PORT OF SEATTLE 

 

MEMORANDUM

 

 

COMMISSION AGENDA 

 

Item No. 

6a 

 

Date of Meeting 

August 25, 2009 

DATE:

 

August 12, 2009 

 

 

 
TO:

 

Tay Yoshitani, Chief Executive Officer  

 
FROM:

 

Gary Schmitt, Labor Relations Director 

 

 
SUBJECT:

 

Request authorization for the Chief Executive Officer to execute a new Collective 
Bargaining Agreement between the Port of Seattle and International Brotherhood 
of  Teamsters  Local  Union  No.  763  representing  Police  Commanders  (formerly 
Police Captains and Lieutenants).

 

 
BACKGROUND 

This  Agreement  covers  6  positions  (5  occupied/1  vacant)  within  the  Port  of  Seattle  Police 
Department.    On  July  8,  2009,  the  Public  Employment  Relations  Commission  certified 
Teamsters  Local  763  as  the  new  representative  for  Police  Commanders  (formerly  Police 
Captains & Lieutenants with Teamsters Local 117). 

With  this  Agreement,  the  Port  has  achieved  significant,  positive  changes  in  the  organizational 
structure of the POSPD.  This Agreement allows the flattening of the command staff from three 
supervisory tiers to two supervisory tiers, which follows recommendations by outside experts for 
restructuring  the  POSPD,  and  it  changes  Commanders  to  overtime-exempt  salaried  employees.  
A  further  economic  concession  this  Agreement  provides  for  is  an  elimination  of  2  vacant 
bargaining  unit  positions  (from  8  positions  to  6  positions).    Effective  July  19,  2009,  the 
Agreement also provides for wages only slightly above other nearby jurisdictions (1.2 percent) in 
a  very  competitive  and  lucrative  job  market  for  law  enforcement  officers  (see  included  “Wage 
Comparables” chart).   
   

BUSINESS STRATEGIES 
 

This  Collective  Bargaining  Agreement  supports  the  Port’s  strategy  of  “High  Performance 
Organization.” 

 
SCOPE OF THE AGREEMENT 

 

Term: 

 

 

Three (3) Years:  January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2011. 

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