Local 2734 Needs Rally Support! (In Tillamook)

Please join us for a fair contract rally in support of our Tillamook County AFSCME Brothers and Sisters on Friday October 16th at 5:30 on the corner of 1st and Highway 101-RIGHT OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSE in Tillamook.

AFSCME Local 2734 (Tillamook County) has been working without a contract since January 1, 2015.  The County declared impasse on October 5 and we are now in our 30 day cooling off period.

We fully expect the County to implement their final offer at the end of the 30 days.

The Local has agreed to no wage increases for 2 years in order to keep their current health insurance plan.  The County wants them to move to a plan with significantly higher co-pays and deductibles-meaning more out of pocket for many folks. This employer has a lot of folks afraid of retaliation and we can use some morale boosts and solidarity building for our members over here.

So come join us if you can.  

AFSCME Local 88 Statement on Paid Parental Leave Policy 2-57

Our press release on Multnomah County, Oregon enacting paid parental leave for it’s employees:

AFSCME Local 88 Statement on Paid Parental Leave Policy 2-57

Effective Nov. 1, 2015, Multnomah County will be implementing a paid parental leave policy of up to 6 weeks following the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child. AFSCME Local 88 applauds Chair Kafoury and the Board of Commissioners for championing this policy and extending this benefit to all eligible employees, female and male.

“The national landscape is shifting in the direction of recognizing the importance of increased flexibility and work-life balance for new mothers and fathers,” says Local 88 President Deirdre Mahoney-Clark. “It is of consequence that Chair Kafoury and the Board have taken a leadership role on this important issue in increasing our ability to recruit and retain talented and hard-working public employees for Multnomah County.”

Currently only three states — California, New Jersey and Rhode Island — offer paid family leave. Our neighbors in Washington passed a program in 2007, but it has not been implemented due to lack of funding. According to the Council of Economic Advisers in a report to the White House in June 2014, only 11 percent of private sector workers have access to a formal paid leave policy.

Mahoney-Clark notes that same report found large disparities in access to paid leave across groups, with access to paid leave being particularly low among Hispanics, less educated workers and low wage workers. Taking into account this “benefits gap,” inequality in total compensation between more and less advantaged groups is even greater than inequality in income alone.

A recent survey of Multnomah County employees found that women were taking an average of 6 weeks unpaid following the birth of a new baby. Given that women are becoming increasingly the primary breadwinners for their families, a statewide family leave insurance program is long overdue. Multnomah County’s taking a leadership role in raising the bar on this issue should be seen as a challenge to other public and private entities in this state.

AFSCME — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — has advocated at all levels for paid parental leave, including advocating for a federally mandated parental leave program since 2012. AFSCME Local 88 represents over 3,000 Multnomah County employees.

Calling all Amigos y Amigas to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

national-hispanic-heritage-month1Join in the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month activities hosted by the Multnomah County Health Department, Bienestar de la Familia, and the county Employees of Color (EOC).

Latin Americans Documentary Brown Bag

The activities will kick off with the showing of 3 films, part of the “Latino American’s,” documentary - Sept 23, 30th, Oct 14 – 12-1 pm. -  McCoy Building.


The annual reading of the Proclamation will feature a presentation by county STRYVE program participants, folkloric dancing, and light refreshments.  It will take place on October 8th, 10:30 – 12:30 pm - Multnomah building.

After-Hours Fiesta

A new feature this year, will be an “After-Hours Fiesta,” to be held on Thursday, October 8 (4:30 - 7:30 pm) at Cha Cha Cha Taqueria located at 305 NW 21st Ave.

My Lating American Story

Culminating the month will be presentations by county employees sharing their stories on October 15 – 12-1pm – Lincoln Building.

Keynote Speaker:  Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio

And a featured keynote address by Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, Director of Health Equity at Families where her focus is on expanding and strengthening Families USA’s ability to enhance and elevate health care advocacy and activism in communities of color across the nation-  October 16th - 8:30 - 10:30 am - Multnomah Building.

All events are free and open to the public. 

Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 and the length of it was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period (September 15 -October 15). It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  All declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize  celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.

Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America.

Market Wage Adjustment Study (Class Comp)

Local 88 and the county have now shared jurisdiction and wage data for all classifications in the study.  With all data now on the table we’ve begun earnest discussion on jurisdictions to use for wage comparison.

Where both L88 and the county selected the same jurisdictions to use  for comparison and determined the midpoint of the wage range, the two sides have a tentative agreement on market adjustment proposals.  Until the entire package reaches agreement, the specifics may not be published.  

In a few cases we differ on the jurisdictions or job classifications selected to use as a comparison.  Both sides will review the data and will come back to the table to bargain which comparisons to use.  

There will be a secondary meeting to review the job duties of Mult Co Corrections Techs and compare them to the job duties from the jurisdictions presented by both sides.

There will be a secondary meeting to review  of the work in the OA jurisdictions to determine if the classifications match the level of work of the county and are truly comparable. For instance, is an Office Specialist 1 at the State comparable to an OA1 or OA2 in in Mult Co. 

We will continue to pass on updates as they become available