UPDATE: AFSCME Local 88 Joins Nationwide Boycott of Staples

The nearly 3,000 Multnomah County employees represented by AFSCME Local 88 joined the nationwide boycott of the Staples office supply chain. 

In a letter to Staples CEO Ronald Sargent, Local 88 President Deirdre Mahoney-Clark said her union has voted to support the American Postal Workers Union in their call to boycott Staples, Inc.

Staples came under fire from unions for their pilot program that placed satellite post office branches in some 80 Staples stores nationwide that are staffed by Staples employees, not U.S. Postal Service personnel.

“We believe we have a right to postal services that are provided by uniformed USPS employees who have sworn an oath to safeguard our mail and who are accountable to the American people,” Mahoney-Clark told Sargent in her missive.

“We are opposed to turning good, living wage jobs into low-wage jobs. Our country needs more good jobs, not less!”

Mahoney-Clark concluded her letter to Sargent by telling him that until all postal counters in Staples stores are staffed by USPS employees, Local 88 “will take our business elsewhere.”

AFSCME — The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — represents about 25,000 public and private sector workers in Oregon and some 1.6 million nationwide. The Executive Board of Oregon AFSCME Council 75, the umbrella organization for Local 88 and all other AFSCME-affiliated local unions in Oregon, had previously voted to endorse the boycott and suspended its corporate account with Staples.

On August 17, 2015  The NLRB ruled against the USPS in the Staples case. In a major blow to the Postal Service’s deal with Staples, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint charging that the USPS illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply chain and ordering the agency to return the work that existed on July 31, 2014, to the APWU bargaining unit. A hearing is scheduled before an NLRB Administrative Law Judge on Aug. 17th.  https://www.apwu.org/news/web-news-article/nlrb-strikes-major-blow-usps-staples-deal

2015 Leadership Training Conference

2015 Leadership Training Conference registration is now open.

The event, at the Benson Hotel in Portland begins on Friday evening October 2, 2015 at 6:30 with dinner and a general session. Saturday October 3 will start with a general session and then workshops throughout the day. The last session of workshops will be held on Sunday morning October 4 and the conference will adjourn before 12-noon. Workshop topics will include a look ahead to 2016, building a more inclusive union, new media and communications and leadership development.

Local 88 has budgeted to send up to 10 members. Conference registration is limited to the first 150 registrants so if you wish to attend, please email the secretary and treasurer of Local 88 ASAP.

secretary@afscmelocal88.org and treasurer@afscmelocal88.org

They will need your name, address, telephone number and email address to register and pay for you.

You will find more information on the Council 75 website www.oregonafscme.com

Conservative Caucus Nomination Meeting June 27th

Greetings A.F.S.C.M.E. Council 75 Conservative Caucus Members!

My name is Gary Steiner and I am the Recording Secretary for our Conservative Caucus.

We are having a very important meeting 8 AM, Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Council 75′s Portland office. We will be accepting final nominations for all of our Caucus Board positions. The meeting usually lasts only an hour.

I have attached an update to this e-mail, so you can information about this meeting. Please check out our Conservative Caucus Website for more information, where you can find our previous meetings, bylaws and activities that we have done during our term.

This is a great time to come on board. I am looking forward to connecting with you!

In Unity & Respect,
Brother Gary

Conservative Caucus Update (PDF)

NOTICE: AFSCME Council 75 & Local 88 Email System Hacked

Local 88 Executive Board & Members:

WARNING: Local 88 has NOT sent any documents to members which require that you open them. Do not open such email links; delete them.

Some accounts on AFSCME Local 88 and Oregon AFSCME Council 75 were hacked briefly last week. These accounts have been returned to our control, but in an abundance of caution we are asking each of you to watch your accounts closely and report any suspicious activity to the webmaster at webmaster@afscmelocal88.org.

Further, we encourage everyone using the Local 88 gmail system to reset your password and please be sure that your password is very difficult:  use a number, letter, and symbol in your password and make it at least 8 characters long.

AFLAC Information Session, June 18th

AFLAC Future

Aflac is insurance that helps cover expenses major medical doesn’t. It pays cash benefits directly to you. It provides predetermined benefits that are paid regardless of any other insurance you have. And it fits most budgets—rates don’t go up when you file a claim. Learn how we’ve got you covered under our wing.

Our Aflac agent will be here:

  • 1-2 PM in the Cooper Room, 5th Floor Multnomah Building
  • Thursday, June 18th

Your Aflac agent:

  • Teresa Cravinho teresa_cravinho@us.aflac.com
  • (503) 319-3989
  • P.O. Box 2024, Tualatin, OR 97062

Take Action for a Higher Minimum Wage!

AFL-CIO LogoOregon’s minimum wage is too low: hundreds of thousands of working families are struggling to get by, even with full time employment. That’s why we must raise the minimum wage, and why our leaders in Salem need to hear us loud and clear.

On Saturday, June 6th, we’re taking the conversation about raising wages to the streets

Our allies at the Fair Shot for All Coalition and the Minimum Wage Coalition have organized actions across the state for Saturday, June 6th where workers like you are speaking up and spreading the word about raising the minimum wage.

Actions will be held in Portland, Eugene, Bend and Salem throughout the day on Saturday, June 6th. Click here to Learn more and RSVP today.