DHS

Kenya Richard - DHS/OHA,Gary Durbin - Employment, Gina Santacroce - DHS/OHA, Heather Fairchild - DHS/OHA, and Jack Graham  - DHS/OHA. Standing; Donna Bradley - Employment, James Burke - DHS/OHA, Catherine Stearns - DHS/OHA Co-Chair, Gregg Baird - DHS/OHA, Cindi Houston DHS/OHA, Tia Fraser - Employment, Steve Demarest - Employment, Co-Chair, Lisa Donoho - SEIU Staff and Bobbie Muncrief - SEIU Staff
Who we are…
For the purposes of bargaining, members who work for state agencies are divided into four coalitions: DHS, Institutions, ODOT, and Specials. The DHS Coalition includes the Employment Department, the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services (DHS).


State Workers elect central bargaining team

StateWorkerBTElected bargaining delegates from throughout Oregon met on Saturday to talk about bargaining priorities and strategy, including winning good wages and benefits for state workers and fighting for a fair economy for all Oregonians.

Delegates also chose our union’s leadership team for bargaining. Our elected central table bargaining team is:

Steve Demarest, Employment Department
Wayne Ground, DHS/OHA
Brant Johnson, Oregon State Hospital
Sandi Kalin, Department of Administrative Services
Noel Magee, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Rolando Ramirez, Oregon Youth Authority
Mike Scott, Oregon Department of Transportation
Mary Stewart, Department of Revenue

The elected bargaining team will be joined by Heather Conroy, SEIU 503 Executive Director, and SEIU 503 staff member Heather Blankenheim.

The team will meet soon to discuss our bargaining priorities for 2015-2017. If you are an SEIU 503 represented state worker, please take a few minutes to complete your bargaining survey.

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PEBB announces September face-to-face meetings for 2015 health plans

PEBB has just announced that they will do a series of meetings around the state to inform us about our health care choices for 2015.  Increased communication is something our committee has pushed for and we are glad to see an expanded list of in-person meetings happening prior to October open enrollment.  Click here to find the meeting closest to you – the meetings start this Thursday, Sept. 4th.

As a reminder, there are two big pieces of good news around our health insurance:

  • We will receive our cost of living adjustment (COLA) this month (3 months early!) – the 2% COLA will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2014 thanks to union contract language that puts money unspent on healthcare into our paychecks.  This is a direct result of health care premiums going slightly down in 2015.
  • If full-time members choose the least costly plan in their area, their premium share will be reduced from 5% to 3%.

These steps forward are due to increased member activism around contract negotiations and healthcare, and to effective advocacy by our union PEBB representatives. Despite these gains, we still believe the state has a ways to go in improving our work environments so that we can all be healthier.  We will provide updates as we make further recommendations to PEBB.

In Unity,

Your PEBB Member Advisory Committee (PMAC) Representatives
Keary DeBeck, Labor Chair for the Committee, Dept. of Justice
Cary Fardal, Oregon State Hospital
Wednesday Martin, DHS Vocational Rehabilitation
Shaun Parkman, Oregon Health Authority
Siobhan Martin, SEIU Staff Advisor
PMAC@seiu503.org

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Congratulations to newly-elected officers of Human Services

Our union is proud to announce the results of the Human Services Union Officer, Bargaining Delegate, and General Council Elections.
Officers hold a two year office May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2016

President: Rhonda Morgan
Vice President: Alice Pangburn
Secretary: Betty Holladay
Treasurer: Wayne Ground

Sub Local 201:
Chair: Jonathan Spagle
Vice Chair: Aimee Driskill
Secretary: Jeanna Stellflug
Treasurer: Belinda Bellante

Sub Local 202:
Chair: Sarah Johnston
Vice Chair: Mary Perry
Secretary: Jessica Guadarrama-Torres
Treasurer: Jasmine Metz

Sub Local 203:
Chair: Julianne Fredrickson
Treasurer: Kerri Stepisnik
Secretary: Angela Jacoby
Treasurer: Melany Hammang

Sub Local 204:
Chair: Kristie Hernandez
Vice Chair: Mandee Buen
Secretary: Maria O’Grady
Treasurer: Debora Veronneau

Sub Local 205:
Chair: Mark Stern
Vice Chair: Robert Westermann
Secretary: Araceli Ortiz
Treasurer: Samantha Lee

Sub Local 206:
Chair: Deanna Boylan
Vice Chair:Wednesday Martin
Secretary: Mary Guthrie
Treasurer: Vacant

Sub Local 207:
Chair: Jessica Morris
Vice Chair: Elisha Bready
Secretary: Tracey Anderson
Treasurer: Steven Wesman

Sub Local 208:
Chair: Michael Roberts
Vice Chair: Vanessa Herriott
Secretary: Deborah Salgado
Treasurer: Martin Ramirez

Sub Local 209:
Chair: Elisa Preciado
Vice Chair: Jennifer Maier
Secretary: Carol Ann Shaw
Treasurer: Atha Lincoln

Sub Local 210:
Chair: Rebecca Smallwood
Vice Chair: Moises Hernandez
Secretary: Evelyn Marshall
Treasurer: Debra Meadows

Sub Local 211:
Chair: Vickie High
Vice Chair: Cynthia Potucek
Secretary: Dorybel Herrera
Treasurer: Tracy Lane

Sub Local 212:
Chair: Julie Krajacic
Vice Chair: Chela Navejar
Secretary: Erin Drake
Treasurer: Lolly Torres

Sub Local 213:
Chair: Jennifer Stephens
Vice Chair: Jeremiah Vosler
Secretary: Jeb Oliver
Treasurer: Cassidy Gorham

Sub Local 214:
Chair: Doug Zambrano
Vice Chair: Roger Haro
Secretary: Vacant
Treasurer: Vacant

Sub Local 215:
Chair: Lorene Arias
Vice Chair: Anya Khasanov
Secretary: Vicki Pearse
Treasurer: Kimberly Brown

Sub Local 216:
Chair: Anne Kirby
Vice Chair: Michelle Fort
Secretary: Nicole Meeker
Treasurer: Alanna Johnson

Sub Local 217:
Chair: Tonjia Doeden
Vice Chair: Michel Miller
Secretary: Pat Caldwell
Treasurer: Lisa Baker

Sub Local 218:
Chair: Andie Carmona
Vice Chair: Megan Enbody
Secretary: Bonnie Edmondson
Treasurer: Vacant

Sub Local 219:
Chair: Hillary Booth
Vice Chair: Sarah Hargand
Secretary: Jacqueline Harris
Treasurer: Steven Baird

Sub Local 220:
Chair: Corey Hemphill
Vice Chair: Adonal Arrington
Secretary: Jeff Randall
Treasurer: Jan Mautz

Bargaining Delegates (by number of votes):
Rhonda Morgan, Betty Holladay, Shamus Cooke, Wayne Ground, Michael Roberts, Michel Miller, Bob Allyn, Jasmine Metz, Martin Ramirez, Mary Perry, Carol Dobrovolny, Sarah Johnston

Bargaining Alternates (by number of votes):
Doug Zambrano, Jack Graham, Anya Khasanov, Eric Espinosa, Bruce Kennedy, Vanessa Herriott, Robert Westermann, Farrell Hopkins, Jennifer Stephens, Shelly Morton, Elisa Preciado, Angela Nelson, Latosha Dyson, Samantha Lee, Deborah Rehman

General Council Delegates (excluding auto delegates, by number of votes):
Leela Coleman, Shamus Cooke, Jack Graham, Pat Caldwell, Farrell Hopkins, Jacqueline Harris, Bonnie Anderson, Jessica Guadarrama-Torres, Rebekah Cook, Alanna Johnson, Martin Ramirez, Laura Cole, Angela Jacoby, Belinda Bellante, Jasmine Metz, Robert Hendrick

General Council Alternates (by number of votes):
Maria Correa-Ojeda, Latosha Dyson, Fred Jabin, Paul Peterson, Dana Margosian, Maryann Terpstra, Araceli Ortiz, Tricia Swallow, Shelly Morton, Christina Thompson, Deborah Rehman, Jeanna Stellflug, Angela Nelson, Samantha Lee

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State workers vote to ratify contract

The tentative agreement for the 2013-2015 union contract has been ratified by state worker members. At the ballot count August 17, with just under 5,000 ballots cast, 95% of voters approved the agreement.

We hope you share the pride we feel in the substantial improvements in this contract, as well as in the unity and action demonstrated by thousands of members.  In pickets, purple-ups, strike preparations, and political participation in our communities, the halls of the Capitol and at the ballot box, we demonstrated to management and our fellow Oregonians that we are indeed all “In It Together.”

The next few years will continue to challenge us. There continues to be discussion of a special legislative session later this year to enact further PERS cuts. On the 2014 ballot, anti-union forces are putting forward measures that, if passed, would weaken our collective voice. As we navigate these challenges and prepare for contract negotiations in 2015, we must maintain the great spirit of solidarity—with each other, our clients, and all Oregonians—that propelled us to victory today.

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State Worker Tentative Agreement Summary Video

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State worker bargaining team reaches tentative agreement

For months, state workers have been showing our fellow Oregonians what it means to be “In It Together.”  In hundreds of actions culminating in an overwhelming strike authorization vote, thousands of SEIU 503 state workers sent a loud and clear message that we won’t back down until we have a fair contract.

Our work has paid off. Early this morning, we reached a tentative agreement with the state that we believe is just, returns us to a place of economic stability, and begins to address broader issues Oregonians face.  While we all want and deserve more, we believe that together our campaign brought about the best agreement possible.

Some highlights of the agreement include:

  • Holding the line on 5% premium share, plus a pathway to a 3% premium share in 2015

  • Maintaining the low-wage worker and part-time worker healthcare subsidies

  • Cost-of-living raises of 1.5% effective Dec. 1, 2013 and 2% effective Dec. 1, 2014

  • End step freeze

  • No changes to the 6% pick-up

  • An end to furloughs

  • Healthy workplace improvements, including trauma training, a statewide healthy workplace committee, and enforcement options to address bullying.

More details will be available via email and at www.seiu503.org in the coming days.

Next steps:

  1. Bargaining Conference: On July 27, elected bargaining delegates will come together in Salem to discuss the details of the tentative agreement.

  2. Membership Vote: Following the conference, a ratification ballot together with a detailed explanation of the tentative agreement will be mailed to all state workers in SEIU.  If you are not a member we encourage you to join with your coworkers and have your voice counted by returning the enclosed membership application with your ballot.

In a recent opinion piece in the Statesman Journal, SEIU 503 Executive Director Heather Conroy made the case that the fight for a fair contract is about more than ourselves–it’s about standing up for our clients, our communities, and Oregon’s middle class. We have been honored to help lead that charge as your elected bargaining team, and we look forward to continuing in that struggle with you.

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State worker bargaining update: pushing for the best contract possible

Our team has been back at the table for the last two days.

On Monday, we got some more movement from management.  They’ve moved to 1.5% effective December on the COLAs, better language around contracting out, and they dropped their email ban proposal.

In addition to wages, we’re still a ways apart on the low-wage worker healthcare subsidy, selectives, and the step slide issue.

We’re hoping to reach settlement on a fair contract this week; however, we are preparing to exercise our power next week if need be. Please plan on joining a strike preparation meeting at your local field office this weekend. Offices will be open 9:00-6:00 both days.

We’re back at the bargaining table again tomorrow and will continue to push to get the best contract possible!

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State worker bargaining update: More progress, but not quite there…

Thanks to the dedication of thousands of state workers throughout Oregon—including giving our bargaining team the authority to call a strike if necessary—the State realizes that we’re serious about negotiating a fair contract that returns us to economic stability.

Highlights of Monday’s bargaining session included:

  • Management offering an economic proposal with 1.5% cost-of-living raises (up from management’s last proposal of 1%) in December of each year.
  • On contracting out, the State agreed to provide vital information on all contracts which will better enable us to prevent waste.
  • We were also able to beat back management’s anti-union email ban and now have agreement to stick with current rules.

We took a break from bargaining at 11pm so both parties could review the budget, and will be back at the table Tuesday afternoon. Watch your inbox for an important bargaining update late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

While we’re still hopeful for a fair settlement, it is important we keep up our momentum with strike preparations. Please join us in your local field office this weekend 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for strike captain training and to pick up materials.

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Strike authorization vote passes

The votes are in, the ballots are counted, and SEIU 503 state workers have given our bargaining team the authority to call a strike if necessary. Members voted by participating in dozens of strike authorization vote meetings around the state and by mailing in absentee ballots.

Our bargaining team meets with the State again on Monday, where we expect to have an earnest conversation about healthcare and cost-of-living raises, and we will continue to push the State to get Oregon’s money back from the contractors and Wall Street banks that ripped us off. Watch your inbox for a bargaining update Tuesday morning.

Although the bargaining team hasn’t called for a strike at this time, setting a strategic date is critical. The date of a strike determines how much impact we can have at the bargaining table as well as whether full-time workers can complete their 80 hours for insurance eligibility.

To achieve the most strategic strike date (if necessary), on Friday, July 12, our bargaining team filed a ten-day Notice of Intent to Strike with the Employment Relations Board. This notice is a placeholder to satisfy state labor law requirements, and would allow us to strike as early as July 22. It can be withdrawn if our team reaches settlement, changes the date of the action, or for any other reason.

“We would like to thank the thousands of members who voted on this important matter,” said Dan Smith, a clinical psychologist at Oregon State Hospital and bargaining team co-chair. “We take the responsibility you gave us very seriously, and we are proud to stand with you in holding the line for the middle class.”

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Human Services Coalition Reaches Tentative Agreement

Early Tuesday morning, June 25, our Human Services Coalition made headway at the bargaining table and reached a tentative agreement. Below are some highlights.

We fought hard to preserve your right to choose a steward to represent you in a grievance or fact finding beyond your work site and won.

We fought hard to gain language so that if the need arises you may request to temporarily modify your work schedule to deal with medical appointments and won.

We fought hard to protect workers who are temporarily assigned to other work stations and won.

We also fought hard to improve our language around lateral transfers and won.

Overall we made progress on many issues that started as ideas from bargaining surveys.  Congratulations to those workers who fought hard to win these improvements to our contract. Click here for a list of all issues covered in the tentative agreement.

Though we reached a tentative agreement on many issues at our Human Services Coalition table we still have a lot of work to do at the Central Table to preserve our healthcare, make our work places healthy and get Oregon’s money back. Join us at a local strike authorization vote this week.

In Unity,

The Human Services Coalition Bargaining Team

Catherine Stearns, DHS/OHA; Steve Demarest, Employment;  Donna Bradley, Employment; Cindie Houston, DHS/OHA; Theresa Arndt, Employment; Jack Graham, DHS/OHA; Keren White, DHS/OHA; Heather Fairchild, DHS/OHA; Roland Chlapowski, Employment; Martin Ramirez, DHS/OHA; James Burke, DHS/OHA; Gina Santacroce, DHS/OHA; Gregg Baird, DHS/OHA; Tia Fraser, Employment; Gary Durbin, Employment; Mike Roberts, DHS/OHA

Details of Tentative Agreement

Letter of Agreement (LOA) 21.1C-99-07 – Represented employees in the Employment Department will continue to have the option of using mediation to solve grievable issues.

LOA 00.00-09-166 – The Employment Department will continue to use a performance incentive awards program to encourage quality employment training and placement services for veterans.

LOA 00.00-99-51 – We will continue the Child Welfare partnership program with Portland State University.

LOA 32.1M-99-18 – We sunset this language so that DDS Medical Consultants can now to receive over time rather than just comp time.

LOA 49.1M – The Training Evaluation Labor/Management Committee will continue and represented employees serving on the committee shall be granted a workload adjustment for the time served on the committee.

LOA 10.1-05-119 – The consideration of workload adjustments for DDS Stewards in the Disability Analyst Classification series will continue.

New Letter of Understanding – Educational Opportunities Committee – Creates an option to explore goals regarding possible career enhancement opportunities for both Employment Department and DHS/OHA employees through the Labor Managements Committee process.

LOA 90.1M-11-219 – Language regarding the Imaging and Records Management shift assignments and work schedules will continue as before.

LOA 70.1C-11-218 – We agreed to incorporate classifications within the UI Call Centers geographic area into the contract – This language is no longer considered a Letter of Agreement. We also agreed that the Employer will no longer need to calculate and post lay-off service dates for employees in classifications affected by layoff as long as a vacancy exists (which management intends to fill) within the affected classification within the designated area of layoff.

Article 90.1M – Employees may request in advance to temporarily modify their work schedule within the workweek for personal and family needs, including medical appointments. No request will be arbitrarily denied.

Article 45.1M – Filling of Vacancies – We gained the Employment Department language on lateral transfers where you may apply for a transfer through the state e-recruit system. All interested transfers shall now be considered for the position and if you are not selected for the position you may request and shall receive in writing an explanation of the reasons you were not selected.

Within this Article we also won language in a Letter of Agreement regarding temporary work reassignments. If you are temporarily reassigned to another work site it shall be less than six months and if the assignment is 24 miles or less the employer is required to give you five days-notice when feasible. If the assignment is 25 miles or greater the employer is required to provide you 30 days-notice of reassignment.

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