Who We Are
Local 88 is the largest employee union in Multnomah County, Oregon. We represent approximately 3,387 members.
At the local level, we are composed of a main local and 4 sub-locals – Multnomah County (L88), Central City Concern (L88-1), Physicians Unit (L88-2), Transition Projects Inc. (L88-3), and Juvenile Custody Services Specialists (L88-6). Each sub-local has it’s own contract but we share the same Leadership team, constitution, and policies.
At the international level, our union is a member of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and, at the State level, we are one of the 172 locals that make up AFSCME Council 75. We are affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), a national trade union center and the largest federation of unions in the United States.
Our leadership team is composed of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and an executive board. Our officers serve 2 year terms.
Our Union is stronger when all of our members are engaged and participate. Thus, we encourage interested members, who are in good standing with our union, to run for leadership positions. Diversity in ideas and experiences are important to make good decisions and to build our strength! We think our Campaign Handbook will come in handy if you decide to run for an officer seat.
All executive board members are elected by the membership at large. Board seats are filled by members from each of the following sectors:
- – Public Safety sector hold 5 seats
- – Health and Human Services hold 5 seats
- – General Government and Library hold 5 seats
- – Private, non-profit agencies, hold 2 seats
The composition of the executive board is intended to reflect proportionally the members of the union, and may need to be adjusted to reflect current membership in sectors.
The executive board is responsible for keeping members in his or her sector informed of the work of the union. All matters affecting the policies, aims and means of accomplishing the objectives of the local not specifically provided for in the constitution or by the membership at large, is decided by the executive board.
Feel free to contact our current executive board members with questions, comments, or concerns. And, if you are interested in becoming a board member, check for executive board seats currently vacant. When you are ready to join the board, come to our general membership meeting where elections for open seats are conducted. General membership meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month – see our calendar for more information.
Stewards & Chief Stewards
Steward are union members who volunteer their time to represent and defend the interests of our fellow coworkers. They assist in fighting contract violations, advocate for members when they face difficulties in the workplace, and ensure that our rights are upheld.
If you have questions, concerns, or need the assistant of a steward don’t hesitate to contact your unit (shop) steward. The lists of stewards for each of the sub-locals are linked below:
If you have a passion for social justice and worker’s rights, you should consider becoming a steward. No experience is necessary and we provide the necessary training. As a steward, you learn valuable and sought after skills such as negotiation, collaboration, maneuvering difficult conversations, and organizing. Learn how to become a steward.
- To advocate for working conditions, rates of pay, benefits and pension for our members by negotiating and enforcing strong contracts.
- To build and model workplace democracy and sustain respectful workplace environments.
- To confront and challenge when employees are treated without respect.
- To provide excellent service to the public; the best value for the taxpayer dollar.
- To have an inclusive union with members who are engaged in an effective structure.
- To build and support an educated, strong and effective shop steward structure.
- To promote open communication, including the utilization of interactive information sharing technology.
- To be a positive presence in the community where we work, live, and play.
- To be informed and active in politics, as they impact workers in both local, state, national, and international issues and campaigns.
Are You Interested In Joining Our Union?
Oregon AFSCME (Council 75) has an Organizing Department that is ready to help you take that next step. If you and your co-workers are interested in forming a union, we are happy to discuss, confidentially, the process.
Council 75 represents public service, private, and non-profit employees so, we are able to help!
If you’re interested in AFSCME membership, we encourage you to contact our Organizing Director, Corey Hope Nicholson. You can reach her by e-mail or, by phone in the Portland area at (503) 239-9858 ext. 4138 or, toll-free statewide at (800) 792-0045. Any conversations will be strictly confidential.