Bike Fund and Childcare Grievances

Background: After contract ratification the GME notified UWHA that they were interpreting our contract by lumping all financial benefits related to bicycling into the $50,000 Bike Program Fund and all the financial benefits related to childcare into the $50,000 Childcare Fund. We submitted a formal grievance with the University on May 10, 2017 arguing that all these financial benefits were intended, at the time of negotiation, to be seperate financial benefits. We met with UW (the GME and Labor Relations) on July 10, 2017 to hold Step II of this grievance on July 10, 2017. On July 18, 2017 we were informed by the Labor Relations department that they were ruling in our favor and granting our grievances. See their letter below:

"On July 10, 2017, UWHA presented Step II grievances regarding the Bike Program Fund and Childcare Expenses. Present at the Step II were Cindy Hamra and the undersigned for the University and Trevor Gessel, Nick Mark, Adam Greenbaum, Asha Pathak and Jordan Chamberlain for the Union.
After full consideration of the case presented, the grievances are granted. I outline the specific details for each grievance separately below.

1. Bike Program Fund – Per Article 25(14), the University will make available $50,000 per year for free helmets for all Resident bike riders, reimbursement of up to $100 per year for bike maintenance costs, and a free annual membership to Pronto Cycle Share. The University will separately award $25 at the end of each quarter to those Residents who bike greater that 80% of the quarter, per Article 25(10).
2. Childcare Expenses – Per Article 1(3), the University will make available $50,000 per year to a Resident childcare fund. Per Article 1(4), the University will separately contribute an amount equal to the difference in waitlist fees between UW Children’s Centers and other affiliated childcare centers. Other affiliated childcare centers include Bright Horizon childcare centers, or other childcare centers or agencies with which the University may establish a formal relationship. The University will separately allow Residents to fully participate in an active contract for Sick Child Care Services, if the University has one. The University shall underwrite the entire daily fee with Residents paying a one-time registration fee of $5 per child, per Article 1(5).

If a Resident submitted a valid request for a) $25 reward for biking greater than 80% in a quarter; b) valid waitlist fee for childcare; or c) valid receipt for participation in Sick Child Care Services, the University shall pay them retroactively back to November 1, 2016.  

Regards,
Kristi Aravena"