Within the negotiations process, RCW 47.64 and 41.56 provide the ability to bring unresolved issues before an arbitrator. The opinions and awards featured on this page cover Washington State Ferries employees, Child Care Providers and the Department of Corrections.
Links to collective bargaining agreements negotiated by public institutions of higher education are posted here when we receive them. If the university or college name is not linked, we have not received information about their negotiated agreements.
The State Human Resources/Labor Relations Section is under the administrative arm of the Office of Financial Management. This allows for close coordination with all aspects of budget development, revenue forecasting and public compensation and benefit systems, which are all important resources to the collective bargaining process. Contact us with questions about various aspects of public sector collective bargaining and labor relations.
Note: *The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Janus v. AFSCME on June 27, 2018. The primary issue in Janus was whether public employees can be compelled to pay representation fees as a condition of employment. The Court held, "[n]either an agency fee nor any other payment to the union may be deducted from a nonmember's wages, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay."
Collective bargaining is the performance of the mutual obligation of the representative of the employer and the exclusive bargaining representative to meet at reasonable times and to bargain in good faith in an effort to reach agreement with respect to wages, hours and working conditions. The obligation does not compel either party to agree to a proposal or to make a concession.