I am a public employee in Washington state in Union A. Part 1 of my problem: I wish to donate accrued sick leave to another employee in Union B. I will have more than 100 hours in my bank and will donate the maximum I qualify to donate annually (25 hours). My union (Union A) contract states:
"6.4. Sick leave hours. An employee may donate a portion of his or her accrued sick leave to another leave eligible employee provided the donating employee’s sick leave balance will be 100 hours or more following the donation. The donation will occur following written approval from both the donating and receiving employee’s directors. An employee may not donate more than 25 hours of accrued sick leave in a calendar year. 6.5. Calculation of Donated Vacation and Sick Leave. All donated vacation and sick leave hours shall be converted to a dollar value base on the donor’s straight time hourly rate at the time of the donation. The dollar value will then be divided by the receiving employee’s straight time hourly rate to determine the actual number of hours received."
Union B (the intended recipient's union) contract states: "Section 15 Sick Leave Donation: B. Each calendar year, an Employee who has more than 100 hours of sick leave may donate a maximum of 24 hours, in eight-hour increments, to individuals employed by [my public employer]. C. Donated sick leave becomes the property of the recipient. Donated sick leave may not be cashed out by the recipient upon retirement. Sick leave may be donated only to an individual employed by [my public employer] who has exhausted or will have exhausted, within five calendar days following the receipt of the donation request in the Payroll Section, his/her sick leave. D. A UNION Employee who donates leave to another UNION Employee does so on an hour-for-hour basis, meaning that one hour of donated leave becomes one hour of received leave, regardless of the pay rates of the donor or the recipient. E. If a UNION Employee donates leave to a [my public employer] employee who is not represented by the UNION, the recipient of the leave will be governed by the rules that normally apply to the recipient of the leave. If a [my public employer] employee who is not represented by the UNION donates leave to a UNION Employee, then the UNION Employee's receipt of the leave is administered by the terms of Paragraph D."
I earn $50/hr. I contend that I should be able to donate 25 hours to the recipient (who earns $25/hr) and the recipient should receive 50 hours of sick leave. The recipient's payroll dept contends that the recipient can only receive 24 hours and that is all I can donate.
I contend that parts B & C of Union B's contract doesn't apply to me, a non-union member of theirs. (Part A addressed other types of leave donations). I contend the only part of Union B's contract that applies in my situation is the second sentence in E (all punctuation is that which is in the contract). "If a [my public employer] employee who is not represented by the UNION donates leave to a UNION Employee, then the UNION Employee's receipt of the leave is administered by the terms of Paragraph D." Paragraph D makes no mention of the 24 hour maximum, and as such, the recipient should receive the full 25 hours I donated. Also, although it (Union B contract) is specific to how the number of hours is calculated, my union contract (Union A) is also very specific.
I contend that as the donating person, my union contract takes precedence (as it was my intention to donate according to the contract I am employed by) over the recipient's union contract where there is a direct conflict.
What is the law on situations such as these? Would a judge need to determine the solution or can the Human Resource department of the recipient make a binding ruling on this? Should I consult my union? should I consult a labor attorney? Any other suggestions on how to handle this so that the recipient will receive 50 hrs.
Part 2 of my problem: The recipient is a member of Union B, but for the last 3 months has been in an officially sanctioned Special Duty Assignment (SDA) in Union C. Union C & my union Union A negotiate their labor agreements as a unit along with several other unions and both are under the MLA (Master Labor Agreement). Because of the SDA in a union different that Union B, the recipient was not eligible for benefits specific to that union this past month. Also, HR required the recipient to agree to and sign this statement among others. "You may be required to pay dues to multiple unions depending on the arrangements between your current union and the union that represents the Special Duty position." I contend that it is not legal in my state to require employees to pay dues to one, let alone multiple unions, due to the Supreme Court decision, https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-1466_2b3j.pdf Excerpt: “3. For these reasons, States and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees. The First Amendment is violated when money is taken from nonconsenting employees for a public-sector union ; employees must choose to sup- port the union before anything is taken from them. Accordingly, nei- ther an agency fee nor any other form of payment to a public-sector union may be deducted from an employee, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay. Pp. 48–49”
Am I correct in asserting that the recipient should not be required to pay multiple union dues? Should I consult my union? should I consult a labor attorney?