting out the work, but allow our members to take part in the project for the purpose of obtaining additional training.

Withdrew the DTB re: the Emergent Plumbing work at the L&I Building, due to our members not being available to perform the work and our member had attempted to fix the issue, but was unable to resolve the plumbing issue.

4/16/18 (Sherri-Ann Burke)

The next UMCC is scheduled for March 26th.  Agenda items requested were Rate Changes – Structure and Impacts; Budget; and an update on the North Cascade Ctr. We have several DTB’s outstanding for maintenance work at various campus buildings.   This agency will be transitioning to the new Labor Advocate.  

2/19/18 (Thomas Wray)

On February 19, Herb Harris settled the ULP by securing a $10,000.00 settlement for the members, payable by no later than February 28, 2018, and will be equally distributed amongst the members. Additionally, “DES agreed (in the future) to meet its obligation to notify WFSE in-accordance with the parties contract, and provide an opportunity for bargaining regarding mandatory subjects of bargaining.”

2/19/18 (Sherri-Ann Burke)

On January 29th, we had the quarterly contracting review meeting, we are closely monitoring the hours and type of work.  We discussed three (3) Demands for Bargaining to discuss regarding potential contracting.  Since then we have received notice of several other contracting issues, tree trimming, electrical work, and fire shutters.   Although staff have the skill set for all three issues the staff shortage from the previous layoffs will result in some contracting at inflated private sector rates.