PARKS Area Report 8/2018

1-    Met with C&M workers to discuss issues that have developed as a result of area management

Update: Based upon concerns brought to my attention I am evaluating another method of approving or providing feedback from maintenance workers to ensure they have a voice.

Working with the Board to address these concerns. A local meeting is being scheduled to determine support/non-support for the area management concept.

Working on strategies to ensure C&M personnel feel as if they have a voice in the impacts for them associated with Area Management. Visiting Parks, specifically evaluating contracting out concerns relative to maintenance and vendors.

Update: Requested management update on classification questionnaires so we can follow the work. 

We are working through management’s presentation of the work and what classification is responsible for what. We will be bringing in a team C&M folks to decipher what classifications are actually doing.

Dates are being established to meet with C&M across the state to determine the breadth of work being performed. These updates are critical to getting folks banded correctly.

2-    Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate .01 FTE  Ground and Nursery Specialist

3-    Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 1.0 FTE Maintenance Specialist 4

4-     Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 1.97 FTE Heavy Equipment Operator Supervisor

5-    Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 5.0 FTE C&M Project Specialist

6-    Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 13.0 C&M Project Leads

7-    Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 7.0 Park Ranger 3

8-    Filed DTB Area Management: Eliminate 2.0 WMS Band 2/ Eliminate 5 Park Ranger 4

9-    Un-armed Rangers met to discuss implications surrounding the agreement to mandatorily arm. Management substantially changed their opportunities for unarmed position with Area Management.

10- Lunch with Commissioners to develop strategic political relationships is moving forward.

11- Preparing for Law Enforcement Sub Committee : Soliciting agenda items

12- Internal Member Summit to address concerns related to mandatory arming and defensive tactics is being scheduled. Area management cannot be resolved prior to this meeting.

Rescheduled do to potential governmental shut down


13- Monitoring reduction in force due to legislators failure to agree on a capital budget

14- Filed Demand to Bargain over uniforms.

August 29, 2018

Ton Johnson Labor Advocate Washington Federation of State Employees 1212 Jefferson Street, Suite 300 Olympia, WA 98501

 SUBJECT: Demand to Bargain #18-156 - New Uniform Standards

 Dear Ton:

Thank you for meeting with us last week and working with Parks to reach an agreement on uniform standards.  The input from Dennis Felton and Jim Harms was also appreciated and valuable.  This is to outline our new agreement on uniform standards and it replaces or supersedes any previous MOU, practice, or agreement related to uniforms for the following job classes: • All positions in the Construction and Maintenance Project series  • All positions in the Maintenance Mechanic series • All positions in the Equipment Operator series  • All positions in the Equipment Technician series  • All positions in the Truck Driver series • All positions in the Natural Resource Specialist series  • All Park Aide positions • All Senior Park Aide positions • All positions in the Custodian series • All positions in the Grounds and Nursery Services series  • All park-based positions in the Program Specialist series • All park-based office support positions (Office Assistant series is used) • All Headquarters front-desk positions (Customer Service series is used)

 The new uniform standards are outlined below.  Key agreements from our discussion include: • The requirement for employees to wear Parks logo clothing (shirts and outerwear) will begin in January 2019 and will coincide with the availability of the self-service online ordering system available through Correctional Industries or the current contract vendor. Parks will make an announcement to employees at that time. • In the meantime, and effective immediately, employees who need coats, shirts or other uniform items will make a request, and orders will be placed manually and counted against the clothing allotment below.

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• The agency will implement the new clothing and footwear stipends effective with the October 10th paycheck.   • Parks will send communication to staff immediately about the new uniform standards and will also be clear that PPE is separate from uniform requirements.

Parks Uniform Standards – effective January 2019  

These standards do not include Rangers or Interpretive positions, as these are covered by the current Law Enforcement manual.

 The goals of the WSPRC uniform policy is that staff appearance meets the following elements:

• Identifiable  (all provided upper body wear will have Parks logo on the upper left chest) • Professional • Appropriate for the job duties

General Uniform Requirements:

• All staff are required to wear agency provided upper body items when working (shirts, jackets) • Staff are not required to wear the ball cap, but may not wear a non-parks ball cap or similar hat in lieu of the agency ball cap.  Other non-agency hats designed for cold or wet weather may be worn for those conditions. • Employees are responsible to ensure their clothing is clean and in good condition (i.e., no noticeable rips, stains, or excessive fading) while working.

Uniform Item Allotment & Replacement Schedule and Additional Uniform Requirements:

All positions: Construction & Maintenance series Maintenance Mechanic series Equipment Operator series Equipment Technician series Truck Driver series Natural Resource Specialists series

Style / Description Quantity Frequency

Shirt Work (button front), Polo, or T-Shirt; short or long sleeve Color options:   Black, tan, navy, dark green

6 initially

2 per year after

1 year

Outerwear (permanent and career seasonal staff only)

Work Jacket, style and weight options Color options:  Black, tan, blue

1 3 years

Safety Vest Orange

1 3 years

Headwear Ball Cap – green

1 1 year

Clothing stipend $ 200  1 1 year

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For pants, raingear, coveralls (permanent and career seasonal staff only) Boot stipend (permanent and career seasonal staff only)

$250    1 2 years

All positions: Park Aide Senior Park Aide Custodian series Grounds & Nursery Services  series

Style / Description Quantity Frequency

Shirt Polo (two weight options), short or long sleeve Color:  Dark green

Perm/career seasonal: 4 initial

2 per year after

 Non-perm: 2

1 year

Outerwear – (permanent and career seasonal staff only)

Three-in-one style jacket, one style Color:  Green

1 5 years

Headwear Ball Cap – green

1 1 year

Clothing stipend – employees working 6 months or less / year

$75 1 1 year

Clothing stipend – employees working in excess of 6 months / year

$150 1 1 year

Boot stipend (for permanent and career seasonal employees in these classes for whom maintenance duties are primary)

$150 1 2 years

Additional Uniform Requirements Pants:  Must be full length and solid color – denim, blue, black, or tan Footwear:  Must be closed-toe and sturdy Shorts:  May be worn when temperature exceeds 80 degrees, or at lower temperatures as authorized by Park Manager.  Length must be between mid-thigh and knee, and must be solid color – denim, blue, black or tan. Safety vests: Will be available in park offices. All park-based positions:     Program Specialist series      Office Assistant series All HQ front desk positions -     (Customer Service) Style / Description Quantity Frequency Shirt Dress (button front) or Polo; short or long sleeve Color options:  Dark green, navy, light blue, tan

 4 initial

 2 per year after 1 year

Outerwear (permanent and career seasonal staff only)

Three-in-one style jacket, one style Color:  Green

1 5 years

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*Uniform items that are worn out or destroyed before the replacement date may be replaced.  Replacement will require written justification with verification from the program/area manager and authorized by the Region Manager for field staff and Cross State Maintenance Manager for the region based maintenance crews and the Marine Crew.

 Thank you again for the good faith bargaining that resulted in these uniform standards. I am closing my file on this matter. 


Shea Gomez Labor Negotiator

Cc:  Mike Sternback, Assistant Director  Ed Girard, Operations Manager  Becky Daniels, HR Director

Update: Parks Summit held and we have agreement on a path relative to classification concerns derived from area management. We met with the administration, presented our plan, and management agreed to work collaboratively toward those outcomes. Meetings are being scheduled now to create an admin Ranger series in affect a safe harbor for unarmed rangers, rangers injured in the line of duty, and another career path.

Proposed to management the concept of a parallel track of unarmed rangers. Received well. Management has counter proposal and the meeting is scheduled for January 3, 2017.

First round of bargaining held on Area Management.