TEA Times for November 1

The November 1, 2017 edition of the TEA Times newsletter is now on line.

Subject matter:

* Transit Arbitration Decision
* Special Meeting to discuss the Transit Arbitration Decision
* Next Monthly Meeting

The archive version of the page can be found

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TEA Times for October 2

The October 2, 2017 edition of the TEA Times newsletter is now on line.

Subjects matter:

* Annual Election results
* Determining the results
* October Board Meeting Change
* Next Monthly Meeting

The archive version of the page can be found here.

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TEA Times Election Special

The TEA Times Election Special, dated September 6, 2017, is now on line here.

Subjects are the “Meet the Candidates Forum” for Monday, September 11, and candidate statements for Treasurer and Council of Representatives Chair.

The archive version of the page can be found here.

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TEA Times archive updates

TEA Times archives for the past two issues of TEA Times can be found here:

All available archives are available here.

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TEA Times for July 13


  1. Location change for monthly meetings
  2. Upcoming Annual Meeting & elections
  3. Request for donation of leave
  4. Next Monthly Meeting

1. Location change for Monthly Meetings

Since taking over management of the King Street Center, FMD has added fees to some meeting rooms, including the 5th floor’s Harappa and Cloaca Maxima rooms. The conference rooms on the 4th floor do not incur fees so for the forseeable future TEA will hold all meetings in one of the following 4th floor conference rooms: 4-C, 4-D, 4-E, and 4-G. We will try to find a consistent location as soon as we can book it that way (currently all of the three high-capacity rooms have at least one unavailable Wednesday during the next 9 months).

2. Upcoming Annual Meeting & Elections!

TEA’s annual meeting will be on September 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 4-C of the King Street Center. There will be treats! The purpose of the annual meeting is primarily for the election of officers of TEA, for the Secretary to present a summary of the previous year’s events, and for members to raise any concerns or issues for discussion with the board and other members. Attendance is open to Full Members and their guests; participation in the meeting is open to Full Members only. And to repeat: there will be treats!

In accordance with the election cycle in the TEA by-laws (Article VI, Section C., paragraph 2(c)), the following officer positions are open for nominations this year: Treasurer; Wastewater Bargaining Chair; Transit Bargaining Chair; and the Chair of the Council of Representatives. No officer can serve more than two consecutive terms in any one office. Members interested in submitting themselves or someone else for the positions should contact a member of the Nominating Committee. The by-laws are available on the TEA website and contain descriptions of the responsibilities of each of the officer positions. If you have any other questions regarding the election, please contact your Representative.

3. Request for donation of leave

Mohamed Sharif joined King County in October 2016. Mohamed will be taking time off when a new baby arrives (expected in the next few weeks) but he may not have sufficient sick leave to cover the entire planned time off. Anyone wishing to donate leave time to Mohamed should complete a leave donation form—
—then submit the form to the respective Human Resources department for processing. Please review the donor requirements at the webpage above, or on the form itself.

4. Next Monthly Meeting

The next monthly meeting will be held July 19th on the 4th floor of King Street Center in conference room 4-D, Noon-1PM.

Please contact Gillian if you have a specific agenda item you’d like to add.

TEA Board

Alton Gaskill, President
Michael Sands, Vice President
Gillian Zacharias, Secretary
Elizabeth Wright, Treasurer
Roger Browne, Wastewater Bargaining Chair
Jerry Williams, Transit Bargaining Chair
Ken Madden, Council of Representatives Chair

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TEA Times for June 16

The TEA Times has been updated with information regarding –

  • Wastewater Bargaining updates
  • VEBA
  • Vacancies Filled
  • Committee Memberships
  • The Next Regular Meeting

You can read the full content here

Also, we are in the process of updating the Teams and Committees pages. Stay tuned.

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TEA Times for May 15


  1. Wastewater Bargaining
  2. Transit Contract Negotiation Sessions open to members
  3. VEBA
  4. Vacancies
  5. Next Regular Meeting

1. Wastewater Bargaining

The bargaining committee met with the County bargaining representative on April 12 and May 3.
Most of the discussion was about cost of living calculations.
Look for an update on the May 3 meeting at the next TEA monthly meeting, May 17.

2. Transit Contract Negotiation Sessions open to members

Transit’s arbitration hearing begins in June.
The Transit Bargaining Teams will meet with the County on June 5 – 9 and June 26 – 27 and the hearing is open to members.
The location will be The Summit Law Group, 315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 1000, Seattle.


At the last monthly meeting, the Board and attending TEA members discussed whether TEA should be involved in VEBA accounts.
TEA has not recently held a vote to change the current situation, which is that upon retirement:

  • Transit members are not compelled to have VEBA accounts;
  • WW supervisors contribute 35% of unused sick leave and 50% of unused vacation leave (up to 480 hours); and
  • WW non-supervisors contribute the 35% of unused sick leave.

The IRS established rules for implementing VEBA.
Rules do not prohibit non-retirement-eligible members from voting, but TEA has historically chosen to limit votes to those who are eligible to retire.
In the past, TEA had requested a list of eligible people from the County.
The County’’’s webpage on VEBA is:

4. Vacancies

Several committees that are established by TEA bylaws have vacancies.
A discussion of committee vacancies has been added to the agenda for the May 17 monthly meeting.

5. Next Regular Meeting

The next regular meeting will be held May 17 in the 5th floor in the Harappa-Cloaca conference rooms, Noon-1PM.

Please contact Gillian before 10 a.m. on May 17 if you have a specific agenda item you’d like to add.

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