About 75 workers at CODA (a Portland-based addictions and mental health treatment center) who are seeking a fair contract from their employer have been joined in their fight by colleagues from other locals of SEIU 503. Groups set up informational pickets during the lunch hour on Friday, Aug. 31, near the CODA office at 11th and E. Burnside in Portland and also near the CODA office in Tigard.
CODA workers have already accepted a wage freeze and management is insisting on a continued freeze. This informational picket helped show CODA management that workers are united in seeking a fair contract. Everyone is asked to continue to support these workers’ efforts to demand respect and a decent wage.
Workers say low wages contributed to a 37% turnover rate among unionized staff during the first eight months of this year, which puts a strain on delivering the high-quality services and continuity CODA clients deserve.
To help support these workers, please call CODA HR Director Wendi Martin at 503-239-8400 and tell her you support a fair contract with a wage increase and continued community alcohol and drug treatment.
CODA provides treatment for substance abuse, as well as for mental health problems, at sites in Portland, Gresham, Clackamas, Tigard and Hillsboro.