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Abstract

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

bargaining table.

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