International Convention Attendance Application for Next Wave

So you wanna go to the AFSCME 41st International Convention in Chicago on July 14th though 18, 2014?  Well, tell us why!

This submitted application will be reviewed by current active Next Wave Committee members to qualify you to attend. Applications must be in by 8:00pm May 15th and applicants will be notified by May31st. If you have any questions please email Joe McGonigle at or Kristin Wray at

If you are selected to attend you will be required to attend all Convention related activities and help work the Next Wave booth you will also be required to share a hotel room with another member.

Click on the link below to fill out and submit your application:


Bargaining at the Table Update 4/2/2014

contractWe reached agreement on the ground rules on bargaining today, 4/2/2014.  Ground rules are a set of rules management and labor agree on covering the behavior and process at the bargaining table.

We agreed we will meet the 1st and 3rd Wed of each month and no new proposals can be presented by either side after the 4th bargaining meeting, 6/4/14.

Local 88 members may attend bargaining sessions as observers but
would have to do so on their own time.

Please contact Bryan Lally with at least three days notice of the
day and time if you are interested in attending.

We also reached agreement on general table conduct, the use of
alternates and the process for tentative agreements.

Between now and the bargaining session on April 16 we will be
drafting language for the first exchange of proposals on that day.

At the end of each bargaining day we will report back to you the
information on those proposals through notice on the Local 88
website. The website will be updated no later than Friday’s
at noon.

AFSCME Local 88 Name Used without Permission in City Race

AFSCME Local 88, Multnomah County Employees have made no endorsements in any City of Portland candidate race, nor will we until our sibling local, AFSCME Local 189, City of Portland, completes their endorsement process. Any information to the contrary is inaccurate.

AFSCME Local 88 has a very structured, formal process that is followed, including candidate interviews, questionnaires, joint candidate forums, and finally debate and vote by our General Membership. We strive to be as transparent and democratic in our process as we possibly can. Local 88 has not been involved in any part of the endorsement process for any City candidate.

  • Deirdre Mahoney-Clark, President AFSCME Local 88
  • Jason Heilbrun, Vice President/PAC Chair AFSCME Local 88

Letter from Senator Merkley on ENDA

Senator Jeff Merkley, (D) Oregon

Senator Jeff Merkley, (D) Oregon

All Americans deserve fairness in the workplace. Sadly, it’s still legal in more than half the U.S. to fire someone just because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

I’ve been honored to take up Ted Kennedy’s mantle and lead the successful fight in the U.S. Senate to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). But unfortunately, Speaker Boehner is blocking ENDA by refusing to let it come to the floor for a vote in the House, even though it recently passed the Senate by a bipartisan, two-to-one vote.

We need action now. That’s why this week, I am leading over 200 of my Senate and House colleagues in calling on President Obama to sign an executive order to end taxpayer-funded discrimination in the workplace. There are long-standing policies in place banning discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and religion by government contractors. There is no reason to wait any longer to extend these anti-discrimination policies to cover LGBT Americans and protect millions of people from being fired for who they are or who they love. You can click here to read my letter to the President and see the many senators and members of Congress who have signed their name to this critical effort.

Fairness, justice and equality are at the heart of who we are as a nation. Discrimination has no place in America. Please know I’ll keep fighting for LGBT equality and to end workplace discrimination for all Americans.

All my best,

Oregon AFSCME Presents: Cesar Chavez New Movie Night

DATE: Saturday, March 29

  • CesarChavezMovieNightFlyer2014PRE-MOVIE RECEPTION: 5-5:45 p.m.
  • Socializing • Appetizers • Refreshments
  • LOCATION:  AFSCME Office, 6025 E Burnside St, Portland
  • MOVIE: 6:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION:  Regal Lloyd Center 10 Theater 1510 NE Multnomah Street, Portland

Purchase your own tickets ahead of time, to guarantee a seat. Families welcome. A limited block of tickets are available at cost. Contact for more information:

Multnomah County employee survey shows high job satisfaction, aging workforce

Reposted from the Oregonian, March 12, 2014.

new survey of Multnomah County’s government employees shows they are largely happy with their jobs, but there’s room for improvement upon relationships between managers and employees, and workers of different races.

The 2013 Countywide Employee Survey, which was released last Thursday, includes responses from about 3,000 county workers. The results offer a glimpse of who is working for the county, and how they feel about their work.

Women make up about two-thirds of respondents to the survey, and 75 percent of respondents are white.

Survey participation varied from department to department. Eighty-five percent of workers in the Department of Community Services took the survey, while only 43 percent of Sheriff’s Office workers responded.

Generally, survey respondents identified as mostly happy with their jobs, with job satisfaction increasing from 80 percent to 83 percent since the last time the survey was taken 2011.

Not all the results were good, though. Twelve percent of respondents said they feel intimidated by their supervisor, and 20 percent said they would not feel comfortable speaking up if they noticed discriminatory or unethical behavior in the workplace.

Overall, minorities noticed racial disparities at work more often than their white counterparts. Only 4 percent of white employees disagreed with the statement, “People in my work unit are accepting of people of different races, cultures, and backgrounds.”

Meanwhile, 16 percent of black or African American respondents disagreed.

More than a quarter of black employees, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders reported their race or ethnicity negatively affects their experience at work.

While the numbers were identified as cause for concern, they represented an improvement since 2011, when 35 percent of black employees reported perceived discrimination at work.

The data also highlighted an aging workforce that, soon, could create many job openings at the county. Thirty-five percent of county employees are Baby Boomersbetween age 51 and 70. Nearly 20 percent of county employees expect to retire within the next five years.

Ballot Initiatives Update: What Union Households Should Know

The New 2014 Oregon Ballot
from the Oregon AFL-CIO

voteMonday’s news that two anti-worker ballot measures have been pulled, in exchange for workers’ rights advocates pulling a series of revenue raising measures, has left a lot of people asking where this leaves union members come the 2014 election.

There is still plenty of work to be done.

First, there is still one dues check-off attack that could be filed. We don’t expect to see it on the ballot, but we have to be ready in case proponents go back to the Secretary of State to get the measure approved for signature gathering.

Second, from what we’ve seen across the country the out-of-state groups that want to pass these anti-workers measures won’t stop at one defeat. We must make sure that we have pro-worker majorities in both the State House and State Senate – legislators who will say no to attacks on workers, no matter what their party affiliation is. That’s why our political staff are already looking at races where we’ll need union members to help elect pro-worker candidates.

Third, Oregon is lucky enough to have a Senator who’s led the way on reforming Washington. But Senator Merkley is up for election this year, and we know he’ll be at the top of the list when it comes to attacks by groups who want to keep Washington the way it is.

And finally, there are other measures on the ballot that are all about workers’ economic bottom line – like the opportunity for all workers to gain the federal benefits of marriage, and the ability of every Oregonian to safely and legally drive to work.

Our primary election calendar will be up on our new website soon, and we’ll make sure you know about all of the opportunities to get involved. Read President Chamberlain’s statement on the measures being withdrawn for more information on the process and next steps.