8/29 Bargaining Update

By President / On / In Local 88

Dear Local 88 Members,

Last Wednesday we met again with the management bargaining team in an effort to reach a contract settlement. We primarily discussed issues related to equity, and fair working conditions including the length of the probationary period, a fair and transparent hiring process, and addressing microaggressions and discrimination in the workplace. We hope that discussion will help cause a change in management’s position on these important issues but we need your help: Please see the actions listed below.

We will meet again with the management team on September 13 and we anticipate receiving a response on our wage and other major economic proposals at that meeting. We will also be spending a fair amount of time discussing our concerns and objections to the County’s health insurance proposal that includes increases in deductibles, co-pays, and employee premium share contributions. Additionally and we will be discussing what the County can do to encourage wellness and remove barriers that our members face related to wellness.

WHAT ACTIONS YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

  • Support our workforce equity resolution by attending the Board of Commissioners hearing on September 14 @ 10:45AMMultnomah Building Commissioners Room. (Attendance should be on your own time)
  • Attend the Local 88 & Multco bargaining session on September 13, from 10:00AM to Noon, Multnomah Building Room 380 – please RSVP by clicking on the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/7GBhSoRiGgQsvPLD2(Attendance should be on your own time)
  • Wear green to work and union stickers and put up placards at your desk or cubicle on September 13 and 27.
  • Fill out a brief questionnaire about wellness https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L5WR62N

In Unity,

The Local 88 Bargaining Team

8/14 Bargaining Update

By President / On / In Local 88

Last Wednesday (August 9th) our bargaining team met with management for our fifth bargaining session. While no tentative agreements were reached on any subject our bargaining team raised important arguments regarding our current proposals and concerns about management’s proposed changes to our health insurance benefits.

From the start of our preparations for bargaining we’ve attempted to be inclusive of the needs of all our members, considering different needs while focusing on our shared interests. We have attempted to craft our proposals with a concerted effort towards improving equity, specifically broadening the definition of family when it comes to sick and bereavement leave, leave to deal with immigration matters, improving transparency in the hiring and promotion process, supporting workers in their initial trial service period, and a process for dealing with discrimination and microaggressions in the work place. While management has made some movement on the definition of family for use of leave as well as immigration leave, their substantive response on the other issues is that they want to retain their management rights but have presented no alternative solutions. When we asked management if they utilized the County’s equity lens to review their proposal on health insurance benefits that includes reductions in benefits and increases in our out-of-pocket costs, we were told that they did not.

Finally, they responded to our proposal on improving contract language covering alternative work schedules and telework arrangements, we were told by management that they believe the current process is working fine.

Help us tell the management bargaining team why there needs to be more transparency in the hiring and promotion process by filling out this short questionnaire: https://goo.gl/forms/VGZFrDKlRyNTj9vb2

Provide your story to the bargaining team regarding your experience with alternative schedules and telework agreements by filling out the short form: https://goo.gl/forms/Rwlg422DAwnZk6oK2

For a complete break-down of all of our proposals as well as management’s proposals, click on this link: http://www.afscmelocal88.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Local-88-Multco-Side-by-Side.pdf

Draft Materials for 8/16 General Membership Meeting

By President / On / In Local 88

Final versions will be distributed at the meeting.

Draft Agenda: GM 2017.08.16 A

June GM minutes: GM 2017.06.21 M (1)

July EB minutes: EB 2017.07.05 M (1)

July GM minutes: GM 2017.07.19 M

August EB minutes: EB 2017.08.02 M

AFL-CIO Resolution: Equity in Bargaining Resolution – OR AFL-CIO 2017

AFL-CIO Resolution: National Popular Vote Resolution OR AFL-CIO 2017

AFL-CIO Resolution: Remove Undemocratic Preemption Laws Resolution OR AFL-CIO 2017

AFL-CIO Resolution: Humane Solutions for the Unhoused Resolution OR AFL-CIO 2017