In 2002, Washington passed enabling legislation that, for the first time, expressly granted
to the faculty at the state’s public four-year colleges and universities the right to bargain
regarding their terms and conditions of employment. To date, faculty at four of the state’s
six four-year public institutions of higher education have formed unions, and two of those
unions have negotiated first contracts. This paper describes the history of that process,
the legal framework in which it took place, and the issues of greatest importance at the
Connelly, Laurie; Younker, Rodney B. Esq.; Pagels, Gary; McNeil, Gary; and Jennings, Michael
"Implementing Collective Bargaining "Enabling Legislation": Washington Universities Join the Party,"
Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy: Vol. 0
, Article 28.
Available at: http://thekeep.eiu.edu/jcba/vol0/iss2/28