SHB 1516

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

As of March 31, 2011

Title: An act relating to improving and measuring performance of the management of the state ferry system.

Brief Description: Concerning the performance of state ferry system management.

Sponsors: House Committee on Transportation (originally sponsored by Representatives Morris, Armstrong, Rolfes, Clibborn, Fitzgibbon, Liias, Maxwell, Appleton, Sells, Eddy and Smith).

Brief History: Passed House: 3/03/11, 91-7.

Committee Activity: Transportation: 3/31/11.


Staff: Janice Baumgardt (786-7319)

Background: The Legislature has directed the Washington State Ferry system (WSF) to adopt adaptive management practices in its operating and capital programs in order to keep costs as low as possible, maximize utilization of existing assets, and continuously improve the quality and timeliness of service.

Bargainable issues for WSF unions include hours, wages, benefits, and working conditions.

The Marine Employees Commission (MEC) is the agency that processes grievances for WSF unions and provides arbitration services. In grievance arbitration, the employee organization determines whether the issue will be resolved through arbitration.

Summary of Bill: The bill as referred to committee not considered.

Summary of Bill (Proposed Amendment): Issues that may be bargained by WSF unions are defined as hours, wages, benefits, shift bidding, scheduling leave time, and grievance procedures. The rights of management are defined and cannot be bargained.

Captains, Deck Officers, Chief Engineers, and Terminal Supervisors are part of management.

WSF management must meet twice yearly with union employees and encourage an open and direct exchange of ideas and concerns between line employees and WSF management.

Performance measures are defined, and WSF is directed to develop, by September 30, 2011, targets to be attained for these measures by June 30, 2013. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee will audit and determine whether the targets are met. If the targets are not met, the Governor, with consensus from the chairs and ranking minorities of the transportation committees of the Legislature, is to appoint a Governor's Management Representative who is to develop a 12-month corrective action plan within 60 days.

All functions of the MEC are transferred to the Public Employment Relations Committee and MEC is abolished. Both the employee organization and the employer must agree to have an issue resolved through arbitration.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Requested on March 29, 2011.

Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.

Effective Date: The bill contains an emergency clause and takes effect immediately.