City Of Seattle

Supporting Each Other

Tonight at Seattle City Hall there is a hearing about to start regarding the proposed basketball arena. We are here to share our views with the City and County. Stay tuned to hear what happens with this issue!

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Notice to City workers on Viaduct alternatives during closure

The following email has been approved for Citywide Broadcast by the Mayor’s Office

Point of contact for this Broadcast:   Eric Mamroth, Employee Transportation Coordinator, 684-5420

Take Charge of Your Commute!

There will be a 9-day closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct starting October 21 at 7:30 p.m. through October 31 at 5:30 a.m.   This closure will affect traffic along the length of the State Route 99 corridor, and long delays are expected on Interstate 5 and other transportation corridors.

The City of Seattle strongly encourages employees to consider alternatives to driving alone to work.  Employees can take advantage of many transportation options including the City’s ORCA card.

Special October ORCA Card Offer: Between now and October 28, employees who do not  currently have the City’s subsidized ORCA card are encouraged to go to the Treasury Operations Office (Seattle Municipal Tower,  42nd floor) between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, to receive a pre-loaded ORCA card tailored to their transit travel needs.  The ORCA card can be used on King County Metro buses, Community Transit buses, Sound Transit Link light rail, Sounder commuter trains and Regional Express buses, Washington State Ferries and the Water Taxi.

Special Vanpool Offer: Alternatively, if you prefer, you can join an existing vanpool or form a new vanpool.   The City will reimburse your October costs. Form a new vanpool and receive a $77 gift card from King County Metro Vanpool .   Try it for two weeks.  When you see how easy it is, you can opt to use your ORCA card subsidy to pay for a Metro vanpool.  For more information, contact King County Metro vanpool: vanpool.information@kingcounty.gov,  206-625-4500.

Please remember: if you currently have an ORCA card and have not used it in the last two (2) months you need to:

1. Verify that your card still works.  To do that, tap it on at ORCA reader on the bus, at a transit center, or at the train platform.

2. If your card does not work, go to the Treasury Operations Office (Seattle Municipal Tower,  42nd floor)  between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to get the card replaced. There will be a $5 replacement fee.

City of Seattle stress reduction discussion

The City Alternative Dispute Resolution Program warmly invites you to join us for:

“A TIME TO TALK”

Come join us for a dynamic and meaningful conversation with fellow employees as we create a respectful and empathetic space for people to talk about the stressful changes occurring in the workplace.*

A TIME TO TALK

Thursday, October 21st,

11:30–1:00 p.m.

Seattle Municipal Tower 4050/60

Coffee and Pastry Provided!

RSVP helpful but not required to: vivien.sharples@seattle.gov

Need more information?  Call 615-1692

Sponsored by the City of Seattle’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program http://personnelweb.ci.seattle.wa.us/Content/Inweb/personnel/programs/adr.asp

*The dialogue process we use is a powerful tool, but it cannot replace the need for information.  This is not an information session.  Take care of yourself, get productive, get information, AND come and talk.

City Contract ratified

In voting yesterday (September 27), members of the Unions in the Joint Crafts Council overwhelmingly ratified the new City contract.  Under the agreement, covered employees will receive raises equal to the actual rate of inflation for 2011, 2012 and 2013, with a minimum of 0% (that is, no wage cut even if we have deflation, meaning that the cost of living drops) and no maximum increase.

More than 50 City Card holders in Local 15 voted, which had a significant impact.  Thanks go out to Ben Radin, Bill Rearick and Mike D’Aberle for coordinating on-site voting at the Microsoft Company Meeting, 5th Avenue load-in and Seattle Center.

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