State Workers

Long night yields some TAs, but little progress in priority areas

Your Institutions bargaining team met with management on Wednesday and got tentative agreements (TAs) in two areas. The first TA clarifies that workers have the right to bring a steward with them when expressing concerns of workplace bullying. The second one establishes language that guarantees workers will get a check within three (3) days if there is a payroll mistake that leads to an underpayment of $100 or more.

Unfortunately, management is still unwilling to make sufficient movement in some of our priority areas.

For workers at OYA, we have let management know that when a worker is injured on the job in the course of performing their duties, they deserve the same rights that workers at the Oregon State Hospital receive. What was management’s response? They said they were worried that workers would be dishonest when seeking benefits, even though this isn’t an issue at OSH. Management admitted that workers are hurt by varying degrees all the time – on almost a daily basis – but apparently that is not a good enough reason to make movement at the bargaining table.

For OSH workers, management is still pushing major takeaways for compensatory time off. Although they have admitted that this is not the only – or even the main – reason that there is so much overtime; they have yet to offer any other solution to reduce overtime other than more takeaways! We made major concessions on this issue two years ago, to do our part to minimize the amount of overtime needed to maintain necessary staffing levels – its management’s turn to do their part to figure out a more effective and long-term solution to this problem.

We all need to let our managers know that they need to pass the message up the chain – we will not settle for takeaways and unfair treatment of workers!

We need to stand together for a contract that lifts everyone’s wages by signing the petition for a fair contract! Please turn in completed petitions to your worksite leaders, your SEIU organizer or your local SEIU field office.

Our next bargaining session is Wednesday, June 17 at the SEIU Headquarters office in Salem and all members all encouraged to attend. Bargaining starts at 6:00 pm.

In Solidarity,

Institutions Bargaining Team

Rolando Ramirez, Co-Chair – OYA Woodburn
Brant Johnson, Co-Chair – OSH Salem
Cary Fardal – OSH Portland
Rene Lopez – Pendleton Cottage
Steve Guy – OYA Woodburn
Randy Davis – OSH Salem
Janet Ferris – OYA Tillamook
Jeff Hodson – OSH Salem
Doug Dryden – OYA Albany
Kerry Rechiro – OSH Salem
Jose Moreno – OSH Salem, Alternate
Dan Smith – OSH Salem, Alternate
Dan Ferguson – OYA Woodburn, Alternate
Donna Blakely – OYA Salem, Alternate
Mike Hurd – OYA La Grande, Alternate
Brad Fairbank – Pendleton Cottage, Alternate
Jamaal Anthony, SEIU 503 Staff
Molly Malone, SEIU 503 Staff

Contact your Institutions bargaining team at InstitutionsCoalition@seiu503.org.

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State Makes Some Movement – But Not Enough!

The State gave us a new economic proposal and although they made some movement, it is not enough! They increased the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in the second year from 1.5% to 2% – so there would be a 1.5% COLA on Dec. 1, 2015 and a 2% COLA on Dec. 1, 2016. They are still saying no to adding steps to the top of every pay scale and no to raising the floor to $15/hour. Their proposal does not give us the wage increases we are due.

The State has backed off its healthcare proposal that capped the employer’s premium contribution, leaving us to shoulder the full burden of future increases. They now want a 94% employer – 6% worker split on healthcare premiums with a 99% employer – 1% worker split on the least cost plan. Increasing our premium share to 6% on most plans is a big NO – we are holding the line at 5%.

We still have not received a proposal from the state about the PERS Pickup Buy Out. [PERS Pickup FAQ / PERS Pickup Video]

Now is the time to sign our petition for a fair contract! This month we will be delivering these petitions to management underscoring the following two points. No shifting premium costs to us – we will not move off 95% – 5%. Secondly, we need wage increases that lift everyone! Now is the time.

The Bargaining Team is hitting the road next week for our roadshow. We will be visiting worksites and attending regional meetings across the state. Also look for the Flying Squadron over the next two weeks, as they will be joining actions from Coos to Pendleton! We bargain again on June 17 and 18.

In Unity,

State Worker Central Table Bargaining Team

Steve Demarest – Employment Department, Co-Chair
Mary Stewart – Department of Revenue, Co-Chair
Wayne Ground – Department of Human Services / Oregon Health Authority
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
Heather Conroy – SEIU 503 Executive Director
Heather Blankenheim – SEIU 503 Staff

Contact your bargaining team at stateworkerbargaining@seiu503.org.

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Working through the night spells SUCCESS for Specials Coalition!

The SEIU bargaining team persevered through another long night to reach a tentative agreement settlement with management this week. Members from a number of agencies joined us, and we were successful at packing the room. Those members showed our labor strength, testified how important the contract was to them, and helped us achieve a great settlement.

The SEIU bargaining team made it clear to management that we were fighting for language to benefit both parties. Here’s a list of what we accomplished:

Article 45.5: Coalition language that requires internal job openings to be posted a minimum of seven (7) days and a mechanism to get feedback about the hiring process for unsuccessful candidates. Previously, there was a smattering of different requirements for different agencies, or no language at all. Three agencies had more than seven (7) days for postings and were able to retain their language. We will continue working to bring all agencies to an even higher standard. We also won language that now allows employees to request a medical hardship lateral transfer.

Article 61.5: Employees will now be able to retain their banked sick leave when taking a leave of absence without pay (LWOP). Previously ALL leave banks would need to have been exhausted before taking LWOP. This proposal was the hardest fought for by the team, as it was a major priority for members on the bargaining survey. The bargaining team dug in and after exchanging multiple proposals, we came out with a HUGE win.

Letter of Agreement: Agreement to form a task force of union and management that will investigate implementing “year-round pay” for academic-year employees at the Department of Education. If the payroll challenges can be worked out, academic-year employees would be able to pro-rate their salaries by 9, 10, or 12 months beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.

Letter of Agreement: To continue the employee recognition programs at the Oregon Medical Board and Department of Consumer Business Services, and form labor-management committees to make improvements to those programs.

Article 58.5: New language allowing employees to be paid or receive comp time for holidays that occur on the worker’s normally scheduled day off.

Article 121.5: More options for employer-paid education, training and career development, and protections to prevent management from cancelling approved trainings. We also added language that requests that training/education will not be arbitrarily denied and language that all agencies will advocate for and promote career advancement.

Article 10.5: Increases the number of stewards for the Department of Education and the Health Licensing Boards. Adds the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), a newly formed agency, into the Specials contract.

What we were able to hold the line on:

Management backed off the proposal that would have given Appraiser Analysts at the Department of Revenue a one (1) year trial service. We blocked severe limitations proposed by management to the temporary schedule modifications and we blocked management’s attempt to eliminate the posting of vacancies on the bulletin boards at the Department of Administrative Services.

With member support, the Specials bargaining team had some huge wins and beat back a number of proposed takeaways. Thanks to everyone who participated throughout this bargaining process.

In It Together,

The Specials Coalition Bargaining Team

Mary Stewart, Revenue, Eugene – Central Table
Sandi Kalin, DAS, Salem – Central Table
Mike Forrest, Ag, Salem
Roberta Laux, Ag, Salem
Carolyn Briggs, Blind Commission, Portland
Lloyd Perez, BOLI, Portland
Dan McKay, DAS, Salem
Steve Walsh, DAS, Salem
Jim Beck, DCBS, Portland
Dianna Janowski, DCBS, Salem
Michael Elliott, Education, Salem
Karen Harrison, Education, Salem
Sam Ko, Education, Salem
Keary DeBeck, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Kathleen Lamar, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Nita Goss, Medical Board, Portland
Dolores Vance, OHCS, Salem
Mary Lang, PERS, Tigard
Susan Mundell, PERS, Tualatin
Flor Morales, Revenue, Salem
Jessyca Stafford, Revenue, Eugene
Ann Reed, State Library, Salem
Matthew Garrett, Teachers Standards & Practices, Salem
Leah Rickert, Veterans Affairs, Salem
Susan Douthit, Water Resources, Salem
Ronald Kohanek, Water Resources, Salem
Shawna Akin, SEIU 503 Staff
Veronica Miller, SEIU 503 Staff

Contact your Specials Bargaining Team at Specials@seiu503.org.

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Bargaining update: The sun rises over the Specials Coalition…

After a marathon 10+ hour bargaining session, your Specials Coalition Bargaining Team made significant progress toward a settlement. While there are still a number of issues on the table, Tentative Agreements were reached on important issues:

  • Significant adjustments to current contract language to integrate the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), a newly formed agency, into the contract;
  • A Letter of Agreement forming a task force to work on compensation plans for the Department of Education, allowing academic-year staff at the Oregon School for the Deaf and the Youth Correction Education Program to prorate their pay over 9, 10 or 12 months. The task force will work out payroll issues with the intention of implementing full-year pay options, if found to be possible, to go into effect by the 2016-17 school year. This issue has been brought to the table during many bargaining sessions and each time has been turned down by management, so this is a HUGE VICTORY!
  • Increasing the number of stewards allowed for the Department of Education and in all Health Licensing Boards that have more than 25 employees.

The Bargaining Team once again took up the long-standing and hard-fought issue of overtime assignments and pay at the Department of Agriculture. Members from the Department of Agriculture testified at bargaining and provided petitions in support of their position. Unfortunately, management refused to be moved. This is one fight we will need to continue throughout the next two years and again at the next bargaining session.

Next Tuesday (May 19) is likely to be our last bargaining meeting for this contract, and we have some key proposals to move forward and close. In order to make these proposals wins for workers, we must PACK THE ROOM! Management needs to understand that we are determined to have positive outcomes, so members from across the coalition need to be in the room with us!

Pack the Room for Specials Coalition Bargaining!
Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.
SEIU 503 Headquarters (1730 Commercial St SE, Salem)

Contact Shawna Akin at akins [at] seiu503 [dot] org for more information and to RSVP

Mediocre contracts are won with good negotiations. Outstanding contracts are won with overwhelming support from the membership. You make it happen — please join us next Tuesday and help close out Specials Coalition bargaining with solid wins on our remaining proposals!

In It Together,

The Specials Coalition Bargaining Team
Mary Stewart, Revenue, Eugene – Central Table
Sandi Kalin, DAS, Salem – Central Table
Mike Forrest, Ag, Salem
Roberta Laux, Ag, Salem
Carolyn Briggs, Blind Commission, Portland
Lloyd Perez, BOLI, Portland
Dan McKay, DAS, Salem
Steve Walsh, DAS, Salem
Jim Beck, DCBS, Portland
Dianna Janowski, DCBS, Salem
Michael Elliott, Education, Salem
Karen Harrison, Education, Salem
Sam Ko, Education, Salem
Keary DeBeck, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Kathleen Lamar, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Nita Goss, Medical Board, Portland
Dolores Vance, OHCS, Salem
Mary Lang, PERS, Tigard
Susan Mundell, PERS, Tualatin
Flor Morales, Revenue, Salem
Jessyca Stafford, Revenue, Eugene
Ann Reed, State Library, Salem
Matthew Garrett, Teachers Standards & Practices, Salem
Leah Rickert, Veterans Affairs, Salem
Susan Douthit, Water Resources, Salem
Ronald Kohanek, Water Resources, Salem
Shawna Akin, SEIU 503 Staff
Veronica Miller, SEIU 503 Staff
Contact your Specials Bargaining Team at Specials@seiu503.org.

 

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Making progress on non-economics, but no movement on healthcare or wages

DAS Bargaining 051215What do temporary work schedule modifications, the right to arbitrate    violations of the Workplace Harassment Policy, domestic violence victim leave, telecommuting, Ban the Box, and access to permanent jobs for seasonal workers have in common? They are all issues that we succeeded in reaching agreements on in bargaining yesterday! After fighting for years, we are excited to win the ability for all state workers to “flex” their time to accommodate personal and family needs. Requests to “flex” will no longer be arbitrarily denied. We are encouraged we are making progress on other non-economic issues too.

However, the State has made no changes to its economic proposal and continues to propose the same health insurance language that members resoundingly said “NO!” to two years ago. This was a bad deal then, and it’s a bad deal now. Shifting the risk of healthcare premium increases onto us by capping the amount the State pays is simply unacceptable.

We need you to add your voice to the growing number of state workers who are objecting to shifting healthcare costs onto workers and are standing together for a contract that lifts everyone’s wages by signing the petition for a fair contract! At a time when we earn 84 percent of what private sector workers earn, we need to lift wages for everyone. Please turn in completed petitions to your worksite leaders, your SEIU organizer or your local SEIU field office.

We will bargain again June 2 and 3 when we expect to hear responses to salary increase proposals that were made around specific job classifications. The following week we will be on the road visiting worksites across the state sharing updates in person and hearing directly from you as we head into the final phase of bargaining.

Don’t forget to sign the petition today!

In solidarity,

State Worker Central Table Bargaining Team

Steve Demarest – Employment Department, Co-Chair
Mary Stewart – Department of Revenue, Co-Chair
Wayne Ground – Department of Human Services / Oregon Health Authority
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
Heather Conroy – SEIU 503 Executive Director
Heather Blankenheim – SEIU 503 Staff

Contact your bargaining team at stateworkerbargaining@seiu503.org.

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Support Institutions bargaining – sign the petition for a fair contract!

Institutions Team 02Your Institutions bargaining team met with management on Thursday, May 7 and had a long night of passing proposals back and forth. Management is still refusing to back off on their takeaway proposals around comp time, sick leave, and holiday pay. We’ve been clear with them that we won’t stand for Institution workers being treated differently than every other state worker!

Your Institutions bargaining team met with management on Thursday, May 7 and had a long night of passing proposals back and forth. Management is still refusing to back off on their takeaway proposals around comp time, sick leave, and holiday pay. We’ve been clear with them that we won’t stand for Institution workers being treated differently than every other state worker!

Despite the takeaway proposals, we do feel progress was made on other issues.

Please take a moment to sign the petition for a fair contract – or check in with a CAT in your worksite.

Our next bargaining session is scheduled for 6:00 pm on May 13, 2015 at SEIU 503 Headquarters in Salem. All members are welcome to join us.

In Solidarity,

Institutions Bargaining Team

Rolando Ramirez, Co-Chair – OYA Woodburn
Brant Johnson, Co-Chair – OSH Salem
Cary Fardal – OSH Portland
Rene Lopez – Pendleton Cottage
Steve Guy – OYA Woodburn
Randy Davis – OSH Salem
Janet Ferris – OYA Tillamook
Jeff Hodson – OSH Salem
Doug Dryden – OYA Albany
Kerry Rechiro – OSH Salem
Jose Moreno – OSH Salem, Alternate
Dan Smith – OSH Salem, Alternate
Dan Ferguson – OYA Woodburn, Alternate
Donna Blakely – OYA Salem, Alternate
Mike Hurd – OYA La Grande, Alternate
Brad Fairbank – Pendleton Cottage, Alternate
Jamaal Anthony, SEIU 503 Staff
Molly Malone, SEIU 503 Staff

Contact your Institutions bargaining team at InstitutionsCoalition@seiu503.org.

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Fight for 15 photo contest winner

DCBS-Workers’ Compensation Board workers entered the winning photo in our In It Together photo contest. Congratulations to these workers and everyone who submitted such great photos.

“Last year, we really stepped up and received a great contract for our efforts,” explained Thomas Taylor from the winning worksite. “Actions like unity breaks helped us get there. With the current bargaining offer, it’s more important than ever to keep everyone informed and updated and to let them know we’re in it together!”

DCBS-WCB will receive a framed copy of their photo for their worksite and it will be featured at the SEIU 503 Salem office. The spirit and enthusiasm everyone has shown is critical to our ability to win a fair contract and a fair shot for all Oregonians. We’re In It Together, so keep up the great work and stay involved!

Photo (left to right): Debrea Howard, Nancy Coffelt, David Blank, Brooke Stice, Mary DeVoursney, Andrea Hiscocks, Justin Herr, Kayleen Atkins, Thomas Taylor, Autumn Blake and Margie Stice.

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PERS pick-up buyout proposal FAQ

What is the 6 percent pickup and how did it come to be?

Prior to 1979, state workers paid 6 percent of our wages towards PERS. In 1979, during bargaining, we accepted a proposal from the State to pay the 6 percent into our PERS accounts, which increased member take-home pay even though wage rates remained the same because members no longer had to pay the 6 percent out-of-pocket.

What is our proposal?

Rather than the state continuing to “pick up” the 6 percent by paying it directly into our PERS accounts, these funds would be transferred back to the employee’s pay and then transferred, as a pre-tax deduction, into the employee’s PERS account. Any additional payroll tax, and increased PERS contribution, incurred as a result of the “buy back” would be covered by an additional 1 percent paid by the state into the employee’s pay. The intent is that this would be a zero cost to members.

PERScomparison

How would this benefit us?

There are a number of ways this would be in our best interests. First, it would be an additional benefit for OPSRP members (those hired on or after August 29, 2003, also known as Tier 3), as it would translate into a higher average final salary. Currently, Tier 1 and 2 members already have the 6 percent pick-up counted toward their final average salary, but OPSRP members do not.

In addition, pay and benefits that are based on your wage rate would increase; this includes IAP contributions, overtime, out-of-class and lead differentials, vacation payouts, and Social Security calculations. For example, if you work overtime or have a pay differential, this could put more money in your pocket.

Previous attempts to end the 6 percent pick-up would have resulted in an equivalent pay cut for all PERS members; this issue was a central cause of the 1995 strike by state and higher education workers in Oregon. Because we prevailed in striking down the recently passed PERS COLA cap in court, there have already been proposals to end the 6 percent pick up in a way that would not hold us harmless, but would instead entail some sort of pay cut (i.e. legislation allowing for negotiations over splitting the pick-up, or eliminating it altogether at our own expense).

Does this mean a pay increase for me?

No. There would basically be no change in total compensation. It would, however, increase your IAP contributions, overtime pay, out-of-class and lead differentials, vacation payouts, and Social Security.

If this doesn’t put more money in my pocket, why do it?

Besides the fact that the current system suppresses retirement income for OPSRP members, the Bargaining Team is making this proposal as a defensive measure aimed at protecting member retirement for the future.

The Bargaining Team has made proposals to “put more money in pockets” including:

  • A cost-of-living increase on July 1 of each contract year that would be equal to the consumer price index plus 2 percent, with a minimum increase of 2 percent and a maximum increase of 6 percent
  • Steps in each year of the contract
  • Maintaining the current health insurance language
  • Adding two steps to the top of the pay scale
  • Creating a $15 minimum wage for all state employees
  • Working with the State to examine and address the gap in pay that exists between women and men who do jobs with similar skill levels

Would the PERS buy back impact my ability to qualify for public assistance or increase garnishments or other payments I am required to make?

It’s not possible to speak to all circumstances. If you are impacted by an income-based benefit or payment plan, you’ll need to consult with whoever oversees your benefits or payments. Be sure to tell them this is a “pre-tax retirement benefit.”

Is this a new idea?

No. The idea of buying out the 6 percent has been discussed at bargaining tables and in the legislature for years. Many unions, including our fellow members at Portland Public Schools and most firefighter and law enforcement bargaining units, have already adopted a buyout because they saw it as being in their best interests. Our bargaining team believes this is the best way to secure our retirement.

Why now?

This concept is a carry-forward from previous bargaining sessions and the current Bargaining Team recognizes the time is right and winning the proposal is crucial. At the Bargaining Conference held on Sunday, January 25, this proposal was brought forward to the assembled delegates. The delegates in attendance understood the importance and supported moving this forward.

Timing is critical as we face huge attacks on Unions and public workers. These attacks are focused on collection of dues, the right to collectively bargain and the ability to have a secure retirement.

How would it work?

See chart above. If we were to agree to this framework, our bargaining team would need to negotiate the details, including effective date and implementation.

How would this impact my dues and other payroll deductions?

Any deduction based on a percentage of your wages would be impacted. On the income side, overtime, wage-based differentials, vacation payouts would benefit. Similarly, dues would go up a small amount: For every additional $100/month you earn, your dues would go up $1.70. For example, if you make $40,000 a year, your dues would likely go up between $3.40 and $3.90/month, depending on exact terms of the buy-out.

Would I be able to pay that money into a 401k of my choice or use it otherwise?

No. By law, the 6 percent must be paid into your IAP account either by the employee or the employer.

How will this impact my income taxes?

While the funds are part of your income, they are not reported in Gross Income for tax purposes. The deduction is handled on a “pre-tax” basis just as your portion of your insurance premium is handled; therefore, it will have a negligible impact on your income taxes.

For information on PERS, there is a wealth of information on the PERS website, including the following benefit comparison chart:

http://apps.pers.state.or.us/pers238/a-z_project_chapter_238.htm

This FAQ was updated May 6, 2015, and will continue to be updated as more information is available.

PERS video

A short animated clip explaining the past and the future of PERS:

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ODOT Coalition Continues Wins on Call Back Compensation

Our Union bargaining team came to a few tentative agreements in our last bargaining session. Employees in ODOT, DMV, OPRD, and ODFW will now have the option of designating call back compensation as compensatory time or cash. The team also negotiated language designed to ensure Temporary Inmate Crew Coordinators at Forestry receive compensation when breaks and lunches cannot be taken. We are also happy to report that the OPRD Office Coordinator differential will be extended through our next contract.

As we enter the month of May in this bargaining process, the team needs members to be visibly involved in bargaining. You can engage by attending bargaining sessions, being willing to speak to union proposals, or helping organize worksite actions that demonstrate your commitment to supporting the proposals being bargained for on your behalf.

As always, any member is welcome and strongly encouraged to attend bargaining. We meet on all bargaining dates at 5:00 p.m. at the Forestry Headquarters on State Street in Salem. If you want to attend, please RSVP to Keith Quick at quickk@seiu503.org or Ahjamu Umi at umia@seiu503.org in order to ensure we have enough food to provide dinner for you and every member in attendance.

Location:

Oregon Department Of Forestry
2600 State Street, Building C
Salem, OR 97301

Dates:

5/12, 5/26 & 6/23
(Please note the cancellation of the 6/9 bargaining date)

In Unity,

The ODOT Coalition Bargaining Team

Noel Magee, ODFW-HQ, Salem – Co-Chair/Central Table Team
Mike Scott, ODOT, Grants Pass – Co-Chair/Central Table Team
Katherine Gile, DMV-Lana Ave HQ, Salem
Gail Boatman, DMV, Cave Junction
Dianna Honeycutt, DMV-Lana Ave HQ, Salem
Peggy Howard, DMV-Lana Ave HQ, Salem
Brandon Ferguson, Forestry-South Fork Forestry Camp
Jim Neuman, Forestry, Tillamook
Dave Wells, Forestry, Tillamook
James Reed, ODFW-HQ, Salem
Jill Smith, ODFW, Astoria
Micki Varney, ODFW-HQ, Salem
Patrick Hatfield, ODOT-4040 Fairview Industrial, Salem
Craig Johnston, ODOT-Lawnfield, Portland
Craig Lankford, ODOT-Astoria Drawbridge, Astoria
Donna McKeever, ODOT-Mill Creek Bldg, Salem
Steve Hernandez, Parks, Silver Falls
Dan Icklan, Parks, Cove Palisades
Peggy Rinck, Parks-N Mall Office Winter St, Salem
Keith Quick, SEIU 503 Staff
Ahjamu Umi, SEIU 503 Staff

Contact your ODOT Bargaining Team at ODOTCoalition@seiu503.org.

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Long night, BIG wins for Specials Coalition

In a significant change from the last bargaining session, where there was little movement and many proposed take-aways, management came to the table Tuesday night willing to work towards an agreement. After passing proposals back and forth, the Union bargaining team had the following wins:

  • Improved language regarding education, training and development of employees to foster career development.
  • Employees will have the right to choose whether to receive pay or compensatory time for holidays on normally scheduled days off.
  • We held the line on the probationary period for Appraiser Analysts at six (6) months.
  • We blocked any changes to language regarding temporary schedule modifications.

Custodians from the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) came to the table to testify about job postings and seniority promotion language within DAS. They made it clear that not all employees of DAS have access to computers, the kiosks that are available are outdated and often offline, and that the ability to see open positions would be impossible for many without hard copies of job announcements being posted throughout the agency. It was also made clear that the elimination of the seniority language at DAS in regards to promotions was unacceptable.

Management appeared unaware of the number of problems with discarding the bulletin board job posting language, and it is the team’s hope this testimony will be helpful in retaining the current contract language.

In order to continue this work, the team needs your help! Come join the team at a bargaining session, purple up on Wednesdays, and sign up for an upcoming Lobby Day! Also, if you are an employee of the Department of Agriculture, please sign the petition regarding overtime and seniority. You can contact a member of the bargaining team for a copy.

In Unity,

The Specials Coalition Bargaining Team

Mary Stewart, Revenue, Eugene – Central Table
Sandi Kalin, DAS, Salem – Central Table
Mike Forrest, Ag, Salem
Roberta Laux, Ag, Salem
Carolyn Briggs, Blind Commission, Portland
Lloyd Perez, BOLI, Portland
Dan McKay, DAS, Salem
Steve Walsh, DAS, Salem
Jim Beck, DCBS, Portland
Dianna Janowski, DCBS, Salem
Michael Elliott, Education, Salem
Karen Harrison, Education, Salem
Sam Ko, Education, Salem
Keary DeBeck, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Kathleen Lamar, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Nita Goss, Medical Board, Portland
Dolores Vance, OHCS, Salem
Mary Lang, PERS, Tigard
Susan Mundell, PERS, Tualatin
Flor Morales, Revenue, Salem
Jessyca Stafford, Revenue, Eugene
Ann Reed, State Library, Salem
Matthew Garrett, Teachers Standards & Practices, Salem
Leah Rickert, Veterans Affairs, Salem
Susan Douthit, Water Resources, Salem
Ronald Kohanek, Water Resources, Salem
Shawna Akin, SEIU 503 Staff
Veronica Miller, SEIU 503 Staff

Contact your Specials Bargaining Team at Specials@seiu503.org.

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