After two long years of negotiations, PROTEC17’s Airport Duty Managers (ADMs) at the Port of Seattle have reached a tentative agreement (TA) on their first contract!
The group of 15 employees who work at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport contacted PROTEC17 back in 2021 to express their interest in organizing. Among their top concerns were scheduling and establishing a pay scale that would serve both as a recruitment and retention tool, but also provide some consistency with their pay. Now, with their new TA, they have achieved just that!
The agreement establishes a wage scale that will attract and keep top talent. ADMs will also receive backpay adding up to 8% and 6% increases in 2022 and 2023 respectively, and will be placed on the new wage scale in May of this year. They were also able to solidify ‘Awarded Time’ – a type of compensatory time for salaried employees – as well as language that allows for partial-day absences without loss of pay.
The group used Interest-Based Bargaining in coordination with the Public Employee Relations Commission to establish a scheduling pilot program – components of which have already been implemented.
Of course, the most important win of this new contract is that ADMs now have a voice on the job – with ‘Just Cause’ language, and a robust Grievance process to ensure fair treatment embedded in the contract.
The ADMs will be voting in January.You can find out the latest at protec17.org/member/port-of-seattle. If you have questions about the TA or the voting process, please reach out to PROTEC17 Union Representative Sarah Lorenzini at or 206-328-7321 ext. 110. Congratulations Port of Seattle members