State Workers

State Workers: It’s time to vote on our contract!

IMG_0127Our state worker bargaining delegates met in Oregon City Saturday and overwhelmingly voted to recommend a “yes” vote on our negotiated contract settlement! Now it’s time for us all to vote on the tentative agreement.
This year, we will be holding face-to-face votes in many worksites, and we will host regional meetings around the state. Everyone will have the opportunity to vote by mail if you are unable to attend a face-to-face meeting. Meetings are scheduled July 22 – August 7. If your worksite is not scheduled for a face-to-face vote, your ballot will be mailed to you by July 24. All ballots are due by 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 17 at our Salem office.
We’re very excited about this tentative agreement. Some highlights include:
  • We more than held the line on healthcare. Starting in January 2016, we will move closer to fully paid healthcare: Most plans will go to a 99 percent/1 percent premium share, while the most expensive plans will stay at 95 percent/5 percent.
  • There will be a 1.48 percent cost-of-living raise on December 1, 2015 and a 2.75 percent cost-of-living raise on December 1, 2016.
  • Retirement security for all state workers. Protecting PERS has consistently been a top priority for our members. After a great deal of work by our bargaining team, the State agreed to buy out the 6 percent pick-up on November 1, 2016. For more information on how the buy-out of the pick up will work, see our FAQ or video.
  • The day after Thanksgiving will be a new holiday for everyone! We’ve emphasized with the state over the last several bargaining cycles the importance of work/life balance and the work our members do in their communities. Our team landed on an extra holiday, which will give people more time with family and community.
  • Click here for complete summary of the tentative agreement.

We hope to see you at a worksite or regional meeting to vote!

 

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State Worker Voting Locations

Face-to-Face Voting

Where to get your ballot

  • If your worksite is listed on the schedule, you will receive a ballot addressed to you at the worksite meeting. If you do not pick up your ballot at the meeting, it will be mailed out immediately following the meeting.
  • If your worksite is not holding a meeting, your ballot will be mailed to your home by July 24.
  • We will not have personally addressed ballots at regional meetings, but you may bring the ballot you received in the mail and turn them in at these meetings (or return by mail any time).

Meeting attendance is not required to vote. Replacement ballots will be available at all face-to-face meetings and in all SEIU field offices. All ballots are due by 5pm, Monday, August 17th at Salem, HQ, 1730 Commercial St SE, Salem.

Click your region to find your face-to-face voting location:

Portland Metro/North Coast

Salem area, Corvallis, and Central Coast

Eugene area, Southern Oregon, and South Coast

Eastern and Central Oregon

 


 

Portland Metro/North Coast
City Worksite Meeting location
(if other than worksite listed)
Date and time
Astoria Astoria Regional Mtg Astoria Labor Temple (934 Duane St.) Tues, 8/4
5:30-6:30
Beaverton DHS – Beaverton Multi
Service Ctr CW
Weds, 8/5
12:00-1:00
Beaverton DHS – Beaverton Multi
Service Ctr SS
Weds, 8/5
12:00-1:00
Beaverton Employment – Pdx UI Center Weds, 7/29
11:30-1:00
Clackamas DHS – N. Clackamas SS/CW Tues, 8/4
11:30-1:30
Gresham DHS – Gresham CW Thurs, 7/23
12:00-1:00
Hillsboro DHS – Hillsboro APD 5300 NE Elam Young Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Hillsboro DHS – Hillsboro Multi Service Center CW 5300 NE Elam Young Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Hillsboro DHS – Hillsboro Multi Service Center SS Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Hillsboro DHS – Hillsboro Proc Center Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Hillsboro Justice – Hillsboro 5300 NE Elam Young Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
McMinnville DHS – McMinnville Cw, Ss, Vr Weds, 7/22
12:00-1:00
McMinnville Employment – McMinnville 368 NE Norton Weds, 7/22 12:00-1:00
Oregon City DHS – Oregon City APD Thurs, 8/6 12:00-1:00
Oregon City DHS – Oregon City SS and CW Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Oregon City Justice – Oregon City Thurs, 8/6 12:00-1:00
Portland Portland
Regional Meeting
SEIU 503 Portland office
(6401 SE Foster Rd)
Thurs, 7/30
5:30
Portland Admin Services – Maint & Cust Pdx Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland BOLI – Portland Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland DCBS: OR OSHA Portland Office Thurs, 7/23
12:00-1:00
Portland DCBS – Workers Comp Board Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland DHS – Alberta CW, SS & Integrated SS Weds, 7/22
12:00-1:00
Portland DHS – Metro Processing Center Weds, 7/29
12:00-1:00
Portland DHS – Portland East CW Weds, 8/5
12:00-1:00
Portland DHS – Portland Midtown Cw Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Portland DHS – SE Portland Ss & Vr Thurs, 8/6
12:00-1:00
Portland Employment – North Portland Weds, 7/22
12:00-1:00
Portland Health Boards – Bd Of Pharmacy Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland Health Bds – Mortuary/Cemetery Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland Health Bds – Radiological Techs Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland Oha – Psob Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland Revenue – Portland Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Saint Helens DHS – St. Helens Cw Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Saint Helens DHS – St. Helens Dso 500 N Hwy 30, Ste 220 Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Saint Helens DHS – St. Helens Ss 500 N Hwy 30, Ste 220 Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Saint Helens Employment – St. Helens 500 N Hwy 30, Ste 220 Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Tigard Pers – 68th Ave Tigard Tues, 7/28
12:00-1:00
Tillamook Tillamook Regional Meeting Main Street Pizza
(2205 N Hwy 101)
Weds, 8/5
5:30-6:30
Tualatin Employment – Tualatin Weds, 7/22
12:00-1:00
Tualatin PERS – Tualatin Weds, 7/29
12:00-1:00

Salem area, Corvallis, and Central Coast
City Worksite Meeting location
(if other than worksite listed)
Date and time
Albany OYA – Oak Creek Youth Correctional Large Conference Rm Mon, 8/3
1:30-3:30
Corvallis Corvallis Regional Papa’s Pizza
1030 SW 3rd St.
Weds, 7/29
5:00-7:00
Dallas DHS – Dallas Ellendale CW 177 SW Oak Street Weds, 8/5
12:00-1:00
Dallas DHS – Dallas SS Weds, 8/5
12:00-1:00
Keizer DHS – Parkway Thurs, 7/23 11:45-1:15
Keizer DHS – North Salem VR 3406 Cherry Ave Thurs, 7/23 11:45-1:15
Newport Newport Regional DHS – Newport SS
120 NE Avery St.
Weds, 7/29
5:00-6:30
Salem Admin Services – 1225 Ferry Building Mt Mazama Room Thurs, 7/23 12:00-1:00
Salem Admin Services – 1240 Ferry Building 1225 Ferry St, Mt Mazama Room Thurs, 7/23 12:00-1:00
Salem Admin Svcs – Main/Cust Slm Day/Shft 1225 Ferry St, Mt Mazama Room Thurs, 7/23 12:00-1:00
Salem Admin Services – Print Plant DAS 1100 Airport Rd, lunchroom Tues, 7/28 11:30-12:30
Salem Admin Services – Print Plant DAS 530 Airport Rd, room 104 Tues, 7/28 3:00-4:00
Salem Admin Services – Salem Motor Pool Lunchroom Tues, 7/28 11:30-12:30
Salem Admin Services – Salem Motor Pool DAS 530 Airport Rd, room 104 Tues, 7/28 3:00-4:00
Salem Admin Services – State Data Center DAS 1100 Airport Rd, lunchroom Tues, 7/28 11:30-12:30
Salem Admin Services – State Data Center Room 104 Tues, 7/28 3:00-4:00
Salem Agriculture – Salem 3rd floor conference room Thurs, 8/6 7:00-8:00am
Salem Agriculture – Salem 3rd floor conference room Thurs, 8/6 12:00-1:00
Salem CCWD – Public Service Bldg Room 251 A/B Thurs, 7/30 12:00-1:00
Salem DCBS – 25th Ave SE Workers Comp Board Training Room Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Salem DCBS – L & I Building Weds, 7/29 12:00-1:00
Salem DHS – 3990 Fairview Ind Dr – Garmin Tues, 8/4 11:30am-1:00
Salem DHS – Cherry Street Thurs, 7/30 12:00-1:00
Salem DHS – DDS Lancaster Weds, 7/29 12:00-1:00
Salem DHS – Fairview Industrial Drive Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Salem DHS – Ferry Street OHPR Mt Mazama Room Thurs, 7/23 12:00-1:00
Salem DHS – HSB First Floor Cafe area 7/27/2015 and 11:30-1:00
Salem DHS – IRMS Fri, 7/24
10:45-11:30 am
Salem DHS – IRMS Fri, 7/24
6:45-7:30
Salem DHS – Marion County 25th Ave CW Bryan Johnston Conf Room Thurs, 7/23 11:30-1:00
Salem DHS – North Salem SS Weds, 7/22 11:30-1:00
Salem DHS – Winter St Contracting Thurs, 7/30 11:00-1:30
Salem DMV – Lana Ave Headquarters Cafeteria Thurs, 7/23 10:00-2:00
Salem Education – Hillcrest Weds, 7/22 1:00-4:00
Salem Education – Public Service Bldg Room 251 A/B Thurs, 7/30 12:00-1:00
Salem Employment – Central Office Basement room 15 Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Salem Employment – Salem Field Mount Hood Room Thurs, 7/23 11:30-1:30
Salem Employment – Salem OAH Tues, 8/4 11:30-1:30
Salem Forestry – Salem Adm 103 Clatsop room Weds, 8/5 11:30-1:30
Salem Health Boards – Health Lic. Office Weds, 7/29 11:00-2:00
Salem Justice – CCBC Bryan Johnston Conference Room Thurs, 7/23 11:30-1:00
Salem Justice – Commerce 1212 State St., Basement Conference Room Weds, 7/29 11:30-1:30
Salem Justice – Court St Building Kulongoski Room Thurs, 8/6 12:00-2:00
Salem Justice – Hawthorne 2250 McGilchrist Street SE Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Salem Justice – Promontory Bldg 12th St Large conference room (downstairs) Tues, 8/4 12:00-1:00
Salem Justice – Robertson Building Basement Conference Rm Weds, 7/29 11:30-1:30
Salem Justice – Vista Street 2250 McGilchrist Street SE Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Salem ODFW – Cherry St Headquarters Tues, 7/28 11:00-2:00
Salem ODOT – 4040 Fairview Industrial ODOT 4040 Fairview Industrial Dr Mon, 7/27 11:30-1:00
Salem ODOT – 455 Airport Rd ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 455 Airport Rd Bldg B ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 455 Airport Rd Bldg C ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 455 Airport Rd Bldg K ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 455 Airport Rd Bldg M ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 800 Airport Rd ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 885 Airport RD Bldg P ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 885 Airport Rd Bldg Q ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 885 Airport Rd Bldg R ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 885 Airport Rd Bldg T ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 885 Airport Rd Bldg W ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – Salem Mill Creek Building Tues, 7/28
Salem ODOT – Salem PUC Building ODOT 4040 Fairview Industrial Dr Mon, 7/27 11:30-1:00
Salem OHCS – Salem Thurs, 8/6 11:30-1:30
Salem OYA – Central Office Fri, 7/31
12:00-1:00
Salem OYA – Hillcrest Weds, 7/22 1:00-4:00
Salem PERS – Archives Building 700 Summer St Weds, 7/29 11:00-2:00
Salem State Library Thurs, 7/30 11:00-1:30
Salem Vets Affairs – Salem Weds, 7/29 11:00-2:00
Woodburn Education – MacLaren Admin Conference Room Mon, 7/27
1:00-4:00
Woodburn OYA – MacLaren Admin Conference Room Mon, 7/27
1:00-4:00

 


 Eugene area, Southern Oregon, and Southern Coast
City Worksite Meeting location
(if other than worksite listed)
Date and time
Coos Bay Coos Bay Regional Meeting North Bend Labor Temple, 3427 Ash St. Thurs, 8/6 5:30-7:30
Coos Bay DHS –
Newmark Center
Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Cottage Grove DHS – Cottage Grove Mon, 7/27 12:00-1:00
Cottage Grove DMV – Cottage Grove DHS
305 Coop Court
Mon, 7/27 12:00-1:00
Eugene Eugene
Regional Meeting
SEIU Office, 488 E. 11th Street, B-100 Tues, 8/4 5:30-7:30
Eugene DHS – McKenzie Tues, 7/28 11:30-1:30
Eugene DHS – West Eugene Weds, 7/29 12:00-1:00
Eugene DHS – Willamette Thurs, 7/23 12:00-1:00
Florence Florence
Regional Meeting
Siuslaw Library
1460 9th St.
Weds, 8/5 5:30-7:30
Grants Pass Grants Pass
Regional Meeting
La Quinta Inn 243 NE Morgan Ln Tues, 7/28 5:00-6:30
Grants Pass DHS –
Grants Pass APD
Tues, 8/4 12:00-1:00
Grants Pass DHS –
Grants Pass SS & CW
Tues, 7/28 11:30-1:30
Grants Pass OYA – Rogue Valley Weds, 7/22 1:30-4:30p
Klamath Falls Klamath Falls
Regional Meeting
Mazatlan Grill
2322 Washburn Way
Weds, 7/29 5:00-7:00
Klamath Falls DHS –
Klamath Falls APD
DHS SS & CW
700 Klamath Ave. #500
Weds, 7/22 11:30-1:30
Klamath Falls DHS – Klamath Falls SS & CW Weds, 7/22 11:30-1:30
Klamath Falls Employment –
Klamath Falls
DHS SS & CW
700 Klamath Ave. #500
Weds, 7/22 11:30-1:30
Klamath Falls ODOT – Klamath Falls Weds, 7/22 5:45 a.m.
Medford Medford
Regional Meeting
SEIU (Cobblestone Village, 1257 N Riverside #7) Mon, 7/27 5:30-6:30
Medford DHS – Medford DHS-DSO
28 West 6th Street Suite D
Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Medford DHS – Medford CW Weds, 7/29 11:30-1:30
Medford DHS – Medford DSO Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Medford DHS – Medford SS 909 Royal Court Weds, 7/29 11:30
Medford DHS – Medford SSO Mon, 7/27 11:30-1:30
Medford DHS – Medford VR DHS-DSO
28 West 6th Street Suite D
Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Medford DHS – West Medford DHS-DSO
28 West 6th Street Suite D
Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Medford Employment – Medford DHS-DSO
28 West 6th Street Suite D
Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Medford Justice – Medford Thurs, 7/23 11:30-1:30
North Bend DHS – Broadway Thurs, 8/6 12:00-1:00
Roseburg Roseburg
Regional Meeting
Holiday Inn – 375 W. Harvard Blvd. Thurs, 7/30 5:30-7:00
Roseburg DHS – Roseburg DSO Thurs, 7/23 2:00-4:00
Roseburg DHS – Roseburg SS & CW Thurs, 7/23 11:30-1:30
Roseburg DHS – Roseburg SSO DHS-Roseburg DSO Thurs, 7/23 2:00-4:00
Springfield DHS – Gateway Thurs, 7/30 12:00-1:00
Springfield DHS – Springfield Weds, 7/22 12:00-1:00
Springfield DMV – Springfield DHS
101 30th Street
Weds, 7/22 12:00-1:00
Springfield Forestry – Springfield DHS
101 30th Street
Weds, 7/22 12:00-1:00
Springfield ODFW – Springfield Field Office DHS
101 30th Street
Weds, 7/22 12:00-1:00

 


Eastern and Central Oregon
City Worksite Date and Time
Bend
Regional Meeting
SEIU Office, 925 SE 2nd St. Tues, 7/28
5:00-7:00
Bend – DHS worksite meeting DHS (1300 NW Wall St.) Thurs, 7/23
9:00am-12:00
Bend – Justice worksite meeting DHS (1300 NW Wall St.) Thurs, 7/23
9:00am-12:00
Burns
Regional Meeting
Best Western Rory and Ryan Hotel
534 Hwy 20N, Hines
Weds, 8/5
5:00-7:00
Burns
Regional Meeting
Best Western Rory and Ryan Hotel
534 Hwy 20N, Hines
Thurs, 8/6
6:30-8:30 a.m.
John Day
Regional Meeting
The Outpost Pizza
201 W. Main St.
Thurs, 8/6
5:00-7:00
La Grande
Regional Meeting
Bear Mountain Pizza
2104 Island Ave
Weds, 7/29
5:30
La Pine
Regional Meeting
Best Western Newberry Station
16515 Reed Rd.
Thurs, 7/30
5:00-7:00
Madras
Regional Meeting
Jefferson County Library (Rodriguez Annex)
134 SE E. St.
Weds, 7/29
5:00-7:00
Ontario
Regional Meeting
DHS Office
186 East Ln #3
Thurs, 7/30
12:00
Pendleton
Regional Meeting
SEIU Office
920 SW Frazer, Ste 120
Tues, 7/28
5:30
Prineville Pizza Hut
1505 NE 3rd St.
Tues, 8/4
5:00-7:00

 

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State Worker Tentative Agreement Summary

A summary of the entire state worker tentative agreement is now available! Click here to view and download the pdf.

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State Workers reach contract settlement

State Worker Barg Team 031815Our member-elected SEIU 503 state worker bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with the state!

Highlights include:

  • We more than held the line on healthcare. Starting in January 2016, we will move closer to fully paid healthcare: Most plans will go to a 99 percent/1 percent premium share, while the most expensive plans will stay at 95 percent/5 percent.
  • There will be a 1.48 percent cost-of-living raise on December 1, 2015 and a 2.75 percent cost-of-living raise on December 1, 2016.
  • Retirement security for all state workers. Protecting PERS has consistently been a top priority for our members. After a great deal of work by our bargaining team, the State agreed to buy out the 6 percent pick-up on 11/1/16. For more information on how the buy-out of the pick up will work, see our FAQ or video.
  • The day after Thanksgiving will be a new holiday for everyone! We’ve emphasized with the state over the last several bargaining cycles the importance of work/life balance and the work our members do in their communities. Our team landed on an extra holiday, which will give people more time with family and community.
  • We agreed to a four-year contract, which means that step increases are secured for the next four years. We will bargain again in two years only on differentials, cost-of-living adjustments, and health insurance. This will allow us to focus on workplace issues and work toward a 2017-2019 state budget that lifts up everyone by adequately funding services for all Oregonians and fair wages and benefits for workers.
  • Click here for complete summary of the tentative agreement.

On Saturday, July 18, our elected bargaining delegates will meet to review the tentative agreement and make a ratification recommendation. If you are interested in attending the conference, click here for the details and registration. Following the bargaining conference, we will hold a series of in-person ratification vote meetings at our largest worksites and in regional meetings around the state, in addition to our traditional mail ratification vote. Full summaries of the contract changes will be available at these meetings and mailed to members.

State workers have said very clearly these last few months that we won’t go backward on healthcare. Healthcare was the issue at the heart of the strike vote in 2013; because of state workers standing strong, we are moving forward. Our unity on issues like healthcare—along with our work electing allies who are willing to join us to make sure everyone has a Fair Shot—gave us the bargaining power to gain ground on healthcare, protect our retirement, and lift wages for everyone!

Congratulations to all state workers on reaching a strong tentative agreement!

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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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